Bird Flu: What do you think?

06/02/2007 Update: The EAARC (East Anglian Animal Rights Coalition) has informed me that the information below is incorrect. The 160,000 turkeys are actually contained on one farm, and not in one factory as stated.

For anyone that doesn’t know already, a quick recap: Britain has been hit again with “Bird Flu” (HN51 Avian Influenza), this time at the mass producing turkey farm owned by “Bernard Matthews”.

I first saw the story on BBC TV on a break while I was at work, but didn’t really think about it too much until today, when I read about it in this article and also in this one

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I’m passionate about things like mass-farming, and in particular animals that never see the light of day.

The worst examples are chickens and turkeys that are crammed into small spaces where they can barely stand, and injected with all kinds of chemicals to make them grow bigger and therefore raise more money. In a situation such as this one, a disease could surely spread from one bird to another very fast indeed.

I’m interested to know what everyone else thinks to this. Is this outbreak partially the fault of Bernard Matthews? Or is it simply a natural occurrence whereby no blame whatsoever lies with them?