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    'Mass poultry cull in north China

    China has been hit by four bird flu outbreaks in three weeks
    Armed police have been brought in to guard a mass cull of poultry in north-east China after a new outbreak of the deadly H5N1 strain of bird flu.

    Some 370,000 birds are to be killed in the province of Liaoning, close to the North Korean border after the virus killed nearly 9,000 chickens.'

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/asi...ic/4411446.stm

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    UK Lifts Ban on Older Cattle Entering Food Chain


    http://www.planetark.com/avantgo/dai...m?newsid=33360


    LONDON - Britain's farm ministry on Monday lifted a ban on some older cattle entering the food chain, removing a key measure used to combat deadly mad cow disease.

    The move, which had been expected, provided a boost for Britain's beef industry which was devastated in 1995 by the outbreak of mad cow in the nation's herds.

    More than 140 people in Britain are thought to have died from variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (vCJD), the human form of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE).

    The farm ministry said the Over Thirty Month (OTM) rule had been replaced with a "robust testing regime" and cattle born before August 1996 would continue to be excluded.

    "The replacement of the OTM rule marks a significant step in the year-on-year decline of the BSE epidemic to record low levels," farming minister Lord Bach said in a statement.

    Some producers have, however, expressed concerns there could be a flood of older cattle hitting the market now the ban has been lifted, further depressing weak domestic beef prices.

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    As Billions of Birds are Burned Alive: Rumsfeld's growing stake in Tamiflu



    Rumsfeld's growing stake in Tamiflu (the Company producing flu vaccines)
    Defense Secretary, ex-chairman of flu treatment rights holder, sees
    portfolio value growing.

    October 31, 2005: 10:55 AM EST
    By Nelson D. Schwartz, Fortune senior writer

    NEW YORK (Fortune) - The prospect of a bird flu outbreak may be
    panicking people around the globe, but it's proving to be very good
    news for Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and other politically
    connected investors in Gilead Sciences, the California biotech company
    that owns the rights to Tamiflu, the influenza remedy that's now the
    most-sought after drug in the world.

    Rumsfeld served as Gilead (Research)'s chairman from 1997 until he
    joined the Bush administration in 2001, and he still holds a Gilead
    stake valued at between $5 million and $25 million, according to
    federal financial disclosures filed by Rumsfeld.

    The forms don't reveal the exact number of shares Rumsfeld owns, but
    in the past six months fears of a pandemic and the ensuing scramble
    for Tamiflu have sent Gilead's stock from $35 to $47. That's made the
    Pentagon chief, already one of the wealthiest members of the Bush
    cabinet, at least $1 million richer.

    Rumsfeld isn't the only political heavyweight benefiting from demand
    for Tamiflu, which is manufactured and marketed by Swiss pharma giant
    Roche. (Gilead receives a royalty from Roche equaling about 10% of
    sales.) Former Secretary of State George Shultz, who is on Gilead's
    board, has sold more than $7 million worth of Gilead since the
    beginning of 2005.

    Another board member is the wife of former California Gov. Pete Wilson.

    "I don't know of any biotech company that's so politically
    well-connected," says analyst Andrew McDonald of Think Equity Partners
    in San Francisco.

    What's more, the federal government is emerging as one of the world's
    biggest customers for Tamiflu. In July, the Pentagon ordered $58
    million worth of the treatment for U.S. troops around the world, and
    Congress is considering a multi-billion dollar purchase. Roche expects
    2005 sales for Tamiflu to be about $1 billion, compared with $258
    million in 2004.

    Rumsfeld recused himself from any decisions involving Gilead when he
    left Gilead and became Secretary of Defense in early 2001. And late
    last month, notes a senior Pentagon official, Rumsfeld went even
    further and had the Pentagon's general counsel issue additional
    instructions outlining what he could and could not be involved in if
    there were an avian flu pandemic and the Pentagon had to respond.

    As the flu issue heated up early this year, according to the Pentagon
    official, Rumsfeld considered unloading his entire Gilead stake and
    sought the advice of the Department of Justice, the SEC and the
    federal Office of Government Ethics.

    Those agencies didn't offer an opinion so Rumsfeld consulted a private
    securities lawyer, who advised him that it was safer to hold on to the
    stock and be quite public about his recusal rather than sell and run
    the risk of being accused of trading on insider information, something
    Rumsfeld doesn't believe he possesses. So he's keeping his shares for
    the time being.


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    By the time the H5N1 alters to take on the qualities of person-to-person infection, the tamiflu won't be worth a dime to consumers (but plenty to shareholders). The federal govt is not only one of the world's biggest customers for Tamiflu, it's also the world's biggest customer for WMDs.
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    PETA Uses Bird Flu to Promote Cause

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    November 09, 2005 6:14 PM EST

    WASHINGTON - Vegetarian groups are trying to use Asian bird flu to drive a wedge between people and the meat on their dinner plates.

