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Science Nerd Schools Tumblr User on Plague and Veganism

This thread was in response to this news of a couple in Mongolia who ate raw Marmot organs and subsequently died of Plague. The story itself is pretty tragic, but where i gets interesting is this tumblr user shooting down everyone's knee-jerk reactions to the headline without actually reading the thing. In very tumblr fashion, the thread turned into a conversation about the realities of veganism, sort of like this tumblr post that called out vegans for not eating honey.

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    science - Text - If you eat a raw dead rat in 2019 you deserve the bubonic plague we've all thought about eating a pigeon but it doesn't mean you just pick one off the street and bite into it this post is... not great. the people who died were an ethnic Kazakh couple in a small Mongolian town. they didn't eat a dead rat, they ate raw organs from a marmot they had hunted.
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    science - Text - the plague is an endemic disease in Mongolia, spread largely through contact with marmots (argely as a result of their fleas). unfortunately, due to a lack of information, some people in Mongolia subscribe to the folk belief that eating raw marmot will lead to good health. this couple contracted the disease-which is very treatable with antibiotics-but did not receive adequate care in time and, as a result, suffered horifically before dying. they left behind four children
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    science - Text - hey uh i usually try not to be this rude but... fuck you how dare you try to twist a tragedy into an unrelated conversation about veganism/vegetarianism? how dare you shame two people who just died painfully for their diets? 1. this is not a fucking discussion about eating meat this is specifically about eating the raw meat of an animal that can carry the disease
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    science - Text - 3. veganism isn't fucking possible in much of the world. we are privileged with our ability to make such specific dietary choices-people in remote locations in developing countries often do not have the luxury of a choosing such a tailored diet. they eat what's available to them, which is often animal products
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