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Diseases Arise from Animal Agriculture

A recent report by the International Livestock Research Institute said that a growing number of livestock are fuelling new animal epidemics worldwide, such as SARS and H1N1. The report stated that seventy-five percent of emerging infectious diseases originate in animals, and of these 61 percent are transmissible between animals and humans. "A new disease emerges every four months; many are trivial but HIV, SARS and avian influenza (eg. H5N1) illustrate the huge potential impacts," John McDermott and Delia Grace at the Nairobi-based institute wrote in the report.

To read the article please search online for Growing number of farm animals spawn new diseases

Factory farms are the perfect vessels for new bacteria and viruses to arise, leaving humans and animals vulnerable to potentially decimating epidemics. The cost (financial, emotional, physical, environmental and even spiritual) could prove too much for humanity's sake. I think the time has come when as stewards of God's Creation we have to make serious decisions about our actions, which in turn affect the fate of God's Creation. In this case, we cannot claim ignorance as there is plenty of warning evidence.

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