    People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) staged a small demonstration on Wednesday outside Agriculture Department headquarters with banners telling people, "Bird Flu Kills: Go Vegetarian."

    Three protesters wearing only underwear and flowers lay in cardboard coffins while people in chicken and turkey suits offered vegetarian starter-kit brochures to passers-by.

    Vegetarian groups argue that meatless diets would help eliminate poultry farms where the disease spreads. The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine is offering a similar vegetarian starter kit on its Web site.

    At a counterprotest near PETA's, a food industry-backed group accused PETA of lying.

    "Everyone - the Centers for Disease Control, the World Health Organization and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the U.N. - has said very plainly, you cannot get bird flu from eating cooked chicken. It's not possible," said Andrew Porter, spokesman for the group, the Center for Consumer Freedom.

    In the event that the flu strain affecting Asian countries does reach the U.S., KFC, also known as Kentucky Fried Chicken, is preparing television commercials to assure people that chicken is safe to eat if bird flu breaks out in its markets.

    National Chicken Council spokesman Richard Lobb said there is no reason for consumers to worry.

    "Even if we did have an outbreak, which is unlikely, it's going to be very limited," Lobb said. "And the number of birds involved will be very small."

    The U.S., which will produce 9.5 billion birds this year, prohibits imports of poultry from countries where there is bird flu.

    The virulent H5N1 bird flu strain has killed at least 63 people in Southeast Asia since 2003.
    "Everyone - the Centers for Disease Control, the World Health Organization and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the U.N. - has said very plainly, you cannot get bird flu from eating cooked chicken. It's not possible," said Andrew Porter, spokesman for the group, the Center for Consumer Freedom.
    Talk about totally missing the whole point.

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    A new study released by scientists in Hong Kong suggests young people could be at greater risk of contracting and dying from the H5N1 strain of bird flu. The scientists say their findings, published in the medical journal Respiratory Research, help to explain why the H5N1 bird flu virus kills so many healthy young adults.

    They say it causes a storm of immune system chemicals that overwhelm the patient.
    The study suggests that if the strain does cause a pandemic, being young and healthy could actually work against people who become infected. This may mean patients with H5N1 infections would need drugs that depress the immune response in addition to antivirals, a different treatment than previously thought effective.
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    some bird flu related comic relief from the chaser news desk:

    Bird flu scare may lead to chicken ban: KFC unaffected

    Monday, 17 October 2005

    Fast food giant KFC has reassured customers that even in the event of total contamination of the world’s chicken stocks by bird flu, its menu will remain safe. “Bird flu should be of no concern to anyone consuming KFC products” a spokesperson said. “Unless, of course, it can be spread to rabbits.”

    But KFC believe they have the crisis well in hand. “We’ve come a long way since the Colonel first came up with those eleven secret herbs and spices,” its website said. “Since then we’ve added thirty four secret preservatives and fats - at least, secret to the health inspectors.”

    The website advised customers who required further reassurance to simply dip their ‘chicken’ pieces in industrial-grade disinfectant before eating them. “Any of our four dipping sauces will be fine,” it said.

    The news has come as a great relief to the community. “KFC customers shouldn’t have to worry about dying from the bird flu,” said one fast food enthusiast. “They should die the old-fashioned way - from heart attacks.”

    The Department of Health has accepted KFC’s risk assessment, leaving unchanged its advisory that states that the only edible KFC product is its moist towelette.

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    I am just waiting for the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds to get involved........
    What chickens don't count? What about other wild migrating birds?

    Weird.

    http://www.rspb.org.uk/policy/avianinfluenza/index.asp

    Nice picture of a free roaming chook, but wait what's that got to do with anything? Bird Flu H5N1 probably originated in the factory farms of SE Asia.

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    Bird flu mutates as infections spread
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    November 14, 2005 - 3:42PM

    Bird flu may have infected two more people in Vietnam, where scientists say it has mutated into a more dangerous form which could spread in mammals.

    "There is much possibility that the disease spreading is due to improper quarantine of infected poultry and poultry products," Bui Quang Anh, head of the ministry's animal health department, said in an urgent message to provincial authorities.

    http://www.theage.com.au/news/world/...816855436.html

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    Absurd?

    'China to vaccinate 14bn poultry

    China has vowed to vaccinate all of its estimated 14 billion poultry to contain the spread of bird flu.
    In his announcement, Chief veterinary officer Jia Youling said all the fees would be covered by the government.'

