The UK Department for International Development, International Livestock Research Institute, Hanoi School of Public Health and other groups created a report about zoonotic diseases.
Humane Research Council (HRC) explains “Zoonoses are diseases that can be transmitted between species, and are a major threat to the health of humans and animals. Every year, 13 zoonoses result in 2.4 billion instances of human illness and 2.2 million human deaths.”
Think bird flu, H1N1, rabies, brucellosis, leptospirosis, salmonellosis, anthrax, West Nile Virus, Rift Valley fever, toxoplasmosis, leishmaniasis, HIV/AIDS and many more. That’s just a partial list of zoonotic diseases.
The report specifically looked at areas of the world where zoonotic diseases related to livestock are most prevelent. The HRC says: “Most cases of zoonoses occur in countries with low or middle incomes. This report identified zoonoses ‘hotspots’, and discussed links between poverty, malnourishment, keeping livestock, and zoonoses. An increase in global demand for products from livestock animals is likely to result in an increase in the spread of these infectious diseases.”
Let me say that last part again to let it really sink in: “An increase in global demand for products from livestock animals is likely to result in an increase in the spread of these infectious diseases.” Said another way, the consumer demand for meat and other animal products poses a threat to the health of all humanity. This is just one of many reasons why veganism is a choice that benefits not just animals and the environment, but also ALL human beings.
You can read the report here: http://mahider.ilri.org/bitstream/handle/10568/21161/ZooMap_July2012_final.pdf?sequence=4
Link to the HRC file: http://www.humanespot.org/content/zoonoses-hotspots