ARE YOU SCARED OF BIRD FLU? (Chicken)
It comes as no surprise that an intensive poultry farm records Britain's most recent case of bird flu - just days after the country was given the all clear from the swan scare in Scotland.
And in which county?
Norfolk, home of Bernard Matthews, who earlier this week had his farms exposed as sick fucking torture houses for the millions of "bootiful" turkeys he slaughters every year.
As reported in E.R. last month, the risk of bird flu does not come from wild birds, but from factory farmed birds.
Almost every major outbreak from Beijing to Belgium has been from a factory farm.
Despite 20,000 dead wild birds being handed in to authorities in the UK after the infected swan washed up on a Scottish beach, not one had the virus.
Yet today, within the apparent safe confines of a factory farm, bird flu is found and 35,000 birds are immediately slaughtered.
Think about it.
How does bird flu get inside a locked building in Norfolk?
This new case is of course the catastrophe no one wanted. Bird flu is not spread by wild birds. If it were, the case of bird flu found on British soil in 1953 would have caused the deaths of thousands of birds.
But in 1953 we didn't have factory farms. In 1953 we didnt spread the chicken shit from factory farms over our fields. And in 1953 convenience food outlets like KFC hadnt yet reached these shores, and there was the vague recognition that the way we treated animals and the way eating them affects our health, might be connected.
The swan washed up in Scotland a month ago had almost certainly fed from a field covered in factory-farmed bird shit in Germany, and died at sea.
Yesterday the magazine Nature published an article suggesting that if the human form of the disease spread to the UK it would be virtually impossible to contain, with 1 in 3 people likely to catch it, and a fair chunk of those likely to die from it.
Hold on to your hankerchiefs.
It may not be this month, or even this year, but it is on its way.