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Reports of health impacts from wind turbines on domesticated animals have been reported for years from all over the world. Here are some of the accounts.

  • 2009 – Farmer Kuo Jing-shan of Taiwan said 400 of his goats died after wind turbines were installed 40 meters from his farm.
  • 2010 ñ Ben Michels from DeKalb County, Illinois, said he has raised goats for about 20 years and usually only saw one death per year. However, following the installation of a wind farm project with the closest turbine 1,430 feet away, Michels said nine goats had died in four months. Autopsies did not show anything physically wrong with them.
  • 2012 – Dr. Scott Shrive, a veterinarian in Australia, examined a Kelpie working dog for a client, who did not want to be named, and reported that the dog began acting abnormally after the installation of a wind farm project just over a mile away. The dog became disobedient, ran sheep everywhere instead of herding them properly and sometimes would not get up from the floor of her kennel without almost 30 minutes of coaxing.
  • 2013 ñ A peer-reviewed study conducted on domestic geese in Poland and published on the National Center for Biotechnology Informationís website reported: ìThe results indicate the negative impact of the immediate vicinity of wind turbines on feed consumption, weight gain and cortisol concentration in blood.î
  • 2013 ñ Debi and David Van Tassell of Nova Scotia said five emus from their farm died in 2009 when a test turbine nearby became operational. Later, four turbines were constructed about 850 meters away and Debi Van Tassell said, ìOur birds became very aggressive . . . some of them were so skinny, you could see the little backbones.î In a two-week period, five more birds died.î

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