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Regarding H5N1 Bird flu outbreak in UK Feb 2007

VeggieBite ...
The amount of land needed to produce a one-year food supply for a person on a meat-eating diet is 3.25 acres. The amount of land needed to produce a one-year food supply for a pure vegetarian is just 1/6 (0.16) acre.
From: "Diet for A New America" by John Robbins

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BIRD FLU, PIGEONS AND BATTERY FARMING - FINDING A PATH OF TRUTH THROUGH THE MINEFIELD OF MISSTATEMENTS.

Feb 2007
The BBC News health correspondent has said that pigeons carry bird flu. We consider such an under-informing statement as irresponsible scaremongering, particularly when considering the public's general prejudice towards pigeons.

To avoid the public from panicking about every bird they encounter it is important that correct information is spread by the media. So far, much of what has been reported, as well as actions taken regarding the outbreak in Suffolk, has at best been mystifying and at worst, the blind leading the blind.

All evidence from scientific research shows that pigeons are far less sensitive to avian influenza than other bird species. Furthermore, recent research shows that feral pigeons pose only sporadic health risks to human beings. The risk of disease from pigeons is very low, even for humans involved in occupations that bring them into close contact with nesting sites.

Moreover, wild pigeons are resident birds and are therefore unable to spread disease from one place to another. Humans however move from one city to another throughout the whole country and are more likely to carry contagious material and spread diseases. DEFRA's so called "bio-security" methods are ludicrously insufficient. There is far greater chance of H5N1 being released into the environment by trucks moving across the UK which are carrying thousands of dead infected birds than pigeons spreading the virus.

Racing pigeons do however fly from one part of the country to another. Stopping these races (which is now the case in the UK) makes some sense; but even in other European countries, racing has not been cancelled due to the low risk of flu transmission by pigeons. Ironically, other birds and poultry must be kept inside after the outbreak of bird flu in Suffolk. In reality, the greatest risk of viral contamination is a thousand-fold greater in ALL parts of the UK inside the types of high-density poultry buildings like those used on Bernard Mathews farms; crammed with tens of thousands of birds.
To stop H5N1 causing infection though such close bird-to-bird contact, wise consideration must be made as soon as possible regarding the continuing presence of battery farms. Battery poultry farms are H5N1 time-bombs and are increasing the risk of human variants becoming a reality.
At the same time, meat eating consumers must also simply stop creating this demand for poultry in such huge quantities. They are fuelling the spread of a global tragedy.

(Information above provided by Marleen Drijgers, a leading North European authority in humane pigeon control)
More on humane pigeon control at:
http://www.duivenoverlast.nl

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See Also:
Part 2: More about viruses and diseases caused through mismanagement of animals
Part 3: What you should and should not do in a bird flu crisis

 

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