According to Sputnik, in a letter to British Defense Minister Ben Wallace, campaigners from the animal rights group PETA expressed concerns about thousands of foreign soldiers participating in the “Tiger bring “Gold” annually in Thailand. These drills are also nicknamed “survival training” when participating soldiers have to kill and eat certain insects and animals.
During last year’s drills, for example, US soldiers had to skin and eat lizards and scorpions, as well as hand-pass a beheaded snake and drink its blood. This image created a fierce protest from the public.
PETA points out that the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has estimated that up to 75% of recently occurring human infectious diseases originate and spread from animals.
Since the 1970s, nearly 40 infectious diseases have occurred during human exposure to wildlife – including diseases such as SARS Acute Respiratory Syndrome, MERS Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, Eblola, influenza pests, Zika virus … The latest pandemic COVID-19, caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus, is also believed by many scientists to originate from bats and be transmitted to humans through animals. space.
In addition to the health risk, the animal rights group condemns the barbaric killing of animals such as in military training, claiming that these practices are pushing wild animals. have come to the brink of extinction. The snake beheaded in last year’s king cobra, is listed by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) on the list of vulnerable animals, meaning they must face off. with “high risk of extinction in the wild”.
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