Sweden to kill more than a million chickens after bird flu outbreak

Chickens in battery cages in an industrial egg-laying barn, Sweden, photo: Jo-Anne McArthur / Djurrattsalliansen
Chickens in battery cages in an industrial egg-laying barn, Sweden, photo: Jo-Anne McArthur / Djurrattsalliansen

Sweden will mass murder around 1.3 million chickens after bird flu was found on a farm in the southwest of the country, the Board of Agriculture said on Monday.

The H5N5 variant of bird flu was discovered at Sweden’s biggest egg producer near the town of Monsteras.

“The disease has spread within the facility, which means that a large portion of all the animals, around 1.3 million, will be culled and destroyed,” the Board of Agriculture said in a statement.

Female chickens used in the egg industry are stuck together in very tiny cages and forced to lay eggs at a rapid rate. They almost never see sunlight or feel grass. Chickens don’t choose this life but are forced into it.

With the bird flu emerging in different European countries, governments are mass killing chickens as a solution instead of maybe reconsidering the whole farm industry.

Research has shown that chickens feel empathy, can dream, are individuals (like humans), are smart and are nosy.

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