Virulent Newcastle disease epidemic
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To fight disease, more than 1.2 million birds have been euthanized

Virulent Newcastle disease epidemic

Les Kanawah holds a protest sign outside her Mira Loma, Calif., home on the day her chickens were scheduled to be euthanized.

 (Dania Maxwell / Los Angeles Times)
Virulent Newcastle disease epidemic

Mira Loma community members protest the chicken euthanizations, an effort to curb the spread of virulent Newcastle disease in Southern California.

 (Dania Maxwell / Los Angeles Times)
Virulent Newcastle disease epidemic

John Dave Denilofs talks to community members about the protests against euthanizing chickens in Mira Loma, Calif.

 (Dania Maxwell / Los Angeles Times)
Virulent Newcastle disease epidemic

Community member Roger Johnson, center, speaks with police officers during the protest against bird euthanization in Mira Loma, Calif.

 (Dania Maxwell / Los Angeles Times)
Virulent Newcastle disease epidemic

Members of the euthanasia team clean up.

 (Dania Maxwell / Los Angeles Times)
Virulent Newcastle disease epidemic

Katie Walker, left, and daughter Kalli Walker protest the euthanization of chickens.

 (Dania Maxwell / Los Angeles Times)
Virulent Newcastle disease epidemic

Les Kanawah’s chickens were scheduled to be euthanized May 13 in Mira Loma, Calif.

 (Dania Maxwell / Los Angeles Times)
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