Thiruvananthapuram: People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India has urged the Kerala government to shut down pig farms in the state to prevent further spread of the infection and possible pandemic. This comes after the death of a 12-year-old child from the Nipah virus in Kerala has prompted PETA India to contact Kerala Animal Husbandry and Dairy Development Minister J. Chinchrani to urge closure of pig farms in the state. The spread of infection and a possible epidemic.
PETA India’s request in Kerala on September 21 comes within two months of the group setting up a warning billboard in Delhi about the meat industry’s links to the spread of bird flu. In Delhi, an 11-year-old boy had succumbed to complications from infection with H5N1 bird flu, a 60 per cent mortality rate, in July. PETA India Vegan Foods and Nutrition Specialist Dr Kiran Ahuja said, “The overcrowded animal farms of the meat industry create hotspots for zoonotic diseases. These killer facilities need to be shut down immediately and permanently.”
PETA India said the World Animal Health Organization has warned that Nipah virus is highly contagious in pigs and has devastating zoonotic potential, meaning it can infect humans from other animals.