Stop Poultry Farm Bird Flu Outbreaks

Chickens Lester Lefkowitz

Target: Tom Vilsack, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary

Goal: Improve the conditions of poultry farms for the health of the birds and people.

One of the largest poultry producing counties in Indiana has been battling a bird flu outbreak. The farm where the virus was first found was isolated and all the birds were slaughtered. However, this did not prevent the virus from spreading. The new strain, H7N8, has been found at ten poultry farms, according to the USDA. Now, 400,000+ birds have been slaughtered due to this virus.

The spread of this virus is obviously harmful to birds, but could also lead to sickness in humans. It is time that poultry farms conditions improve. The health of the birds and the people is much more important than profit.

Poultry farms are typically overcrowded and birds are forced to live, sleep and eat in their own feces. In addition, it is common for the birds to never breath fresh air or be outside. The spread of disease is inevitable in these conditions. Sign this petition and demand the USDA make stricter laws to enforce better conditions at poultry farms.


Dear Mr. Vilsack,

For the past few years, flu outbreaks have become quite common at poultry farms. Recently, 400,000+ birds were slaughtered to try to prevent an outbreak of the new strain H7N8.

The spread of this virus is obviously harmful to the birds, however this could also cause sickness in humans. The health of the birds and our people is much more important than profit and it’s time we start treating it that way.

The spread of disease could easily be prevented if farms were not so overcrowded, if the birds were allowed to go outside and access fresh air, and if the farms were kept clean. When animals are forced to live among their own feces in an overcrowded den with no access to fresh air, the outbreak and spread of disease is inevitable.

Please consider making stricter laws to enforce better conditions at poultry farms. It is sad and unacceptable to be putting that many birds and humans at risk.


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