Bird Flu Is Back
Local radio station CKNW is reporting that a turkey barn in Abbotsford, BC is in quarantine. They are reporting that the birds testing positive for bird flu antibodies. The flock numbers approximately 50 000. As a result of the positive test other poultry operations within a three kilometer radius are also under a quarantine order.
2004 saw an outbreak of bird flu in the Fraser Valley and millions of birds were slaughtered to contain the spread of this disease. Generally people do not get sick from this strain of influenza but it is deadly to poultry. At that time, many people with small, healthy flocks lost their birds to the sweep. Exotic and rare birds were also slaughtered in the attempt to contain this disease.
If bird flu is confirmed in this case, millions of dollars in livestock will be lost to the producers.
Now ask yourself this question. What sort of conditions are turkeys living in? When you put 50 000 birds in one building what measures must be taken to prevent massive loss of life? How much antibiotics do these birds need on an ongoing basis? When the manure is left on the floor until the birds are moved out for slaughter how much manure do the poults eat? Now ask yourself if that's the kind of meat you want to eat.
Factory farms are a blight on the countryside. They produce massive amounts of manure and stink. They are not sustainable. They are very profitable.