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JENNIFER BATES, PETA FOUNDATION
The alarming news that more than 340,000 turkeys have died or have been killed during the recent outbreak of H5N2 bird flu that is sweeping through Minnesota turkey farms will hopefully prompt people to reconsider their food choices.
Turkeys raised on factory farms are especially susceptible to bird flu, as the cramped, filthy conditions are perfect disease reservoirs. Tens of thousands of birds are packed into sheds with no more than 3.5 square feet of space per bird. As bird feces piles up, bacteria fester and spread.
Studies show that bird flu is prone to mutation into strains that are contagious to humans. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, H5N2’s appearance in North America might increase the likelihood of human infection in this country, and scientists recommend monitoring humans exposed to infected turkeys.
We can all help prevent bird flu and other foodborne illness — and save billions of animals from pain and suffering — by eating vegan foods. Visit PETA.org for more information.
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April 13, 2015
MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Turkey hunting season starts Wednesday in Minnesota, but the risks may be a little higher than usual this year.
So far, 13 turkey farms across the state have reported outbreaks of bird flu in their flocks, and nearly 1 million turkeys were killed in order to prevent the virus from spreading.
While DNR officials acknowledge that the virus hasn’t yet been discovered in wild turkeys, they’re still presuming that wild flocks are susceptible to the illness. The Minnesota Department of Health says there is little risk to the public, but the DNR hopes hunters can help find wild birds that may be infected.
Officials are advising hunters not to touch or handle any wild turkeys or other birds with ruffled feathers, swollen wattles, discolored feet or problems walking, and to contact DNR staff immediately.
More safety tips are available on the DNR website.