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Warning: Road Hazards You’d Never Even Dream Of!

Written by PETA | December 4, 2008
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As if we didn’t have enough to worry about during the holiday travel season, now there’s a new road hazard: deadly bacteria. And it comes to you courtesy of your pals in the chicken industry.

In case you don’t happen to be a regular reader of the Journal of Infection and Public Health, a recent study found that driving behind trucks taking chickens to slaughter could expose the car’s occupants to the aforementioned deadly bacteria. And not just any bacteria. Antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

You see, chickens (like other animals raised and killed for food) spend their short lives living in filth. By which I mean they stand around in sh—um, sheds. Filled with their own feces. This makes a perfect breeding ground for bacteria. And to keep the chickens from dying horribly from infections before they can be killed horribly at the slaughterhouse, the poor birds are pumped full of antibiotics, giving rise to—you guessed it!—bacteria that can’t be killed by antibiotics.

OK, so the poor chickens are crammed into open crates that are loaded onto a flatbed truck. The wind blows over them (half-freezing them in winter) and also carrying the germ-laden feces into the air. And if you’re traveling behind the truck … well, you do the math.

Now, of course, the best way to prevent this health hazard would be to stop using chickens for food—something you can help along by going vegetarian. But, so long as people continue to eat birds, we think they should be aware of the risks. Since the study was done in the Delaware-Maryland-Virginia region, we’re urging officials in those states to post signs on roads and trucks to warn motorists of the dangers.

Still, even if you live in the balmier parts of the world, you might want to drive with your windows up and no outside air flow until all this, uh … blows over.

Written by Jeff Mackey

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  • brittney says:

    This is not illegal is it? I was on the highway and saw this and took some pictures it is such a depressing sight.

  • Saucy says:

    I was rollin down highway 41 one day listening to rock music on the radio and just having a fun day of it. I was smilin and singin then I looked over and there was a truck carring all of these chickens in very small cages. Clearly those chickens were not having a fun day. They were completely devoid of any joy or happiness. There was a black cloud rollin down that highway with them. My joyful fun experience ruined again by the heartless cruel and ungodly meat industry. Pity the poor bastards who eat these meals of misery cause you are what you eat. Fear misery torment and terror. With all the alternatives to cruelty out there there is no excuse. Immitation poultry chicken and turkey is so good I give it to people and they do not know that what they are eating is not what was once a living breathing SPIRIT filled individual crafted by THE HAND OF GOD. Ohhhhhhh BEWARE meateaters The Day of the Lord is near.

  • craig says:

    Are you airheaded cuz you missed the point also……just like robert…Please people If it’s not you suffering then who cares right??? That’s sad…

  • Bailey says:

    Liz Before you comment understand what the actual point of the entry was…Just a thought.

  • Angel says:

    Robert Come back to earth with us. You seem to have lost your way. And you really that nieve?

  • Pam says:

    Liz you may be able to see into the future and tell what vehicle you will be driving behind but most of us can’t.

  • Liz says:

    Or you could simply not drive behind chicken trucks…Just a thought.

  • nancy says:

    We were driving down interstate 70 in Missouri on our way to St. Louis Lambert Airport one very chilly day in early May and I said to my husband “I know it is really chilly but to have snow in May is unheard of.” A few minutes later we passed a large truck stacked very high with many chickens crammed into crates so small they could not standup very stinky too. You could see the chickens were terrified and on the chickens on the outside corners were dead and the cages were banging back and forth and it even gets worse. I could see feces everywhere and the poor chickens on the bottom were very nasty. That is the day I realized that a chicken NEVER has a good day and their entire life is torture. Chickens get absolutely NO respect and the number of chickens who suffer so tragically is HUGE. I don’t think most people realize the suffering nor do they have any idea how unhealthy and unnutritious chicken meat is when raised in such unsanitary conditions.

  • kathryn says:

    In regards to Robert Lee first comment This isn’t the “way its meant to be” thats the point.

  • Frank says:

    Robert Lee If you approve of the poultry industry and the consequences for people’s health please don’t go and bother any hospital or doctor with your resistant bacteria gangrene. They have their hands full with more important stuff.

  • Bailey says:

    Abusing chickens and killing them carelessly isnt anything close to being “meant to be”………

  • Robert Lee says:

    If I was meant to get sick by being exposed to a chicken bacteria through the air while driving behind a chicken filled truck then I guess thats the way it was meant to be.