I spy… A spotlight on Bluetongue virus?

In Microbiology Today 43:4 November 2016


This diarrhoea-causing virus occurs between ruminant animal hosts like sheep and cows via biting midges: biting_midge02  Without these midges, BTV can’t spread from animal to animal. Apparently, there is a new strand that may be transmitted via direct contact. (And clearly, in factory farming, there’s lots of that).

Clinical signs in sheep include: high fever, hard breathing, swelling of the face and a blue tongue. The sick sheep dies within a week. What is interesting to note is this:

 Associated with the disease are severe increases to production costs, as the recovery of affected animals is slow, while high fever in sheep results in poor quality wool.

In this month’s issue, there is a whole series of articles on infectious diseases, most of which are related to animal agriculture. The cheapest and simplest solution is to abandon or at least greatly reduce animal-product consumption which will eliminate diseases, improve health, and most importantly, reduce animal suffering. But there’s no money in that, is there?

Many think that veganism spans food choices alone, but in fact it is a lifestyle: it involves critical thinking and questioning of any consumer production methods, its impact on the environment and whether it involves oppression, whether human or animal. And as you can see, wool production is like any other meat factory farming.

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2 thoughts on “I spy… A spotlight on Bluetongue virus?

  1. Thanks for the insightful article. Increasing costs of production are the sole concerns to factory farm owners.
    Would that the operations close down entirely: the platinum lining here. Meat and wool availability, cost and quality are the only concerns of both the producers and the consumers.

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