Meat Plant COVID-19 Cases Prompt PETA Mobile Billboard
The Rosderra Irish Meats processing plant in Tipperary will remain open even though one-third of its workers have tested positive for COVID-19.
Because of their frigid temperatures and cramped conditions, meat-processing plants in Ireland – as well as the US – have become COVID-19 hotspots.
Outbreaks have been reported at 16 Irish plants, and around 900 workers have tested positive.
In protest at the Irish government’s inaction over this issue, a new PETA mobile billboard ad is driving around Dublin, sharing an urgent message: “Close abattoirs and meat factories: save the workers, their families, and the animals.”
Eating Meat Has Deadly Consequences
Experts say that the COVID-19 outbreak originated in a “wet market” in Wuhan, China, where humans had direct contact with live animals and dead animal flesh.
Now, this deadly disease is sweeping through blood-soaked, offal-strewn meat-processing plants and endangering workers, their families, and the whole community. And like wet markets, squalid abattoirs and meat factories are known to be hotbeds for disease.
According to Public Health England, “Many (60 to 80% [of]) emerging infections are derived from an animal source.” Filthy factory farms, abattoirs, and meat markets threaten the health of every human being on the planet by providing a breeding ground for deadly pathogens like the ones behind COVID-19, SARS, bird flu, and more.
As COVID-19 spreads like wildfire from worker to worker, PETA is calling for abattoirs and meat-processing plants to shut down and stay closed, for everyone’s protection.
What You Can Do
Humans’ mistreatment of other animals is harming not only them but also us, and now is the time for each and every person to take responsibility for our part.
The link between outbreaks of diseases like COVID-19 and eating meat is undeniable – and the solution is clear: to prevent future pandemics, humans must stop abusing other animals and go vegan.