Healthy Chickens Are Being Killed With Foam to Avoid Bird Flu

Posted by on June 9, 2015 in Animals and Pets, Conscious Living with 0 Comments

Ethan A. Huff | Natural News


The widely reported bird flu outbreak that authorities say has already resulted in the slaughter of some 45-plus million chickens and turkeys is completely decimating the poultry industry throughout the U.S. In addition to losing infected birds, many local farms are reportedly having to destroy otherwise healthy broods to avoid further spread of the disease, a gruesome process that typically involves spraying the birds with “suffocating foam” and “composting” their bodies.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) estimates that more than 200 outbreaks have occurred among chickens, turkeys and various other birds, though no humans have been diagnosed with either of the two circulating strains — H5N2 and H5N8. Outbreaks have been detected in at least 20 states, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and more states are expected to see cases in the coming weeks and months.

Egg shortages are also being reported, as some 25% of the country’s commercial egg production is now offline, with more producers expected to follow suit. Fast food chain Whataburger has had to drastically reduce its breakfast hours to accommodate the shortage, cutting its formerly 12-hour breakfast window to just four hours on weekdays, and six hours on weekends. Taco Bell, Dunkin’ Donuts and other fast food chains haven’t yet changed their menu offerings but are continuing to monitor the situation.

What does all this mean for the average consumer? If you’re used to buying conventional white eggs at the store for about $2 a dozen, expect to pay more due to the shortage. If you pay more for local eggs from your neighborhood farmer, you might not see any, increases as small-scale, pastured poultry most likely won’t be affected by bird flu, which tends to primarily affect commercial chicken factory farms.

Veterinary association says blasting chickens with foam and suffocating them is most humane killing method

The problem with industrial-scale food production of any kind is that, if contamination somehow enters the production cycle, in this case bird flu, entire production systems have to be purged to take care of the problem. With a disease as contagious as bird flu, large-scale chicken and egg producers literally have no choice but to manually slaughter entire broods in order to stop the disease in its tracks.

But how, exactly, do they do this? Most consumers of factory-produced food probably don’t realize what it takes to maintain such systems. Besides the filthy, overcrowded living conditions present in most industrial-scale henhouses, the sheer volume of birds living in them means that drastic and often inhumane measures have to be taken when there’s an outbreak.


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