Rabies scare leaves French hunters dogless

10th September 2004, Comments 0 comments

BORDEAUX, France, Sept 10 (AFP) - The hunting season opens Sunday across much of France, but hunters in the southwest will be banned from using dogs because of the rabies outbreak in the region last month.

BORDEAUX, France, Sept 10 (AFP) - The hunting season opens Sunday across much of France, but hunters in the southwest will be banned from using dogs because of the rabies outbreak in the region last month.  

Some 100,000 hunters in the departments of Dordogne, Gironde and Lot-et-Garonne have been ordered to leave their dogs at home or face a fine.  

"It is a sanitary measure to protect dogs and prevent them becoming carriers of the disease," said Jean-Marc Michel, a senior official at the ecology ministry.  

The authorities are still trying to track down six people and three dogs who they believe came into contact with a rabid dog illegally brought into the country from Morocco at the beginning of August.  

Veterinarians in the southwest have been inundated with requests for vaccinations from dog-owners.  

The hunting season opens across the southern half of the country on Sunday, and in the north over the two following weekends. Hare, pigeon and wild-boar are reported to be especially abundant this year.

© AFP

 

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