In the first month of 2016 thousands of bird flu-infected turkeys located in Indiana were cruelly killed when ventilation to their barns was intentionally shut off. The USDA approved this killing method last September. Please take action to help stop further animal suffering!
The USDA allows shutting off ventilation in poultry houses as an option to kill infected birds.
This means letting birds slowly die of organ failure due to overheating
over a 30-40 minute period, as airflow comes to a standstill. There
is no doubt this causes substantial suffering and distress to these
bird flu epidemic has already caused immense suffering to birds. Such distress
does not need to be made worse by ventilation shutdown. Other more humane
methods exist, as recommended by the international standards set by the World Organization for Animal Health, which the US has agreed to.
Please use this form to urge Dr. John Clifford, USDA Deputy
Administrator of Veterinary Services, to prohibit the use of ventilation shutdown as a killing method for avian influenza victims.