Horrific Experiments on Hens Conducted by Researchers in the Poultry Science Department at North Carolina State University

Recent issues of Poultry Press have targeted the American Veterinary Medical Association’s unethical support for the use of Ventilation Shutdown-Plus (VSD+) to exterminate – “depopulate” – millions of chickens, turkeys, ducks and other factory-farmed birds in response to the Avian Influenza disease sweeping the global poultry and egg industries. Millions of birds with no sign of this infectious disease of factory-farming have been exterminated along with birds diagnosed with the disease.

The VSD+ procedure consists of depriving the birds of air and inflicting heatstroke, to which carbon dioxide poison is added to facilitate suffocation. Our alerts feature photographs of hens dying in experimental isolation boxes in the Poultry Science Department at North Carolina State University (NCSU) in 2016. Ventilation Shutdown experiments at NCSU continue to be funded by the poultry industry, while avian flu reimbursements to poultry corporations are being funded by U.S. taxpayers through the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The photos we’ve been showing are extracted from 10 hours of excruciating footage obtained by former Animal Outlook attorney Will Lowrey through a public records request and posted on the Internet in April 2022.

In November, we decided, in addition to targeting the AVMA, to target NCSU by placing a full-page ad in the university’s student newspaper, Technician. The ad was set to run December 1, 2022 – only to be rejected by the Editorial Board, without explanation, the day before.

Our Internet alerts have urged people to contact NCSU Chancellor Randolph Woodson and the Technician’s Editorial Board regarding two fundamental issues: 1) the atrocity of the experiments, and 2) the Technician’s disregard of the university’s Free Speech policy in rejecting our ad. For information, see the Ad and the NewsBlaze Press Release, composed by UPC president Karen Davis and reproduced in these pages.

Photos obtained by Animal Outlook via public records request from experiments killing birds by ventilation shutdown performed at the Prestage Department of Poultry Science at North Carolina State University
Photos obtained by Animal Outlook via public records request from experiments killing birds by ventilation shutdown performed at the Prestage Department of Poultry Science at North Carolina State University
Photos obtained by Animal Outlook via public records request from experiments killing birds by ventilation shutdown performed at the Prestage Department of Poultry Science at North Carolina State University Photos obtained by Animal Outlook via public records request from experiments killing birds by ventilation shutdown performed at the Prestage Department of Poultry Science at North Carolina State University.

Contact:

W. Randolph Woodson, Chancellor
Office of the Chancellor
Holladay Hall, Campus Box 7001
Raleigh, NC 27695-7001
Phone: 919-515-2191
Email: chancellor@ncsu.edu

Shilpa Giri, Editor-in-Chief
Technician
323 Witherspoon Student Center
Campus Box 7318
Raleigh, NC 27695
Phone: 9119-515-2411
Email: technician-editor@ncsu.edu

Dr. Peter Ferket, Interim Head
Department of Poultry Science
Campus Box 7608
North Carolina State University
Raleigh, NC 27695
Phone: 919-515-5409
Email: peter_ferket@ncsu.edu

Tell the AVMA to OPPOSE the use of Ventilation Shutdown-Plus and related methods of torture (e.g., firefighting foam and electricity) to exterminate birds on factory farms. Tell the AVMA to SUPPORT eliminating the squalor and overcrowding in the confinement buildings that spread the avian flu virus. Anyone with a modicum of medical training should know that lack of hygiene creates a Paradise for Pathogens. Request a reply to your concerns.

Dr. Janet Donlin & Dr. Cia Johnson
American Veterinary Medical Association
1931 North Meacham Road, Suite 100
Schaumburg, IL 60173-4360
Phone: 800-248-2862
Fax: 847-925-1329
Website/Contact: www.avma.org

hen in box and subjected to extreme heat for research