Bird Flu Booklet - 'What You Need to Know' - is Available from United Poultry Concerns in PDF and Printed Formats

Mar 08, 2007, 00:00 ET from United Poultry Concerns

    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
     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

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