USDA Confirms Avian Flu at Indiana Farm

Last year, a fast-moving strain of avian flu killed millions of birds at poultry farms nationwide, leaving restaurant chains and major food companies looking for egg alternatives.

Now avian flu is making headlines again. According to a new article from Bloomberg Business, “The U.S. government confirmed the presence of highly pathogenic H7N8 avian influenza in a commercial turkey flock in Indiana, the country’s first case since the end of last year’s outbreak that led to the destruction of 50 million animals.

Let’s also not forget that it was just a couple of years ago that a massive outbreak of avian flu in Asia resulted in the death of millions of birds. The H5N1 strain detected at the time was not only transmissible to humans, but also often fatal to them.

Due to filthy conditions and overcrowding, factory farms across the United States are breeding grounds for disease and bacteria. It should come as no surprise that the birds raised and killed for food become sick.

And it’s not just a food safety or public health issue. Chickens abused for eggs are subjected to extreme confinement, painful mutilations without painkillers, and a brutal slaughter. The meat industry also denies these chickens everything that comes naturally to them.

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But it doesn’t have to be this way. Compassionate people can protect animals and their health by ditching meat and other animal products like dairy and eggs.

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