Skip to main content
Updated:
Original:

PETA wants to put up bird flu billboard in Willmar urging people to go vegan

Author:

Animal rights campaign group PETA wants to erect a billboard in Willmar urging people to go vegan in the wake of the outbreak in bird flu in Minnesota.

The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals announced Thursday it is looking to lease billboard space in the area, and want to show an image of two chicken bodies hanging by their feet in front of a bloody wall.

The slogan on the sign will read: "Bird Flu: The writing is on the Wall. Go Vegan."

Willmar is the administrative center of Kandiyohi County, which is proving to be the center of the avian flu epidemic sweeping across turkey farms in Minnesota.

By the Minnesota Department of Public Safety's latest count, Kandiyohi County is home to 26 poultry farms that were found to have flocks infected with the H5N2 virus, the latest of which was confirmed on Friday.

PETA says the billboard is intended" to remind people that crowded poultry farms are breeding grounds for dangerous bacteria and viruses like avian flu." It plans to erect another one in Sioux City, Iowa.

"You’ll never catch the flu from a piece of tofu, but when tens of thousands of birds are crammed into filthy sheds and surrounded by their own waste, diseases spread and even mutate quickly," PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman alleges.

Spokesman David Perle told the West Central Tribune that it is contacting billboard owners in the area seeking to lease the space and at this stage a contract has not yet been arranged.

Two more farms confirmed with avian flu

Minnesota DPS has confirmed that two more turkey farms have been infected with bird flu, one in Kandiyohi County and one in Meeker County.

It brings the total number of farms infected up to 72 in 19 counties. Prior to the latest two being announced, almost 4 million turkeys have been affected by the disease, and have died either as a result of the infection or as a result of being euthanized to contain its spread.

The DPS has re-affirmed that there have been no human infections as a result and that there is no risk to public health or food safety.

Next Up

D'Angelo Russell

D'Lo's late takeover helps Timberwolves win double-OT thriller

Russell caught fire to help the Timberwolves get back to .500.

Gopher Football

Gophers suffocate Badgers, reclaim Paul Bunyan's Axe

Minnesota picked up its first home win over the Badgers since 2003.

Meeker County Sheriff's Office

Boy, 6, run over after falling off trailer in Meeker Co. tree farm accident

He was airlifted to Hennepin County Medical Center with internal injuries.

Target store

Target unveils deals for 2-day 'Cyber Monday' event

The promotion kicks off Sunday, November 28.

Screen Shot 2021-11-27 at 9.59.30 AM

Edina police warn of recent burglary trend targeting garages and vehicles

The Edina Police Department is increasing patrols in affected neighborhoods in response to the trend.

Screen Shot 2021-11-27 at 9.03.06 AM

Charges: Man shot Uber Eats driver making a delivery in Cottage Grove

Otis Donnell Shipp was charged with second-degree attempted murder after turning himself in on Wednesday.

Screen Shot 2021-11-27 at 7.36.14 AM

Waterfront hotel in Duluth sustains damage in kitchen fire

Authorities estimate the damage at around $75,000.

Screen Shot 2021-11-27 at 7.15.18 AM

Large groups of thieves target 2 Twin Cities Best Buys on Black Friday

It bears similarities to the flash-mob style thefts seen recently in California.

Karl-Anthony Towns

Timberwolves' winning streak snapped at five games

The Wolves' bid for their longest winning streak since 2014 came up short.

Screen Shot 2020-08-14 at 6.45.53 PM

Teen arrested over fatal shooting of 5-year-old boy in Brooklyn Park

Police say the teen was filming a social media video while handling a gun.

Joe Biden

President Biden coming to Minnesota to promote Bipartisan Infrastructure Law

Tuesday's trip follows passage of the $1.2 trillion Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal.

Related