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Top Veterinary Group Proposes Guidelines That Allow Burying Chickens Alive

Susan Bird: ‘Animal advocates are not pleased with the American Veterinary Medical Association, or AVMA, these days. What could make them so disappointed in the one class of medical professionals sworn to protect and care for all animals? It all comes down to new proposed guidelines that would allow inhumane methods of killing large numbers of farm animals… The AMVA now says in certain scenarios — think avian flu or swine flu outbreaks – it would be permissible to kill animals like pigs, chickens and turkeys by the following methods: “Water-based foam” to suffocate or “drown” chickens; “ventilation shutdown,” which essentially “bakes” animals alive by turning off the ventilation so poultry and pigs will die from heat stress and suffocation; and “live burial” for chickens…

This type of mass killing is called “depopulation.” That’s quite a euphemism for agonizing mass slaughter… Humane methodologies be damned, apparently. If the situation warrants it and the numbers to be “depopulated” are high, says the AVMA, chickens should be killed as expeditiously as possible — even if they’ll suffer as they slowly die… How can veterinarians decide that these methods of euthanasia are acceptable, you ask?… What kind of stance is this for a professional organization charged with protecting the health and welfare of animals?…

“The AVMA is proposing to subject animals to the most gruesome deaths imaginable,” said Animal Welfare Institute farm animal program director Dena Jones in a press release. “Intentionally inflicting death in a manner that causes elevated and prolonged distress is unacceptable. It is particularly insupportable for a professional scientific body representing veterinarians—who are sworn to protect animals—to propose killing methods that have never been researched for their impact on the welfare of animals”.’ SOURCE…

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