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  1. This article mainly discusses the suffering of exotic animals, but the majority of animals who suffer are animals farmed for food. 9.8 billion land animals and countless sea animals (literally – it is measured by weight, but it is most likely in the trillions due to bycatch) are killed each year for food.

    The way we treat animals is horrible and the conditions they are raised in have actually caused many disease outbreaks, including the current coronavirus. In Denmark recently, there have been reports of outbreaks of a new strain of coronavirus from minks held in captivity for fur. Anytime animals are used as a means of profit, whether it is for animal agriculture (food or clothing) or entertainment (zoos), people will keep them in closer and closer captivity just to maximize their profits.

    It’s not just wild animals that cause infectious diseases either, but all animals kept in close captivity are reservoirs for zoonotic diseases such as various strains of swine flus and avian flus. Not only do we need to deal with new strains of virus mutating through animals, but we also need to deal with widespread antibiotic resistance stemming from the overuse of antibiotics in farmed animals. Animal agriculture is the cause of so many societal problems (infectious diseases, climate change, other social justice issues, just to name a few).

    The treatment of animals raised for food is absolutely horrific and has consequences, but you don’t need to work for the Humane Society to take action. You can start by changing what’s on your plate.

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