Journal of Heresies

My search for truth in a world of deceit.

Location: United States

I have what is probably an insatiable desire to search out the answers to what may be impossible questions.

Monday, January 23, 2006

Bird Flu

This is a completely off topic post. Although I could discuss what if any connections the "bird flu" has with prophecy, that is not what I have in mind. I just want to know how slaughtering and disposing of millions of chickens is going to stop the spread of bird flu, and prevent people from contracting it? Do the farmers and their employees who lose their livelihood get reimbursed for their losses? Why not just innoculate the chickens (and other domesticated birds)? Afterall, if the chickens can't get sick, it can't spread from the chickens to the humans right? How much Tamiflu would it take to innoculate a chicken compared to a human? Wouldn't it be much more economical (for the common people) when everything is said and done?

Rabies is a contagious disease that can pass from animals to humans, but we don't run out and kill large numbers of animals when there are a few cases of rabies in the area. (Although I think they used to do this sometimes before the vaccine) We would kill the sick animal (carefully handling and removing the carcass with gloves and garbage bag) , and we innoculate the domestic ones. Perhaps I just don't understand biology enough to grasp the methodology of WHO and the nations involved. It seems to me that culling all chickens (and some other birds) in the countries affected will eventually lead to a world without chickens (and some other birds). Maybe someone should start a "save the chickens" campaign...


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