New bird flu hits China

Here’s another reason to go vegan:

A strain of avian flu recently broke out in China and authorities in three cities there have shut down live bird markets. Sadly for the birds, whose death awaited them at the markets anyway, 20,000 birds have already been killed as a precaution.

caged chickens at a market in China

H7N9 has been found in pigeons so they’re being slaughtered, along with chickens, geese, ducks and other birds at the markets.

Twenty-one people have contracted the flu, and six deaths have been reported. So far, there haven’t been signs of human-to human transmission.

Keeping birds in close quarters, where they can spread the avian flu, isn’t a good practice. The best way to help birds and people is to ditch meat and eat a vegan diet.