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Mexico Kills 8 Million Chickens To Contain H7N3 Virus

Soulskill posted more than 2 years ago | from the suddenly-glad-we're-the-dominant-species-on-this-planet dept.

Medicine 105

An anonymous reader writes "Mexico has so far slaughtered eight million chickens and vaccinated 66 million more in an effort to contain a bird flu outbreak in the west of the country, officials said Tuesday. The country's agriculture ministry had identified the diseased chickens during the vaccination process in the Los Altos region of Jalisco state, which led to the destruction of the H7N3-carrying birds."

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In unrelated news... (5, Funny)

Niris (1443675) | more than 2 years ago | (#40922257)

KFC imports 8 million chickens for their new "Clucker Bowl"

Re:In unrelated news... (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40922339)

M-m-m-multi-kill!

Re:In unrelated news... (1)

cayenne8 (626475) | more than 2 years ago | (#40922893)

Damn...that's a lot of chicken fajitas/burritos/tacos to eat up!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Hope they made plenty of fresh salsa for the feast.....

Re:In unrelated news... (1)

rednip (186217) | more than 2 years ago | (#40924083)

Oh, I doubt if anyone would have handled any of it outside of containment, likely the bodies will be cremated, if they ain't already, aside from samples. As egg layers, those chicken are not normally used for food, it's fortunate as it seems that it's product isn't infected. The Wikipedia page [wikipedia.org] claims that of the over 6 million birds tested, 1.7 million of them came up positive for it. Another outbreak had two human victims, thankfully they both fully recovered.

Re:In unrelated news... (2)

Macrat (638047) | more than 2 years ago | (#40925179)

Oh, I doubt if anyone would have handled any of it outside of containment, likely the bodies will be cremated, if they ain't already, aside from samples.

Of course there is no reason to fear that the Mexican govt wouldn't follow process.

Or the workers hauling all of it away.

Re:In unrelated news... (1)

Razgorov Prikazka (1699498) | more than 2 years ago | (#40923671)

That could be done with #kill -9 0
Why the fuss?

Re:In unrelated news... (1)

Kell Bengal (711123) | more than 2 years ago | (#40924027)

Somehow "H7N3" looks like something I'd expect to see written on the side of a ship in Mass Effect.

Re:In unrelated news... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40922399)

Nah, McDonald's and their brand new Chicken flavored milkshake with Salsa.

Re:In unrelated news... (0)

fahrbot-bot (874524) | more than 2 years ago | (#40922489)

You know... I heard many Chick-fil-A stores actually ran out of chicken [nbc26.tv] a few days ago and could use a re-stocking. Mmm... I'll have the country-style H7N3 sandwich and large waffle-fries.

Re:In unrelated news... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40922529)

There you go again wishing pestilence upon those you disagree with.

Re:In unrelated news... (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40922693)

There you go again wishing pestilence upon those you disagree with.

Who else? Certainly not pestilence with those that agree with you...

Re:In unrelated news... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40923257)

There you go again wishing pestilence upon those you disagree with.

Who else? Certainly not pestilence with those that agree with you...

No matter how deserving they are...

Re:In unrelated news... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40924099)

Blithely wishing bird-flu ridden chickens on a corporation who would never do such a thing because it would be their end is, upon the whole, far more morally proper than spending corporate profits on hate groups that insist our government support Third World nations in executing 'the queers'.

Pull the double-ended dildo out of your and the FRC's arse, and then you can start whining about how people who disagree with you are being 'mean', you turd.

Re:In unrelated news... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40923173)

What the fuck is this "Chick fil a" shit I keep hearing about recently? Is it supposed to be well known or something?

Re:In unrelated news... (1)

Sulphur (1548251) | more than 2 years ago | (#40923953)

What the fuck is this "Chick fil a" shit I keep hearing about recently? Is it supposed to be well known or something?

Shit is indeed well known.

Re:In unrelated news... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40924043)

Only to rednecks in the southern states.

Re:In unrelated news... (1)

Sulphur (1548251) | more than 2 years ago | (#40927713)

Only to rednecks in the southern states.

Must avoid obvious remark.

Re:In unrelated news... (1)

tibman (623933) | more than 2 years ago | (#40925143)

It is known.

Re:In unrelated news... (1)

Macrat (638047) | more than 2 years ago | (#40925133)

I guess you aren't aware of the El Pollo Loco chain or restaurants. ;-)

Re:In unrelated news... (4, Funny)

Dahamma (304068) | more than 2 years ago | (#40923245)

I'm just waiting for Jenny McCarthy to start complaining about how the other 66 million chickens will develop autism.

