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Chris Packham says he hopes the pandemic will encourage extra individuals to strive a vegan weight-reduction plan this January and argues the Authorities ought to encourage residents to chop down on meat-eating.
“We are able to’t site visitors stay animals, combine them in markets the place we’re mixing their pathogens after which eat them,” the naturalist, proper, tells us.
“If we hadn’t been abusing wildlife, we wouldn’t be on this place,” he claims. It was believed Covid originated at a wildlife market in China, although that’s now disputed.
Packham tells us: “Elected resolution makers ought to be advising voters to respect the atmosphere extra. Consuming much less meat ought to be as necessary as chopping down carbon footprint.”
Packham, who has been vegan since 2019, says it’s “weird” that consuming meat is usually conflated with masculinity. “It’s bullshit,” he says.