Animal and plant life existed on earth long before humans made their evolutionary appearance. As Man evolved from Hunter and Gatherer to a mass producing and slaughtering species, animals have endured immense suffering.
Throughout history, animals have been used for food, medicine, clothing and shelter...etc. Native Peoples did not harvest animals without giving a thought to life that was taken. It was complete opposite; they considered themselves a part of natural and spiritual worlds and had strong ties to land on which they lived. Many of early cultures paid tribute to animals that were taken; ceremonies within these cultures were often held for hunted animal indicating a respect for animal. They considered religion a function of daily activity, with rituals capable of influencing interconnected realms of physical and supernatural existence. Shamans, or medicine men, served as priests, and they led tribal members in rituals believed to ensure an adequate food supply. (1.)
Man, The Industrialist, has eliminated all respect for animals. To Man, only life of value is human consumer. The purpose of animals to Industrialists and Corporate Moguls: use animals anyway and in whatever numbers to make billions from fat, spoiled, lazy consumers of industrialized countries. There are many incidents supporting their greed:
1. Man has developed technology to create clothing that is furless. There is no need to kill animals for fur. But, because of human arrogance, greed, selfishness and amoral beliefs, millions and millions of animals are being exterminated each year.
2. We have exploited our oceans; dumping lethal oil into waters, destroying marine life, and wiping out fish stocks.
3. Polluted rivers and streams, air pollution, and using planet as our own personal toilet, is destroying our planet and all of its species
How we maintain animals has deteriorated to point of calling care and production of these animals genocidal, or more fitting, speciecidal:
The disease has been suspected for more than 100 years, first described in Italy in 1878. (2.) The major transmission from farm to farm is movement of infected poultry across countries, and wild birds are only a scapegoat Mass production and housing thousands of birds increases chance of an outbreak of disease. What is likely however is that disease will, like human ‘flu, continue to occur in outbreaks from now on. The structure of modern poultry industry almost guarantees it. (3.) Culling wild birds will never stop Avian Influenza.