Re:In unrelated news... (1)

slick7 (1703596) | more than 2 years ago | (#40924069)

KFC imports 8 million chickens for their new "Clucker Bowl"

When do you by stock, before or after the epidemic?
Without protected borders, people crossing into national boundaries,with dis-eased material is more like an invasion, than searching for the American dream. We are suffering from drought, flooding, storms and way too many undocumented aliens.Our schools mill out those who communicate electronically rather than face to face. hope the power doesn't go out.

Re:In unrelated news... (1)

Macrat (638047) | more than 2 years ago | (#40925115)

Actually it will be sold through the El Pollo Loco chain.

Re:In unrelated news... (1)

slashmydots (2189826) | more than 2 years ago | (#40927175)

KFC imports 8 million chickens for their new "Clucker Bowl"

I believe KFC cuts off the chickens' heads to instantly kill them but I believe Mexico's method was even more effective: they made them drink the water :-P

Bird Shoah (0, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40922265)

In a couple of years, chickens will make documentaries on history channel about how they killed 40 million chickens.

Re:Bird Shoah (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40922313)

You're a bad person.

And clearly, so am I.

Re:Bird Shoah (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40922445)

These scapegoat crimes against chickens have to stop!

Some human child gets the sniffles? It was the chickens! Those evil chickens did it!

The pigs become contaminted with flu? Those dirty chickens are surley to blame!

First they came for the chickens, and nobody spoke out.
Then they came for the swine, and I said nothing.
Then they blamed the geese and waterfowl..
And then they blamed me for going on an international flight with a runny nose, and nobody was left to defend me!

When will this madness end!? Stop blaming the poor chickens!

Won't somebody think of the poor chickens!?

Re:Bird Shoah (1)

datavirtue (1104259) | more than 2 years ago | (#40922677)

Over 22 million chickens are killed each day in the U.S. for food. It is not uncommon to see one million birds in one building.

Re:Bird Shoah (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40922705)

You callous monster!

The persecution of the chickens is only the beginning!

Didn't you read animal farm!? Just wait until the pigs take over!

Re:Bird Shoah (1)

TheGratefulNet (143330) | more than 2 years ago | (#40924445)

add ice, music and banners on every surface and we call it the olympics!

Did they choke them? (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40922271)

I'd like to have some gov't suit come by and tell us, "Choke your chickens."

Re:Did they choke them? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40922385)

the government has no right to tell me what to do with my chicken!

Re:Did they choke them? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40922477)

the government has no right to tell me what to do with my chicken!

They can have my chicken when they pry it from my cold, dead fingers.

captcha: spanks (I shit you not)

Re:Did they choke them? (1)

Sulphur (1548251) | more than 2 years ago | (#40923999)

I'd like to have some gov't suit come by and tell us, "Choke your chickens."

That's how flu kills chickens. Suddenly they can't breathe with mucus and red tape clogging their airway.

Re:Did they choke them? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40924265)

I'd like to have some gov't suit come by and tell us, "Choke your chickens."

That's how flu kills chickens. Suddenly they can't breathe with mucus and red tape clogging their airway.

Mucus?

Sure. Sure it is.

Nuke it (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40922273)

Nuke it from orbit, it's the only way to be sure.

Re:Nuke it (1)

Githaron (2462596) | more than 2 years ago | (#40922959)

And the world ended in one burning, feathered torrent of doom.

Re:Nuke it (1)

Sulphur (1548251) | more than 2 years ago | (#40924023)

And the world ended in one burning, feathered torrent of doom.

A sea of flaming feathers. We are Il prepared and Un ready for it.

Re:Nuke it (1)

hairyfeet (841228) | more than 2 years ago | (#40924231)

Anyone else think of the opening scene from "Zombieland" just now?

The USA slaughtered 8 million chickens (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40922283)

Just to make sure Cartman gets his daily dose of KFC.

Re:The USA slaughtered 8 million chickens (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40922363)

I totally thought that was going to be a Chik fil a joke.

Coming up next... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40922299)

Peta launches massive protest in the western region of Mexico.

Re:Coming up next... (1)

Dahamma (304068) | more than 2 years ago | (#40923213)

Actually, PETA is perfectly fine with killing animals [theatlantic.com] , just so long as they are not used for any useful purpose afterwards.

Re:Coming up next... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40923471)

Peta launches massive protest in the western region of Mexico.

