Monday, 5 February 2007

Bird flu and factory farming

Its bad treatment of birds that makes them more likely to get sick and spread infection, this seems to be how the disease started in the Far East and how its spreading. In the last outbreak the authorities blamed wild birds, and said organic and free range farms are in danger as if the disease spreads they are outside and vulnerable. There was talk of keeping the organic chickens indoors to protect them but they may loose their certification.

Chickens in organic and free range farms get to live healthy lives, they can move around and behave as they would in the wild. In factory farms the chickens get to live in a cage the size of an A4 piece of paper, with their head pecked by the chicken above and their faeces dropping down to the chicken below.

Some shops refuse to stock chickens or eggs from factory farms, we should ban these factory chicken farms and stop importing chicken meat from factory farms.

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