We musttake pandemics off the menu

Why?

There is a lesson that we as a species have failed to learn despite hundreds of years of powerful warnings. Tuberculosis, measles, whooping cough, typhoid, leprosy, and the common cold all have one thing in common: They jumped from animals to people when we started domesticating, farming and exploiting animals.

  • Millions killed

    Killing animals is killing us too. Just in the last hundred years, flu pandemics have spread across the world killing up to 100 million people, and devastating the lives of countless others.

  • Protect our planet

    Animal agriculture drives deforestation; displacing wildlife and exposing us to the pathogens they house. Scientists have been telling us for years what we must do to protect our planet and ourselves. It’s time to listen and act.

  • We need to change

    Our disrespectful treatment of animals puts our lives and the lives of our loved ones at great risk. To prevent another pandemic, we must change our relationship with animals, and that begins by taking them off our plates.

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    Tag @MillionDollarVegan on a social media picture of yourself wearing a face mask or face covering with our hashtag #TakePandemicsOffTheMenu.

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    COVID-19 isn’t the first pandemic we’ve faced and, unless we change our behavior, it won’t be our last. Please help us to educate others about what we can do to prevent future pandemics.

  • Join the movement

    It is time to make the connection between animal agriculture and environmental destruction, antibiotic resistance and disease outbreak, and to take animals off our plates. Going vegan has never been easier or more essential.

How to prevent the next pandemic

Just in the last hundred years, flu pandemics have spread across the world killing up to 100 million people. These were followed by SARS, bird flu, swine flu, MERS, and now COVID-19. Each of these infectious diseases spread rapidly after jumping from animals to humans, and they all exist as a direct result of the exploitation of animals for their meat, milk, eggs and skins.

Proudly supported by

  • Dr. Michael Greger

    Public Health Expert, Author: Bird Flu: A Virus of Our Own Hatching and How To Survive A Pandemic.
  • Alicia Silverstone

    Alicia Silverstone

    Actress, Author, and Founder: TheKindLife.com
  • Dr. Neal Barnard

    Physician, President: Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM)
  • Mýa

    Mýa

    Grammy Award-Winning Singer/Songwriter and Philanthropist
  • Damien Mander

    Damien Mander

    Founder: The International Anti-Poaching Foundation (IAPF), Australian Royal Navy Veteran
  • Prof. Aaron Gross, PhD

    Prof. Aaron Gross

    Associate Professor at the University of San Diego, CEO and Founder: FarmForward.org
  • Evanna Lynch

    Actress, Activist, Podcast Host: The ChickPeeps
  • Prof. Peter Singer

    Professor of Bioethics at Princeton University
  • Luisa Mell

    Luisa Mell

    TV presenter, Activist and Founder: Luisa Mell Institute
  • Dr. Aysha Akhtar

    Neurologist, Author of ‘Our Symphony with Animals’
  • Dr. Peter Li

    Associate Professor of East Asian Politics
  • Dr. T. Colin Campbell

    Nutritional Biochemist, Author: The China Study
  • Dr. Dean Ornish

    Physician, President: Preventive Medicine Research Institute (PMRI)
  • Dr. Garth Davis

    Bariatric Surgeon, Author: Proteinaholic
  • Dr. Angie Sadeghi

    Gastroenterology Specialist, Author: The Trifecta of Health.
  • Dr. Kim Williams

    Chief of the Division of Cardiology - Rush University Medical Center

Doubling Down

Instead of recognising the deadly system we created, learning from past pandemics and changing, we doubled down.

We bred, farmed, captured and slaughtered on an unimaginable scale and now, all across the world, billions of animals are crammed inside filthy factory farm sheds. Sick and weak, they live in squalid conditions that are the perfect breeding grounds for disease. To keep them alive just a few weeks or months, the animals are administered vast amounts of antibiotics. Antibiotic overuse is deadly: Diseases become resistant to the drugs, superbugs emerge, and we are left with nothing that can fight them. If we don’t end this practice, experts warn that simple, treatable infections will kill us.

Credit: Animal Aid

Virus spillover risk

Animal agriculture is the world’s leading driver of deforestation and habitat loss.

In Latin America alone, it is responsible for destroying 2.71 million hectares of tropical forest each year. When we cut down forests, we destroy the habitats of wild animals, cutting lose the deadly pathogens they incubate and allowing them to come into contact with us. Researchers say that almost half of all diseases that jumped from animals to humans since 1940 can be traced to changes in land use, animal farming, and wildlife hunting.

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