It may seem uncivil to say this in light of the upcoming U.S. holiday
Thanksgiving, but I wonder why the governments of the world have not
announced a total ban on raising poultry. The dense concentrations of
birds provide incubators for new strains of avian flu, one of which
will eventually break out and cause perhaps the worst disaster in the
history of mankind.
It would be unfeasible to ban all domestic foul, such as the handful
of chickens in the yard of a middle-class household, but governments
could certainly shut down the enormous prison-like facilities where
thousands of birds are kept in cruel and unhealthy conditions; the
conditions most conducive to outbreaks of disease. Consumers can
substitute vegetable sources of food for poultry and eggs–not an easy
way to bake a cake, but certainly enough for a healthy diet.
And if no one can stomach the fight necessary to deny a living to the
Purdues of the world, there are intermediate steps that could be
taken, such as cutting down on the number of poultry and ensuring they
have more space and air.
Recent strains of avian flu have killed half the people they infect.
How many hundreds of millions of deaths is it worth to have your