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Bird Flu Prompts Hong Kong’s Slaughter of Thousands of Chickens

The New York Times is highlighting an outbreak of bird flu in Hong Kong, where “health officials have slaughtered thousands of chickens from mainland China, closed one wholesale market and banned imports of live poultry after tests found some birds were infected with a strain of bird flu.

The author explains, “Avian influenza outbreaks have not been confined to China. In recent weeks, Hong Kong has banned poultry imports from certain regions of Japan, Germany, Italy and Canada after bird flu strains were detected there.

Just last month, following an avian flu outbreak in Europe, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency placed two farms under quarantine after the confirmation of avian flu in British Columbia.

Worried? You should be.

It was just a few years ago that a massive avian flu outbreak led to the death of million of birds in Asia, and the H5N1 strain that was detected at the time was transmissible, and often fatal, to humans.

And it’s no wonder bird flu outbreaks are becoming more widespread. With chickens, turkeys, and other farmed animals cramped into filthy, disease-ridden environments, these factory farms have become breeding grounds for dangerous bacteria.

You can protect your health, and suffering animals, by adopting a healthy and humane plant-based diet.

For more information, including meal ideas, click here.

Photo: REUTERS/Tyrone Siu