Stop Smothering Chickens, Ducks, and Turkeys with Lethal Foam

Target: Sonny Perdue, United States Secretary of Agriculture

Goal: Ban the use of a deadly foam used to euthanize poultry flocks.

Avian influenza is a serious problem in poultry farms that can spread quickly and kill hundreds, if not thousands, of birds. However, in an effort to contain the illness, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has approved a method of euthanasia using a deadly foam to smother entire flocks of birds, including those that may not be infected. This slow and painful death by suffocation is inhumane and we must demand that it be brought to an end.

The practice, also known as “mass emergency depopulation,” involves pumping gallons of a heavy foam (commonly used by firefighters to extinguish gas fires) into areas where chickens, turkeys, or ducks are being housed. This deluge of foam is intended to smother the birds completely, allowing them to suffocate as oxygen is removed. Death may not occur for several minutes, during which time the panicked birds struggle in a vain attempt to escape.

While fast-spreading diseases like avian influenza must be properly contained, there is no reason these birds need to suffer such a terrible and cruel fate. Sign this petition and demand that sick or exposed birds be quarantined humanely and that this sick method of execution be banned entirely.


Dear Secretary Perdue,

Egg and poultry farmers nationwide have been burying entire flocks of birds alive under fire retardant foam as a means of “mass emergency depopulation” to counter the spread of avian influenza. This method of execution has been approved by the USDA, even though it subjects these birds to a slow and inhumane death by suffocation.

While farmers must be allowed to control the spread of disease, it must also be handled in a way that does not cause animals to experience pain and distress. There are other forms of quarantine, or even euthanasia, that are far less cruel. That is why we, the undersigned, demand that you ban the use of foam as a means of depopulation.


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  1. Agree to all comments chuck these people and animal abusers it . What’s wrong with the cruel heartless world.


  3. Rosslyn Osborne says:

    There would be little to no disease spread if chickens were allowed to run free as they were created to do.
    There would be less disease if stress, lack of sunshine and a good balanced diet were allowed.
    There would be less chickens if humanity didn’t consume them and stopped purchasing eggs from these places.(via supermarkets) Go purchase local eggs or keep a couple of hens in your yard.
    I have witnessed the foaming, gassing and scooping them up into a front-end loader and burying them alive…
    All are classified as Humane, people! You want it stopped and think it is heinous… then never ever eat these poor animals ever again. It is just too darn cruel!

  4. May those that allow this procedure to occur bear witness to the slow suffering of not being able to breathe. So mote it be.

  5. marisa hutchinson says:

    Our f****ing USDA at work yet again. ?

  6. the only and largest pest or the most deadly bacteria
    to destroy this wonderful world and the whole universe,
    alone is the human point

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