...or they would have if they hadn't all be out sick with the flu...

Old news (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40922365)

This news is a month old. Unfortunately I was in Jalisco when it first broke out. Luckily the chickens I killed and ate were fine.

Re:Old news (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40923177)

This news is a month old.

This is Slashdot, mid-2012 version.

A month old is about normal.

*only slight sarcasm*

fast 'n furious (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40922383)

Always did suspect Mr. Holder had something against fowl.

I hope I'm not ... (1)

RockGrumbler (1795608) | more than 2 years ago | (#40922415)

I hope I'm not secretly a cibopath [wikipedia.org]

A great disturbance in the force... (5, Funny)

ravenscar (1662985) | more than 2 years ago | (#40922459)

"I felt a great disturbance in the Force, as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced. I fear something terrible has happened."

Re:A great disturbance in the force... (4, Funny)

Farmer Tim (530755) | more than 2 years ago | (#40922701)

Am I the only one who heard that in the voice of Gonzo [nocookie.net] ?

Re:A great disturbance in the force... (1)

oodaloop (1229816) | more than 2 years ago | (#40922927)

I certainly hope so.

Re:A great disturbance in the force... (1)

Loughla (2531696) | more than 2 years ago | (#40923389)

Gonzo was my introduction to the dark and disturbing world of bestiality. That has always seemed like a rather risque topic for a children's show.

Re:A great disturbance in the force... (1)

Farmer Tim (530755) | more than 2 years ago | (#40923997)

I could never work out precisely what he was, so I'm not sure if it was bestiality. No weirder than a frog and a pig (or the birds and the bees for that matter).

Re:A great disturbance in the force... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40923293)

I think you meant to say "clucked out in terror".

Re:A great disturbance in the force... (1)

HapSlappy_2222 (1089149) | more than 2 years ago | (#40923427)

"I felt a great disturbance in the Force, as if millions of voices suddenly bawked out in terror and were suddenly silenced. I fear something delicious has happened." FTFY

Re:A great disturbance in the force... (2)

TheGratefulNet (143330) | more than 2 years ago | (#40924407)

% cat chicken-fajitas | bawk '{cluck "%s", $1}'
moo!
% _

yeah, our food supply is clucked alright.

Re:A great disturbance in the force... (1)

ethanms (319039) | more than 2 years ago | (#40924607)

don't you mean clucked out in terror?

ummm... Thanks? (1)

logicassasin (318009) | more than 2 years ago | (#40922467)

"Mexico has so far slaughtered eight million chickens and vaccinated 66 million more in an effort to contain a bird flu outbreak in the west of the country"

Guess there's not much to worry about when I return to Cancun for some much needed rest.

Re:ummm... Thanks? (2)

Githaron (2462596) | more than 2 years ago | (#40922973)

Slaughtered. That's it? They should have played real life Angry Birds.

Re:ummm... Thanks? (1)

Sulphur (1548251) | more than 2 years ago | (#40924067)

Slaughtered. That's it? They should have played real life Angry Birds.

They kept flapping off course.

Re:ummm... Thanks? (1)

I(rispee_I(reme (310391) | more than 2 years ago | (#40925825)

More like real life Zelda [youtube.com] .

OH! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40922539)

Oh... OH LAWD!

Here we go again (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40922547)

Time for GSK to make billions as governments clamour for their next proprietary "vaccinations".

Woz Prank? (1)

guttentag (313541) | more than 2 years ago | (#40922559)

"66 Million Chickens Vaccinated in Los Altos" sounds like the headline to a story about a Steve Wozniak prank. (The famous garage was in Los Altos)

Chickens slaughtered: geeks everywhere lament (3, Funny)

MobyDisk (75490) | more than 2 years ago | (#40922585)

slaughtered eight million chickens

This is supposed to be news for nerds, not news for geeks [merriam-webster.com] .

What do you do with eight million dead chickens? (2)

proto (98893) | more than 2 years ago | (#40924185)

Turn them into a fuel source! No really its not a punch line. My apologies to PETA, but can you think of a better option?

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/07/090722110903.htm [sciencedaily.com]

Re:Chickens slaughtered: geeks everywhere lament (1)

antdude (79039) | more than 2 years ago | (#40924685)

How many geeks actually do that thought? ;)

News for nerds? (4, Funny)

wonkey_monkey (2592601) | more than 2 years ago | (#40922587)

Unless they killed them with a particle accelerator or calculated the right number of chickens to vaccinate with a Beowulf cluster of Raspberry Pis, not interested.

