Bird flu is wreaking havoc again almost everywhere, including the United States where 48 million chickens and turkeys were slaughtered from 2014 to 2015.
Poultry companies employ different ways to keep bird flu from spreading.
One method is through suffocating the chickens to propylene glycol foam. Michael Blackwell, chief veterinary officer at The Humane Society of the United States, said that the method is like “cuffing a person’s mouth and nose, during which time you are very much aware that your breathing has been precluded.”
Another method is called ventilation shutdown in which the temperature is raised to at least 104F for a minimum of three hours to kill the entire flock. Even the farmers admit it is cruel.
Round the clock incinerators and crews in hazmat suits were required to depopulate the birds during the 2015 outbreak.
But the truth is poultry companies are contributing to the outbreaks. They just don’t see it that way.
Poultry farms house 300,000 or more egg layers in one barn. That’s the primary reason why bird flu spreads so quickly among egg-laying hens.
Poultry producers are going to deny it, but the real reason for the mass culling of birds is the high population of the flocks in their facilities. They blame the migratory birds for the spread of the disease, which is understandable and true. But they only have themselves to blame for the culling of birds numbering in millions.