Thiruvananthapuram: People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India has urged the Kerala government to close down pig farms in the state to prevent further spread of the infection and a potential epidemic. This comes after the death of a 12-year-old child in Kerala from Nipah virus, which has prompted PETA India to urge Kerala's minister for animal husbandry and dairy development, J. Chinchrani, to close down pig farms in the state to prevent further spread of the infection and a potential epidemic.
PETA India's request to Kerala on Sept 21, comes within two months of the group installing a warning billboard in Delhi about the meat industry's link to the spread of bird flu. In Delhi, an 11-year-old boy had succumbed to complications from H5N1 bird flu, an infection with a 60 per cent mortality rate, in July. "The crowded animal farms of the meat industry create hotspots for zoonotic diseases. These killer facilities need to be shut down immediately and permanently before they cost more lives," said PETA India Vegan Foods and Nutrition Specialist Dr Kiran Ahuja.
The World Organization for Animal Health warns, Nipah virus is highly contagious in pigs and has devastating zoonotic potential, meaning that it can infect humans from other animals, PETA India noted.