Re:News for nerds? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40926477)

particle accelerator

They accelerated the particles of the machetes into the chickens.

calculated the right number of chickens to vaccinate

The chickens that fit inside several libraries of congress were vaccinated.

with a Beowulf cluster of Raspberry Pis

During the brainstorming session, the open bar in the lounge was serving raspberry gin.

Is this *really* a Slashdot story? (1)

Tibore Escalante (993235) | more than 2 years ago | (#40922777)

I mean, having the word "virus" in the story won't make it appealing to the /. crowd unless the word "Microsoft" is also included.

Re:Is this *really* a Slashdot story? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40922989)

Mexican officials reported cleaning up 66 million systems running poultryOS today, as reports of a new respiratory attack vector virus known technically as "H7N3", but more commonly known as the "windows 8 metro UI virus" compromised millions of unprotected immune systems. The author of the virus, known in some cirles as "Jehova", "addonai", "YHWH", and more generically as "God", was unavailable to comment.

"Incidents like these clearly underscore why we need stricter controls over all powerful deities!" Writes an anonymous poster on the internet website, slashot.org. He continued with "it seems like every year we have yet another revision of biological malware released by this omnipresent superhacker. Why won't the authorities do something!?"

Representives of the alledged malware author have asserted that their divinity does not engage in spurrious creation of superplagues, but does have a persistent habbit of engaging in clearly unpredictable and mysterious behaviors. When confronted with a list of prior offenses, such as striking foriegn nations with boils, sending plagues of locusts, and causeing outbreaks of hemarhoids amongst the poor, the representatives had no comment.

To make the situation more difficult, many secularists in the so called scientific community assert that the recent release of the new H7N3 variant is simply a natural recombination of previously released biomalware, and question that it was ever created by the mysterious figure that clamors for public attention known collectively world wide as "god." They assert that the malware is the result of spontaneous copying errors of prior forms of malware that have simply adapted to a changing security climate, and that no single source of authorship is responsible, much like the modern linux kernel. When asked what we should expect in the future, they went on record as saying "pretty much the same thing as last year. Despite global warming, which nobody believes us about and we hope you all die from it, the world hasn't changed all that much and the conditions that promote the natural evolution of this variety of biological malware are still very prevalent and seasonally vulnerable to new outbreaks."

Many biosecurity organisations, such as the world health organisation (WHO) have advised people running on vulnerable wetware platforms to updated their biological firewalls and update their chemical virus definitions with approved vaccines at reputable public health providers in their areas, to ensure that a massive outbreak of this new variant doesn't cause massive economic problems.

[There? Is that better? LOL!]

What is it? (3, Funny)

shugah (881805) | more than 2 years ago | (#40922885)

Mr. Tweedy: What is it? Mrs. Tweedy: It's a pie machine, you idiot. Chickens go in, pies come out. Mr. Tweedy: Ooh, what kind of pies? Mrs. Tweedy: Apple. Mr. Tweedy: My favourite.

Re:What is it? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40924367)

I've never seen one before - no one has - but I'm guessing it's a white hole.

Sounds like... (1)

interval1066 (668936) | more than 2 years ago | (#40923295)

...cluck-a-geddon.

Now for the mexicans themselves. (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40923635)

Need to kill 8 million of them in order to save the american economy from being slowly drained by them getting free health care, all the money they earn to send back home instead of putting it back into our economy, all the local money wasted on putting them in jails, the money wasted on "securing" the border, and the thousands each year that cross the border to have a baby here to automatically become citizens and start leeching welfare.

Fuck the virus. Let it run rampant down there and thin the herd.

One word... (1)

DaRanged (735002) | more than 2 years ago | (#40923705)

POLLOS.

Minecraft (1)

talljustin (1051744) | more than 2 years ago | (#40923751)

I've killed more chickens than that....on Minecraft.

Slashdot sociopaths (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40924075)

As expected, numerous posts making fun of the deaths of these birds. I suppose they don't feel pain like you do - that'll be it. After all, you're so much more important than a few million chickens, aren't you. Just astounding.

Look at crap like this, from a supposed 'adult' presumably: "Unless they killed them with a particle accelerator or calculated the right number of chickens to vaccinate with a Beowulf cluster of Raspberry Pis, not interested."

Such empathy and humanity. How do you people function in daily life, being completely unable to feel the suffering of others?

First off, there is no such thing as 'vaccination', (Google 'Dr Hadwen vaccination'), secondly, "The country's agriculture ministry had identified the diseased chickens during the vaccination process". Oh really? How, exactly? What "vaccination process" did they use? How did they identify the diseased chickens?

