Again, veterinary medicine admitted that it had no treatment for the disease. So what is this disease, and how serious is it? This is what Britannica says:
(is) a highly contagious viral disease affecting practically all cloven-footed domesticated mammals, including cattle, sheep, goats, and pigs.... FMD is characterized by the formation of painful fluid-filled vesicles (blisters) on the tongue, lips, and other tissues of the mouth and on parts of the body where the skin is thin, as on the udder and teats, between the two toes of the feet, and around the coronary band above the hoof..... Because of its rapid spread and impact on animal productivity, FMD is considered to be the most economically devastating livestock disease in the world. The disease is not a human health hazard."
Avian Flu. Avian influenza is a strain of flu virus that mainly affects birds. It can cause serious illness and death in domesticated birds such as ducks, chickens, or turkeys. In the late 1990s, a new strain of bird flu was identified which was described as 'highly pathogenic', and led to the culling of hundreds of millions of birds, including poultry.
Yet again veterinary medicine had no treatment, and as there was an identified risk of bird-to-human, and human-to-human transmission, there was another panic. The only means of control available to veterinary medicine was to kill entire flocks of birds where there was the merest sign of infection.
Regular epidemics of avian flu have happened since then. In 2011, a mutated strain, H5N1, appeared. Vaccines that had been developed proved to be ineffective, so there was more slaughter. In 2013, the H7N9 strain appeared in China, with similar outcomes. In 2015 the USA Department of Agriculture detected bird flu (H5N2) in several flocks of turkeys in Arkansas and Missouri leading to several countries banning US poultry products. Then in 2016 there was an outbreak in turkeys in Indiana involving 9 to 10 farms, with thousands of turkeys culled.
And so it goes on. Veterinary medicine has no treatment, so animals are killed. For contracting the flu!
Swine Flu. Swine influenza starts in pigs, and is transmitted to humans. Again, there is a lack of effective veterinary treatment for animals, or safe and effective treatment for humans. Panic is, as usual, the normal response, with pigs being routinely culled in large numbers.
In response to the 2009 swine flu pandemic, which affected the human population, many governments around the world responded by the official culling of vast numbers of domesticated pigs, even though there was little evidence that pigs were responsible for transmitting the infection.
In 2019 millions of pigs were slaughtered across most of Asia.
In 2020 there was a mass culling of pigs in the Indian province of Assam.
Domestic Pets. Yet most people have a more direct experience of veterinary medicine's tendency to kill its patients. We take our cats and dogs to the vet, we are told they are ill, that there is no treatment, and that to prevent the animal from suffering, it is best to 'put them down'.
Most people accept this explanation, without too much thought or consideration. Indeed, I accept it; as long as the routine statement, "there is no treatment", is seriously questioned. All vets can legitimately say is that "there is no conventional treatment". Many pets are euthanised when other medical therapies might be able to treat the disease.
So why does veterinary medicine resort to killing animals? Of course, veterinary medicine seeks to justify its policy of culling animals as an appropriate response to disease. This defence focuses mainly on stopping the transmission of the disease - not least because of the supposed benefits to us humans. This is what one BMJ paper states.
"Euthanasia, for example, tends not to be looked on favourably in humans, whereas in veterinary medicine it might be the best approach. Similarly, culling infected individuals ... is not an option for controlling an outbreak of infectious disease in human but may well be so in animals. Doctors usually have the advantage over vets in that they can talk to their patients; for vets, life would be so much easier if their patients could talk." My emphasis.
However, the main reason for veterinary culling is that they have little or no effective treatment for infections diseases. Euthanasia does not usually concern the seriousness of the condition of animals themselves, or even a threat of transmission to humans.
In other words, the killing of pets and domesticated animals is largely the result of medical incompetence. And in Britain we have given veterinary medicine a monopoly in the treatment of animals.
What sort of medicine is this?
A medicine that kills its patients - and calls it 'treatment'?