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Spectacular bald eagles are the latest victims in the massive avian influenza outbreak that has swept across the world in recent months.

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According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the 14 states have reported deaths of bald eagles that have gotten the contagious bird flu, and two other states have deaths of bald eagles thought to be from the bird flu. In total, 41 bald eagles have died since late February.

A bald eagle in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, was found unable to fly and taken to a wildlife rehabilitation center. The Wisconsin Humane Society tried to bring the bird back to health, but it had to be euthanized as it was not able to recover.

Recently aerial surveys of eagle nests on the Georgia coast revealed many failed nests, some dead baby eaglets, and missing eaglets who would normally still be in the nest.

According to the data from the USDA, as of Wednesday, April 20th, bald eagles have died in the following states:

  • Florida: 9
  • Georgia: 3
  • Illinois: 1
  • Kansas: 2
  • Maine: 2
  • Minnesota: 1
  • Nebraska: 1
  • North Carolina: 3
  • North Dakota: 2
  • Ohio: 4
  • Pennsylvania: 1
  • South Carolina: 3
  • South Dakota: 4
  • Vermont: 3
  • Wisconsin: 2

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Millions of domestic and wild birds have died or were euthanized because of the avian influenza outbreak. The poultry industry has euthanized a heartbreaking number of birds, and the government needs to figure out how to prevent future outbreaks. The real issue and the main contributor is the way that commercial factories farms run. The industry relies on genetically identical animals confined in inhumanly small spaces.

It is now estimated that all nine billion chickens raised and slaughtered in the U.S. each year can trace their lineage back to a handful of breeds. The lack of genetic diversity poses a massive threat to the industry and makes the animals more susceptible to outbreaks. It is a threat to public health. Sign this petition to help stop abuse in the poultry industry and sign this petition to hold a hunter responsible for over 400 protected eagles he killed.

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