More than 50,000 chickens are being killed because they can’t be vaccinated
Some people are being asked to think about their chickens’ future, as a global coalition of chicken breeders is asking governments to reconsider the importation of vaccines.
A coalition of more than 50 poultry breeders in the US, Europe and Asia are urging the World Health Organization to reconsider importation, citing data showing that the number of chickens being vaccinated is growing by more than 40 per cent a year.
The groups have written to the WHO and to the European Commission to ask that vaccination be restricted, as the vaccine is costing more to produce than its cost in humans.
The vaccines for domestic and imported birds can be found in stores and veterinary clinics.
But the global coalition says that chickens that can’t produce enough eggs or hatch to be vaccinated have an adverse impact on their quality of life and their ability to be bred.
The vaccine, which protects against the coronavirus, is also expensive.
The UK’s Department of Health says the cost of the vaccine alone will cost £30 million ($46 million) for the next five years.
The group says that a further 15 per cent of the chicken produced each year can be vaccinated, and that the vaccination will save £150 million ($205 million) annually by the end of 2020.
They also say that vaccines are costing farmers less money to raise than they used to, and say that the vaccines have not been tested for efficacy, safety or efficacy on humans.
“The vaccine for domestic chickens is a critical component of the global poultry trade,” the letter reads.
“It provides an important safety and efficacy tool for domestic breeders, and it can be exported for the protection of our poultry from human diseases.”
It says the vaccine costs less to produce each year than the vaccine that is exported from the US.
The letter says the vaccination is also less expensive to buy than the vaccines currently available in the market, and the price is not higher for the import.
The organisations are urging governments to reverse their decision to allow the import of the vaccines, and to focus on protecting chickens.
The groups say that chickens have a right to be protected from human disease.
“It is essential that we stop importing the vaccine, and we must do so in a way that is fair to all the producers who rely on this vaccine,” the group says.
Dr David Breen, chief executive of the Veterinary Council of Australia, says the chicken industry is working hard to protect its health.
“We have an excellent vaccine that protects against coronaviruses, which are the most serious of all human diseases.”
And we also have a good supply of vaccine that can be used in poultry production.
“The letter has been signed by more a dozen organisations including the Australian Veterinary and Herpetological Council, the Australian Chicken Breeders’ Association, the American Veterinary Medical Association and the Australian Association of Chicken Veterinarians. ABC/wires