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"I've noticed that quite a lot of people who are prominent in the animal liberation movement are Jews. Maybe we are simply not prepared to see the powerful hurting the weak." --Peter Singer (Author, Animal Liberation)

3.19.2006

Bird Flu Hits Israel

The lethal H5N1 strain of bird flu has hit Israel. The disease, which has been wreaking havoc across Europe, Asia, and Africa, has killed about 100 people since 2003 and could become a global pandemic.

According to this article, "Israel has been culling thousands of birds to contain the virus, after officials said last week that more than 10,000 turkeys died from bird flu on two farms in the south."

When we confine animals in tight quarters, is it any surprise that disease will spread? When we subject animals to unnatural conditions, such as by feeding meat from cows to other cows, is it any surprise that we wind up with mad cow disease and the like? This might be just the beginning of the bird flu crisis, and intensive confinement factory farms are largely to blame for the spread of disease like this.

Read more about bird flu.

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