LETTER TO THE EDITOR — Bird Flu threatens nation’s dairy supply

Published 12:04 am Tuesday, April 30, 2024

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Dear Editor,

The deadly flu virus is not just “for the birds” anymore!

The USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has just decreed that dairy cows must be tested for the deadly bird flu, which has already killed millions of chickens in the US.

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The unprecedented transmission of the H5N1 virus to cows has drawn public health concerns because cows are mammals, just like humans.

Although the precise cause of the outbreak remains uncertain, the horrendous conditions in today’s factory farms make egg and dairy production extremely vulnerable to disease outbreaks.

Sick, crowded, highly stressed animals in contact with contaminated feces and urine provide ideal incubation media for viruses.

Indeed, 61% of the 1,415 pathogens known to infect humans originate with animals.

These include Asian flu, dengue fever, Ebola, bird flu, HIV, West Nile fever, yellow fever, and the more recent COVID-19 pandemic.

Each of us can help end animal farming and build up our own health by replacing animal products with delicious, healthy, cruelty-free, eco-friendly plant-based meats, cheeses, and ice creams offered by our favorite supermarket.

These foods don’t carry flu viruses, or government warning labels. They may have been the preferred fare in the Garden of Eden.

— Sincerely, Pat Archmoor, Port Arthur