(ANSA) – NEW YORK, APRIL 28 – Over five million chickens have been exterminated in an Iowa plant due to bird flu. It is the largest cull of poultry in the United States this year in what is one of the worst outbreaks of avian flu in the past seven years.
The chickens were culled at Rembrandt Enterprises, however the factory came under fire for both the method used and for firing 250 of its employees after the cages were cleared of all carcasses.
According to the Guardian, quoting a Rembrandt employee, a method called ‘Ventilation Shutdown Plus’ was used to kill the chickens, i.e. the flow of air was blocked and at the same time heating was pumped until the temperature exceeded. 40 degrees centigrade.
Over 22 million birds have already been exterminated this year due to birds. While in 2015, in what the US Department of Agriculture called the worst poultry disaster in American history, about 50 million chickens and turkeys were culled. (HANDLE).