Influenza is scientists' top pick for humanity's next killer plague. Up to 60 million Americans come down with the flu every year. The next pandemic virus may be manufactured in the filthy conditions common in factory farms, where chickens are packed together by the tens or hundreds of thousands in utter filth, allowing viruses to spread rapidly from bird to bird and mutate into very dangerous strains.
News & Events
September 26, 2012
Recent decades have seen an unprecedented rise in infectious diseases, 75 percent of which come from animals. Zoonotic diseases cause 2.5 billion cases of human illness each year and 2.7 million human deaths worldwide. Most of these illnesses and deaths are caused by diseases spread from farm animals.
September 6, 2011
In the film “Contagion,” opening in theaters September 9, a global pandemic is born when humans come into contact with an infected, slaughtered pig. Michael Greger, M.D., HSUS director of public health and animal agriculture, says there’s as much potential fact as fiction in the scenario, but his focus is on how, and where, such a virus is likely to be born.
October 26, 2009
A chapter in the upcoming book Handbook of Disease Outbreaks: Prevention, Detection and Control implicates the long-distance transport of farm animals in the spread of human and animal diseases. Dr. Michael Greger, director of public health and animal agriculture for The HSUS, co-authored the chapter.
August 8, 2008
The HSUS and HSLF commend New York Gov. Paterson for signing legislation to protect public health and animal welfare by regulating the slaughter of birds and other animals at live poultry markets.