ASSOCIATION 
VIVRE ET LAISSER VIVRE 
Avian Flu, Swine Flu, SARS, COVID-19

 Meat Kills



Introduction

7 associations have taken the initiative to send an unusual letter to heads of state and organisations like the EU, UN, etc., asking them to take their responsibility to prevent pandemics in the future by implementing some ambitious measures: in the long run, we must stop the consumption of animals and their products. At the moment, we are doing everything we can to fight the COVID-19 virus, but we must never forget where the virus actually comes from. There is little doubt that it comes from the consumption and sale of wild animals. COVID-19 is not the first pandemic. The largest was in 1918, when more than 50 million men, women and children died (almost the current population of France!) as a result of swine fever that also became transmissible from human to human through mutations. Hopefully we will not reach such a catastrophic number this time with the COVID-19 pandemic. But we are convinced that if we don't change our behaviour towards animals, there is a good chance that other pandemics will emerge. Scientists have been warning us for a long time. It is a call for drastic change in our society. We realise that but we think it is necessary. We invite other associations and organisations around the world to join us. Please sign and share this petition if you support this initiative.
Here once more the LINK of the petition: https://www.change.org/p/les-responsables-des-pays-grippe-aviaire-peste-porcine-sars-covid-19-la-viande-tue (the petition started in France so is in french, and is also translated into dutch , german, italian and spanish)
Below you’ll find the letter ⤵️

We demand an end to human and animal suffering!
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The 2nd of June 2020
Dear Sir, Dear Madam,
All eyes are on you now?

We have entered a crisis. The COVID-19 crisis with already
378,068 deaths today in the world ..... worldometers.info/coronavirus/
It's a terrifying number, knowing that behind each figure hides a story: no longer being able to see a grandfather ... being alone after the death of a mother ... dying alone in the hospital or even at home without help ..... not being able to say goodbye to your loved one .... And we are only at the beginning.
Over the last couple of centuries millions of people have already died in pandemics whether it is from an Influenza virus, a Corona virus or another. It's been proven that most of these viruses are a mutation from viruses that come from animals, whether they are living in the wild or farmed. It has also been proven that there is a close link between these viruses and intensified farming production systems.
The worst in history, the 1918 flu pandemic that killed over 50 million people in 1918-1919, was a form of swine flu that crossed the species barrier to infect humans.
The Asian Flu in 1957-1958 with 1.1 million deaths was due to an avian influenza virus H2N2.
HIV from a virus originating in primates has cost the lives of 25 to 35 million people up to now.
During the 2009/2010 Swine Flu pandemic between 151,700–575,400 people died from a new strain of a H1N1 virus , a result from a previous triple reassortment of bird, swine, and human flu viruses further combined with a Eurasian pig flu virus.
SARS in 2002/2003 was a corona virus coming from Bats/Civets, Ebola came from wild animals, MERS, a corona virus coming from Bats and Camels and now the COVID-19 possibly coming from Pangolins. Source: https://www.visualcapitalist.com/history-of-pandemics-deadliest/?fbclid=IwAR3lMlA1MbN5Ry9ogxatOIuSzp5NrMpGmEDLP8lRWgSi1SUQjA0XCaPISj4
Already in 2005 the former Director-General of WHO, Dr LEE Jong-wook, said in a speech: "It is only a matter of time before an avian flu virus—most likely H5N1—acquires the ability to be transmitted from human to human, sparking the outbreak of human pandemic influenza. We don't know when this will happen. But we do know that it will happen."
And he was right.
Scientists have already been warning us for years that a pandemic can occur. And what do we do? We ignore it, we try to avoid it by killing billions of animals (poultry - for avian influenza, cows - for mad cow disease, pigs - for swine fever), and then we continue as before as if nothing has happened... instead of changing our eating habits.
We, the signatories of this petition, believe that the time has come to change our attitudes towards animals and to take drastic action. We have to end the idea that we can continue to eat animals, whether wild or domesticated. We don't need it to be happy and healthy. There is even conclusive evidence that overconsumption of meat is involved in many health problems and thus contributes to the increase in the cost to the social security budget of medical care.

Chinese authorities have decided to permanently ban the consumption or sale of wild animals. It's a good start. And you, what are you going to do? Today, you can no longer deny the obvious: that the consumption of animal products endangers the entire world population, even the increasing number of people who do not eat animal products anymore. It is clear that a virus does not discriminate and know borders and it is clear that our countries are far from being able to face a pandemic like this.
Some even claim that if we didn't eat meat, or had eaten much less, there would have been no COVID-19. It may be simplistic reasoning but it seems to be the sad truth.
We join the authors of the letter published in La Liberation on March 30, 2020 signed by 19 people in the medical / animal welfare world https://www.liberation.fr/debats/2020/03/30/eviter-les-prochaines-crises-en-changeant-de-modele-alimentaire_1783572?fbclid=IwAR1M9ZRITrbOSdMQgtJF1YOux3Lc-C-hYVCl4mN4LCx2ZG87W9DOCQKf3zs
"Making the collective choice of a diet that no longer contains animal products would be a much less restrictive change than the one we are currently undergoing. The best precaution, to avoid the repetition of health and economic crises like the one we are going through, would therefore be to initiate a society-wide transition to plant food and redirect our agricultural resources to human food rather than livestock. Will we be up to the challenge?”
We are!
What do we want?

Instead of tolerating, even encouraging, the livestock industries, we should think in the long term, gradually eliminate the farming of all animals and financially supporting the development of alternative sources of protein. It is unacceptable to continue to pretend to farmers that they can put their hope in an industry with no future, when we know that diseases like avian flu and swine fever, and other viruses pose a real potential danger to human health.

We ask the European Commission, the European Parliament, the members of the European Council to stop turning a blind eye to unacceptable practices in farming and to change course. We would also like the European Union to express itself more precisely and clearly on the negative effects of the consumption of animal products, and to encourage the production of plant-based proteins and other alternatives to animal origin, not only for the good of human health, but also for animal welfare, for the environment, for the balance and better distribution of foodstuffs all over the world, and above all to fight against climate change.
Yours sincerely,
the associations Eyes on Animals, Vivre et Laisser Vivre, LUNA, L'Arche de Maddy, Sanctuaire La Garie, Nala85480 and Forests From Farms and those who signed this petition