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Zoonotic Diseases Could Cause Future Pandemics

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COVID-19 has been one of the deadliest pandemics our species has ever encountered, millions have died, businesses have been forced to shut down and the virus continues to be more unpredictable than ever.

What many people aren't aware of is where the virus originated. Stories have been faked and altered to keep the true source of the virus secret. The reason for this is because it's widely known the coronavirus was transferred to humans from non-human animals. 

Usually, when a virus spreads from an animal to a human, there is direct contact with the infected animal or consumption of that particular animal, that transfers the virus to humans.

Animal agriculture contributed a total of $371 billion to the US economy in 2015 (2015, animal.ag). The numbers are similar in other countries too. In the UK, animal agriculture contributed around £24 million pounds in revenue and around £8.5 billion of Gross Value Added to the UK economy in the same year (2017, "Contributions of Animal A…

The Importance of the Pride Flag

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Hello everyone!
Welcome back.
I mentioned in my last post that my girlfriend would be writing about the importance of the Pride flag, and I am very pleased to say, here it is!
At the beginning of the lockdown, when you could only go on one walk a day, I began to notice something. Pictures of the rainbow plastered everywhere. I was informed that they were drawings and paintings done by school pupils to support the NHS. It was cute, I thought and moved on.
But over the coming weeks, I began to notice something else. Pride flags hung up in windows and six coloured rainbows. Different from the children's drawings I’d seen as these rainbows were very obviously and intentionally the same layout as the pride flag. Both being used to support the NHS. It felt weird but I couldn’t quite figure out why.
It wasn’t until I saw a video pointing it out that it sunk in. People were no longer using the seven coloured rainbows, they were using a flag that represents the LGBTQ+ community. A community I’…

Why Pride Will Always Be Important

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Hey everybody!

I know this post isn't related to veganism but it is related to activism. As an LGBTQ+ person, I wanted to celebrate Pride month by highlighting how important it is. Especially since there is a huge debate about whether the Pride flag should be used to symbolise the amazing work of NHS workers. 

My girlfriend will be writing an article specifically about the debate so do keep an eye out for that!

But, back to the importance of Pride.  


 For anyone not familiar with Pride, it's essentially the promotion of the self-affirmation, dignity, equality, and increased visibility of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people as a social group.

It is also used as self-affirmation for people who identify as queer, non-binary, asexual, pansexual, and other sexual identities.


Pride allows us to promote these identities and celebrate the wonderfully vibrant collection of authentic individuals who are simply fighting to be recognised and accepted for who they are. 

Person…

Black Lives Matter: "When Are You Going to Stop Pressing That Knee" Poem

In response to the riots happening across the US, I've written a poem to raise awareness of racism and why it needs to end. Please find links to Black Lives Matter at the bottom of the poem.

When Are You Going to Stop Pressing That Knee
By Indiana Rivers
That one $20 bill Bought his death
Brought that knee  Down on his neck
He begs you to stop But you keep that pressure
He can’t breathe “Please, please, please, man”
Why do you ignore his pleas?  Your racist bullshit
When is it going to end This white privileges fuckery
Where does that come from? Let’s take a biology lesson