The Washington Post shares an opinion article asking why are we accepting the mass slaughter of animals through heatstroke? As a result of the avian influenza outbreak this year, the Agriculture Department has ordered the killing of almost 38 million chickens, turkeys, ducks and geese to stop the spread of the virus. The agency claims this is an unfortunate necessity to protect uninfected birds living on U.S. farms, but how we carry out the task says a lot about who we are as a society.