I think the reason that chickens might be getting ill is because of the disgusting, barbaric factory farming system, the system that most of the idiots on Slashdot couldn't care less about, after all, as long as YOU aren't suffering, that's all that matters, right?

Re:Slashdot sociopaths (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40926663)

I understand your rage, however, impassioned rants like this one won't instill anyone with a greater sense of compassion.

As unpleasant as the facts are, they remain the facts. One of them is that the majority of humans consider animals to be nothing but means to an end. That is just how humans have turned out, for better for worse, and no single individual can change that.

How do they get through life? By only showing compassion to the precious few people who are near to them. That formula works great for most people (whether it should or not).

You can't change them. You can only change yourself. If you choose to rise above the basic impulses of human behavior, don't be surprised when nobody follows you. And remember that it is lonely at the top.

Chickenicide (1)

ThePeices (635180) | more than 2 years ago | (#40924175)

If 8 million humans were slaughtered, we would call it a Holocaust.
If 8 million chickens were slaughtered, we would call it......well nothing, we wouldn't even blink an eyelid at the thought.

Its amazing and disturbing how totally blasé we are at killing mammals.

They are only chickens, amiright?

Re:Chickenicide (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40924215)

Chickens. Are. Not. Mammals. I really hope you were being a sarcastic troll here.

Re:Chickenicide (1)

TheGratefulNet (143330) | more than 2 years ago | (#40924435)

hello! anyone down there??

"no one here but us messican chickens."

see, its empty. told ya.

Re:Chickenicide (2, Insightful)

DRJlaw (946416) | more than 2 years ago | (#40924537)

If 8 million humans were slaughtered, we would call it a Holocaust.
If 8 million chickens were slaughtered, we would call it......well nothing, we wouldn't even blink an eyelid at the thought.

One is sentient, the other is pretty decidedly not sentient. One is not-food (for almost all), the other is pretty decidedly food (for almost all). One has a total population of about 7 billion, one has a population birth rate of about 50 billion per year.

You don't complain about the bacterial holocaust that you wreak when you bathe (and I hope that you do bathe)... so where do you propose to draw the line?

Its amazing and disturbing how totally blasé we are at killing mammals.

They are only chickens, amiright?

Chickens: class aves, descended from distant ancestors that ate our distant ancestors. Class also includes hawks, falcons, and other aves that are blase at killing aves and mammals. Humans: class mammalia, demonstrated to have raised and eaten chicken for the past round-about 8000 years. Class also includes canines, felines, and other mammals that are blase about killing mammals and aves.

So long as they were slaughtered using reasonable practices, I neither feel amazed nor disturbed.

Re:Chickenicide (2)

JoeDuncan (874519) | more than 2 years ago | (#40925183)

One is sentient, the other is pretty decidedly not sentient.

"Sentient" just means the ability to have sensations. Chickens are most definitely sentient. I believe you likely meant "self-aware".

Re:Chickenicide (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40926723)

One is sentient, the other is pretty decidedly not sentient.

"Sentient" just means the ability to have sensations. Chickens are most definitely sentient. I believe you likely meant "self-aware".

Sentience is the ability to feel, perceive or be conscious ...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sentience

Re:Chickenicide (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40925629)

Have you even seen a live chicken? One can argue that they are not very smart, but they are decidedly sentient. They know pain and suffering, and try to avoid them. They know the difference between life and death, and opt for the former.

Your pompous, arrogant thinking, which goes like "we humans are the smartest, so we can fuck as well do anything we want", is what ruins our planet as we are living on it. If we ever encountered a vastly more intelligent extra-terrestrial species, how would you feel if they hunted you for pleasure, or just ditched you into plastic bags filled with lime, to avoid some hypothetical and overblown epidemic, as we are doing to chickens?

Re:Chickenicide (1)

Areyoukiddingme (1289470) | more than 2 years ago | (#40927561)

Yes I've seen live chickens. They're horrible creatures. They're one of the few species on the planet besides humans that will choose to randomly isolate one of their numbers and literally bully them to death. They do this practically from birth, given the chance. It's actually a JOB to run the chicken beak clipping machine specifically to clip off the tips of the beaks of baby chicks, because if you don't, they'll kill each other in droves.

