All 5 entries tagged Bird Flu
February 03, 2007
2,600 turkeys in Suffolk have died of the H5N1 strain of bird flu. This sounds bad. Humans have been known to die from this strain. Adam is scared witless by the thought of bird flu.
But the news of this massive outbreak, the first proper case in Britain, should be seen as a good-news story.
Because they were to be used in Bernard Matthews products.
Not only will it harm their immediate business (159,000 turkeys will have to be killed) but it will hopefully harm the entire basis of their food production business.
Factory-farmed birds make the fur trade and animal testing look like a picnic. So while this news will hopefully put people off factory-farmed chicken and turkey, it’ll also make people look towards free-range and maybe organic food, which isn’t just better for us, but better for the birds too.
Incidentally, it seems to be a good time to be a journalist in Suffolk. The biggest news stories of the past six months have both come from the same county.
April 11, 2006
Writing about web page http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/4898398.stm
The 'working hypothesis' in Whitehall is that the swan that died of the 'deadly strain of bird flu' may have been washed up from another country.
The type of H5N1 it had was identical to the one found in Germany, and it seems as if the failure to find any other dead swans in Scotland suggests this may well be a one-off that was swept ashore by the tides.
So does this mean we're going to have all of this hullabaloo all over again when the UK does actually have bird flu!?!
And does this mean that the concern was all a fuss over nothing?
I've not seen this news reported on TV yet, but I'm willing to bet that it won't get the same attention in the media that the initial 'outbreak' did.