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The CDC reports that three out of every four new or emerging infectious diseases in humans come from animals, and the recent pandemic virus threats from influenza viruses such as H1N1 (swine flu) and H5N1 (bird flu) evolved on chicken and pig factory farms.

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End Big Poultry to Thwart the Next Pandemic

Our relationship with animals—and especially the intensive confinement of chickens, turkeys, and ducks on cramped, filthy factory farms—is increasing the risk of deadly global pandemics. It’s not a question of how we make ourselves safer. We know. The only question is will we?

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