ANIMAL EXTREMIST GROUPS USE COVID-19 TO ATTACK FARMING AND RANCHING
Animal Extremist Groups Use COVID-19 to Attack Farming and Ranching
Once again, animal extremist groups prove they don’t know what they are talking about. In typical PETA fashion, senior vice-president, Kathy Guillermo, made a statement in January about coronavirus. As expected, she used fears about the spreading virus to make false assertions about animal agriculture. Her statements are proof that animal extremist groups will use any opportunity they can find to malign the good work of farmers and ranchers.
Zoonotic Diseases, Part of the Ecosystem for Millenia
There are viruses and parasites that can be transmitted from animals to humans. The name for this is Zoonosis. Zoonoses is the plural term. Other terms commonly used are zoonotic diseases, zoonotic parasites or zoonotic infections. Unlike what animal extremist groups would like for the public to believe, zoonotic diseases are not something new. Nor are they solely the result of hunting animals for food or utilizing food and products made from animals in agriculture. As an example, Rabies is a zoonotic virus that can be transferred from animals to humans. Most commonly, the virus is transferred via saliva from a bite by the animal. This is one of the reasons why rabies vaccines are required for pets and other animals across the United States. Rabies vaccinations are also highly recommended for those that work in the veterinary industry. In regard to zoonotic parasites, there are a number that can survive and multiply within animal or human hosts, and that is why veterinarians recommend medications for controlling and eliminating parasites in pets and livestock.
In short, zoonotic diseases are nothing new and there are systems in place to help keep both animals and human populations healthy and safe. Veterinarians play a vital role in the control and prevention of zoonotic diseases. If you would like to learn more about them, we encourage visiting the AVMA’s website and search under “Public Health” topics.
Some Basic Facts About Coronavirus in Humans
There are flaws with PETA’s comment in that a novel virus means a “new virus” to a population. Coronaviruses are present in animals and humans. Most people get infected with human strains of coronaviruses at some point in their lives. These illnesses usually last for a short amount of time, and symptoms may include:
Human coronaviruses can cause other illnesses, such as pneumonia or bronchitis. This is more common in individuals with heart and lung disease, those with weakened immune systems, infants, and older adults. Please note, by providing this information, we are in no way trying to diminish the impact COVID-19 is having, or to diminish the severity of the virus. We are simply bringing to light the tactics of animal extremist groups. If you would like more information about COVID-19, which is a zoonotic coronavirus, we recommend visiting the CDC website.
We Need to Focus on What Is Important – Protecting Ourselves and Helping Our Nation Remain Strong
With the global spread of COVID-19, unless you are living on the International Space Station, you are at risk of picking up the virus (and of course other contagious illnesses as well), whether you eat meat or not. These animal extremist groups are employing scare tactics to manipulate the public in order to raise money to further their ultimate goal, which is to eliminate animals from our lives. They do not believe animals should be in human care. What these groups are doing is disgraceful.
Meanwhile across the country, people are checking on their neighbors and helping when needed. Essential businesses are becoming creative and innovative in looking for ways to meet the needs of their clients. Health care workers are working overtime. Farmers and ranchers are continuing to produce the food, fiber and pharmaceuticals needed by our nation. This is heartwarming, and it is the America we all know and love. By helping each other, staying focused and ignoring the scare tactics of extremist groups, together we will make it through this time and prosper in the future.