Stop USDA baking live turkeys to death

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!

turkey head 500x332.jpgThe 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 sentient animals.

The 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. 

Use this contact form:

Dear Dr. John Clifford, 

I was disturbed to hear the USDA has allowed the use of ventilation shutdown as a method for killing turkeys infected with bird flu. Ventilation shut down is not an acceptable killing method, and does not meet the international OIE standards the US has agreed to on killing for disease control purposes.

This method results in a cruel death by organ failure from overheating. Death is slow and protracted, with birds experiencing suffering and distress over an extended period of time.

I respectfully ask the USDA to prohibit the use of ventilation shutdown as a killing method for any avian influenza outbreaks.

Thank you.