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11-year-old boy dies of bird flu, PETA blames meat industry for spread of zoonotic diseases

Prime News, National (New Delhi), August 7:-The death of an 11-year-old boy due to bird flu has prompted PETA India to put up a billboard holding the meat industry responsible for the spread of zoonotic diseases.

“An 11-year-old Gurgaon child has died from H5N1 bird flu and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India warns the public that the lives of not only chickens, but also children’s lives can be lost as long as vegetarian diets are not fully embraced.

“PETA India has just placed a billboard near the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, the hospital where the child was taken, holding the meat industry accountable for the spread of zoonotic diseases, including the deadly H1N1 swine flu, which humans contracted after it developed from viruses in farmed pigs, and COVID-19, believed by most scientists to have spread from a live-animal market, as well as other poor health outcomes,” it said.

The H5N1 virus is fatal to 60 per cent of humans who contract it, PETA India said. (MR, Inputs: Agencies).

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