The United Nations Environment Programme has urged people to reduce their meat consumption amidst coronavirus pandemic, saying it would save the environment.
Speaking during the announcement of a new Chatham House report, the UNEP explained that the wellbeing of animals has a direct impact on the lives of humans.
Backing the claim, Philip Lymbery, of Compassion in World Farming argued that if humans continue to kill animals for consumption, the population’s food supply chain would be at risk.
He said, “At a time when so much of the world continues to battle the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s never been more obvious that the well-being of people and animals, wild and farmed, are intertwined.”
UNEP advised humans to embrace plant based foods in order to reduce the risk and boost agriculture.
Popular primatologist Jane Goodall said, “The intensive farming of billions of animals globally seriously damages the environment, causing loss of biodiversity and producing massive greenhouse gas emissions that accelerate global warming.”
This is just as the World Health Organization team of experts visited a Chinese laboratory in Wuhan, widely speculated to be the source of the virus.
The team inspected the Wuhan Institute of Virology, in the central Chinese city where the virus was first detected.
Speaking on the visit, one of the experts, Peter Daszak said the team was “looking forward to a very productive day and to asking all the questions that we know need to be asked.”
However, top WHO officials have given indications that they may not be able to unravel the mystery on how the virus moved from animals to human on this short trip.