Thanks to global pandemonium revolving around swine flu, almost everything has ground to a halt in Mexico; schools in New York, California, and Texas have closed; Europeans are being urged to postpone travel to the U.S. and Mexico, and sore throat sufferers everywhere are dialing their doctors to ask, “Is it really just my allergies … or have I got swine flu?”
You know who’s to blame? Yup, filthy factory farms. A headline in Vera Cruz’s La Marcha points the finger at gi-normous pig-breeding farms operated by a subsidiary of Smithfield Foods, the world’s largest hog producer. Local residents reportedly believe that feces from the pig farms has contaminated the water and the air, spreading the virus to people. Another article in the Huffington Post quotes La Jornada newspaper, which points the finger at a factory farm in La Gloria, saying, “Clouds of flies emanate from the lagoons where Granjas Carroll discharges the fecal waste from its hog barns ….” Yup, knew all that.
Because human consumption of meat is the sole reason that these factory farms exist, PETA has fired off a letter to Mexico City Mayor Marcelo Ebrard urging him to encourage residents to go vegetarian, noting that such an action could help prevent future outbreaks. We’re also shipping emergency Spanish-language copies of our “Vegetarian Starter Kit” in case residents need helpful tips when making the shift.
If you live in the U.S., encourage members of Congress to stop the spread of these diseases by ending factory farming.
Written by Karin Bennett