MACHIPONGO, Va., March 8 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ - United Poultry Concerns is pleased to announce publication of our new 8-page booklet, "Avian Influenza (Bird Flu) - What You Need to Know." The booklet provides facts and expert opinions on the role of poultry production practices in promoting avian influenza viruses. It can be ordered in quantity from United Poultry Concerns and read on the Web at http://www.birdflufowlplay.com. While the avian flu virus H5N1 has appeared mainly in non-western countries, last month's outbreak on a large turkey farm in Britain confirmed predictions that the virus will most likely enter western countries through an infected poultry trade, including the trade in live birds, contaminated feedstuffs and fertilizer. Avian flu viruses have already struck North American poultry flocks. For example, in 2004, the Canadian government destroyed 19 million birds to combat the H7N3 virus that infected bird flocks in British Columbia. In 2002, U.S. companies destroyed 4.7 million turkeys and chickens to combat the H7N2 avian flu virus that infected poultry flocks in North Carolina, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Virginia. In 2004, tests confirmed avian influenza on chicken farms in Pennsylvania and Delaware, including a supplier to the live bird markets in New York City. Many Americans would be shocked to learn how many tax-funded massacres of birds are quietly conducted on U.S. factory farms to control the viruses and bacteria that thrive in those places, supporting the claim in World Poultry (Jan. 16, 2007) that "Disease causing organisms are ubiquitous in poultry producing facilities all around the world." "'Avian Influenza (Bird Flu) - What You Need to Know' is a concise resource for people interested in learning more about bird flu within the larger context of transmittable poultry diseases and disease-causing practices, and what people can do to eat healthier, more humanely produced, bird-friendly food," says Karen Davis, president of United Poultry Concerns. "We don't need to be hostages to bird flu. We can have a better life, and so can the birds." United Poultry Concerns is a nonprofit organization that promotes the compassionate and respectful treatment of domestic fowl. On the Web at http://www.upc-online.org.
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