No, I don't mind eating them. That's life. As an apex predator, it is my inherent right to eat anything on the planet that doesn't eat me first, whether or not I'm smarter. I have 100 million years of DNA behind that right. More to the point, I can not live without consuming some other organism, and neither can you. The only species on Earth who are closest to blameless are plants, living on air, water, sunlight, and minerals. But except for the most primitive of plants, even they depend on the action of bacteria in the soil, and consume the dead bodies of former generations. We ALL eat each other. From the tiniest bacteria on up, life consumes other life.

Get over yourself you whinyass bitch.

Re:Chickenicide (1)

ShanghaiBill (739463) | more than 2 years ago | (#40927841)

Yes I've seen live chickens. They're horrible creatures. They're one of the few species on the planet besides humans that will choose to randomly isolate one of their numbers and literally bully them to death. They do this practically from birth, given the chance. It's actually a JOB to run the chicken beak clipping machine specifically to clip off the tips of the beaks of baby chicks, because if you don't, they'll kill each other in droves.

If chickens are closely confined, they will indeed peck each other to death. But if given reasonable space, they will not. Chickens establish a "pecking order", and hens higher in the hierarchy will peck those lower, and expect them to retreat. Trouble happens when they are closely confined and there is no place to retreat to.

I raise my own chickens, and I have never had a bird pecked to death.

Re:Chickenicide (1)

Areyoukiddingme (1289470) | more than 2 years ago | (#40928035)

I lived on a farm growing up and the neighbor down the road was a diary farmer who kept free range chickens. Truly free range, without even a fence. They had the run of the property and they were not a large flock. They pecked one of their number to death one summer. It took a while, but it happened. It does happen, even without close confinement. I'd be willing to believe it's much rarer without close confinement, but it's definitely still possible. I'm sure close observation would have shown it was the lowest bird in the pecking order of the entire flock that died. (I suppose that must have been true almost by definition.) And no, it wasn't a dog or a vehicle. There was a clear pattern of more and more missing feathers, and even though I wasn't visiting every day, even I observed the pecking, so the actual cause of death was pretty clearly the other birds.

I guess the point is, life is not a Saturday Morning Cartoon, as the anonymous coward seems to think. Things die. Things die for food more often than anything else. People who were raised in a bubble have a hard time coming to grips with that, and their difficulty manifests in all sorts of distorted thinking. Which they post on the internet. -_-

Re:Chickenicide (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40927453)

One is sentient, the other is pretty decidedly not sentient.

Oh really? And what do you base this assumption on?
FYI: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=25RcDO2RdZQ

Re:Chickenicide (1)

Crypto Gnome (651401) | more than 2 years ago | (#40924543)

If 8 million chickens were slaughtered, we would call it......well nothing, we wouldn't even blink an eyelid at the thought. Its amazing and disturbing how totally blasé we are at killing mammals.

You seem to have missed the fact that CHICKENS ARE NOT MAMMALS.

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Re:Chickenicide (1)

uvajed_ekil (914487) | more than 2 years ago | (#40927473)

There is a term for this: responsible disease prevention.

8 MILLION CHICKENS CHOKED! (1)

uslurper (459546) | more than 2 years ago | (#40924557)

um...

Re:8 MILLION CHICKENS CHOKED! (1)

uvajed_ekil (914487) | more than 2 years ago | (#40927481)

Duh, this is the internet, isn't it?

What if it was in that big batch of Chick-Fil-A? (1)

lexsird (1208192) | more than 2 years ago | (#40925929)

What if in the rush to fill all of those orders, some chicken was undercooked and had some of that virus lurking around in it when someone sank teeth into it? So we end up with a chicken virus in a vast number of those out for "Chick-Fil-A appreciation day", we get to call that God's wrath? Does God hate haters?

Irony? Hypothetical, but imagine if it happened.

Who clicked the artcle to see Chick-Fil-A comments (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40926285)

????

Where did it originate? (1)

guspasho (941623) | more than 2 years ago | (#40926875)

I can't help but notice the summary and linked articles all neglect to inform us where the disease came from. The last time a major outbreak occurred in Mexico it was due to negligent and unsanitary conditions at a Smithfield farm, but tha information was quickly ignored and glossed over. Is it them again? This is The Jungle all over again. We should be looking a how these outbreaks happen in order to prevent them from happening again.

boowk booowk bowk bowk (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40928541)

hes everywhere hes everywhere ...oh and these better not find there way to canada , usa go nuts

mass murder! (1)

queBurro (1499731) | more than 2 years ago | (#40929607)

quick, someone call the... pollo-ice

Oh no! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40929727)

Poor chickens! I would've eaten them!
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