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Friday, February 29, 2008

Cock-a-doodle-FLU

Anyone else think it is unwise to allow people to raise chickens in thier backyard in the city? I am all for green initiatives and sustainability, but I don't think farm animals belong in the city, they belong in, well, farms. I don't know how much of a

Posted on Fri, Feb 29, 2008 at 1:32 PM

Anyone else think it is unwise to allow people to raise chickens in thier backyard in the city? I am all for green initiatives and sustainability, but I don't think farm animals belong in the city, they belong in, well, farms.

I don't know how much of an issue the rats actually are, but let us all remember that the current issue with newly emerging and often deadly influenza strains is a result of people living with their animals. Birds and humans and pigs in China, all sharing the same space and swapping germs leads to the emergence of these new viral strains. Add to that the rapid transmission from host to host that can occur in a densely populated urban setting and you have a recipe for disaster.

If you want fresh, ethically sourced eggs, go to the farmer's market. If you want to live like a farmer, go buy a farm. Cities are not barnyards.

Say NO to Diseased Cocks

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