Green Bay Press Gazette
by Michael Greger
Avian influenza is sweeping the Midwest with outbreaks in 12 different states.
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker declared a state of emergency in Wisconsin, enlisting the help of the National Guard to contain the disease. Last month, an outbreak struck a Jefferson County egg facility that confines some 200,000 chickens. Since then, 10 other farms have been infected.
Across the country, millions of birds have already died from the virus directly or been slated to be killed to prevent the flu from spreading. Highly pathogenic bird flu outbreaks like these, which were once a rare occurrence, now happen almost every year.
While the poultry and egg industries try to blame ducks and geese flying overhead (strange, since these animals have been doing so for thousands of years) the real culprits are the overcrowded, unsanitary and inhumane conditions in today’s industrial animal agriculture system. Read Full Article »