Ban on rearing birds to stop spread of avian flu

18th November 2005, Comments 0 comments

18 November 2005, MADRID — In a bid to prevent the spread of avian flu, the Spanish government has banned poultry and other birds from being raised in the open-air in 254 towns near wetland areas where wild birds stop on their migratory routes.

18 November 2005

MADRID — In a bid to prevent the spread of avian flu, the Spanish government has banned poultry and other birds from being raised in the open-air in 254 towns near wetland areas where wild birds stop on their migratory routes.

The order, which lasts for a month, is designed to drastically reduce the possibility of contact between ducks, geese and other wild birds with poultry raised in the yards of rural homes or free-range establishments.

The order includes new "bio-security" measures adopted by the European Union in light of the spread of avian flu, which reached south-eastern Europe in the past weeks.

The measures include a ban on using decoys by duck hunters, and prohibition of fairs, markets and cultural events involving the bringing together of birds.

Birds in zoos near the 25 wetland areas listed in the new order must be either brought inside for at least the next four weeks or vaccinated.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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