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Nearly 2 Million Chickens Killed After Avian Flu Discovered At Plant

Parmer County, Texas – Cal-Maine Foods, the largest producer of eggs in the United States, has culled nearly 2 million chickens after highly pathogenic avian influenza (“HPAI”) was discovered in the flock.

In a press release, the company said that approximately 1.6 million laying hens and 337,000 pullets (young hens) had to be killed after HPAI was found at the Parmer, Texas, facility. The company said:

Production at the facility has temporarily ceased as the Company follows the protocols prescribed by the USDA. Cal-Maine Foods is working to secure production from other facilities to minimize disruption to its customers.

People who might be concerned about contracting HPAI can rest easy. The company states:

According to the USDA, HPAI cannot be transmitted through safely handled and properly cooked eggs. There is no known risk related to HPAI associated with eggs that are currently in the market and no eggs have been recalled.

One may wonder why the chickens were killed if the illness cannot be transmitted to humans who consume the eggs. Culling chickens during an avian flu outbreak is primarily done to prevent the spread of the virus and to control the outbreak. Avian flu viruses can spread rapidly among birds, especially in densely populated poultry farms. By culling infected birds and those in close proximity to them, authorities aim to contain the spread of the virus and prevent further transmission within the poultry population.


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  1. 1.6 million laying hens and 337,000 pullets weren’t just killed, they were tortured to death!!! They turn off the ventilation system and slowly cook them alive which can take up to 24 hours to die! Imagine being trapped in a metal box with thousands of others where temperatures can reach over 150 degrees. You cannot escape, you have no water and no one comes to your aid as you scream. You slowly start to choak to death because you cannot breath, your blood begins to boil and pours out your nose, eyes, mouth and anus. Some will be buried still alive as the bulldozer covers you with dirt.
    They could gas them, where they just fall asleep and die but ya know the gas costs money but turning off the ventilation system actually saves money. And after all that the government gives them taxpayer money to compensate their loses.

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  2. For those distressed about 2 million hens being tortured to death, please be aware that 2 million male chicks are ground up alive every 3 days or so because they have no value in the egg industry. If you care about animals, please stop consuming them. Choose compassion, not cruelty.

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