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/asi...ic/4439080.stm

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    The prospect of a bird flu outbreak may be panicking people around the globe, but it's proving to be very good news for Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and other politically connected investors in Gilead Sciences, the California biotech company that owns the rights to Tamiflu, the influenza remedy that's now the most-sought after drug in the world.

    Read here http://money.cnn.com/2005/10/31/news...tune_rumsfeld/
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    'US reviews risks of Tamiflu after 12 children die
    By Jeremy Laurance, Health Editor
    Published: 18 November 2005

    The safety of Tamiflu, the anti-flu drug, has been questioned for the second time in a week following reports that it has been linked to the deaths of 12 children in Japan.'

    http://news.independent.co.uk/world/...icle327743.ece

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    Quote eve
    The prospect of a bird flu outbreak may be panicking people around the globe, but it's proving to be very good news for Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and other politically connected investors in Gilead Sciences, the California biotech company that owns the rights to Tamiflu, the influenza remedy that's now the most-sought after drug in the world.
    Are you serious!!! I was just about to pass on the conspiracy theory that that particular drug company was building the panic so that they could sell their drug. I actually thought that was quite possible - now i'm sure. Rax

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    Yes, it's no wonder the US is insisting that all these countries spend millions of dollars on tamiflu - good business for Rumsfield et al. Just today at a conference in Asia, the Australian PM agreed to give a million dollars towards the H5N1 affair.

    As to Kevster's quote re the 12 Chinese children whose deaths are apparently related to tamiflu - are those 12 (and perhaps others) included in the 68 humans who have died of avian flu?
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    I think that Tamiflu is used against many diffrent strains of flu. I don't think that Bird Flu was the target in this case. It just so happens there may be some side effects to Tamiflu that animal tests may not have shown up. Surprise?

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    BTW, I said that the Australian PM agreed to give a million dollars towards the H5N1 affair - that should have been $100 million.

    It makes me frustrated to think that there are two popular kindergartens here that are closing down because the govt says it can't afford the miserable thousands of dollars to keep it running for the women who really need them.
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    Weird.

    'Chicken dung used to feed fish may help spread bird flu
    By Michael McCarthy, Environment Editor
    Published: 28 December 2005

    Bird flu may be spread by using chicken dung as food in fish farms, a practice now routine in Asia, according to the world's leading bird conservation organisation.'

    http://news.independent.co.uk/enviro...icle335356.ece

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    'Second teenager dies in Turkey bird flu outbreak
    By Geneviève Roberts
    Published: 05 January 2006

    A second Turkish teenager who tested positive for bird flu died today, the semi-official Anatolia news agency reported.

    Turkey yesterday confirmed two human cases of bird flu, one of whom, a teenage boy, died on Sunday after developing pneumonia-like symptoms. His sister died in hospital early today, Anatolia reported.'

    http://news.independent.co.uk/europe/article336622.ece

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    'Britain urged not to panic after bird flu deaths in Turkey
    By Meriel Beattie in Ankara and Jude Sheerin
    Published: 06 January 2006

    A leading microbiologist urged the British public not to panic as bird flu crept closer to central Europe, with the deaths of three children in Turkey.'

    http://news.independent.co.uk/uk/hea...icle336777.ece

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    'It is thought likely that the children contracted the virus while playing with the heads of dead chickens infected with bird flu, he added.'

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/birdflu/st...680613,00.html

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    Girl Gets Bird Flu After Kissing Chicken

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    January 10, 2006 7:05 PM EST

    VAN, Turkey - Sumeyya Mamuk considered the chickens in her backyard to be beloved pets. The 8-year-old girl fed them, petted them and took care of them. When they started to get sick and die, she hugged them and tenderly kissed them goodbye. The next morning, her face and eyes were swollen and she had a high fever. Her father took her to a hospital, and five days later she was confirmed to have the deadly H5N1 strain of bird flu.

    "The chickens were sick. One had puffed up and she touched it. We told her not to. She loved chickens a lot," her father, Abdulkerim Mamuk, said of the second youngest of his eight children. "She held them in her arms."

    Her oldest brother, Sadun, said Sumeyya loved animals and took care of puppies and kittens in Van's Yalim Erez neighborhood.

    When her mother saw Sumeyya holding one of the dying chickens, she yelled at her and hit the girl to get her away.

    Sumeyya began to cry. She wiped her tears with the hand she'd been using to comfort the dying chicken.

    "She wiped her face," said her father, speaking in broken Turkish and wearing a leather jacket and a typical Kurdish headdress in their bright, clean home. "She started to swell. She had a really high fever."

    Following a few tense days when her family worried if she would recover, Summeya's condition has improved due to quick treatment with the antiviral drug Tamiflu, said Dr. Huseyin Avni Sahin, chief physician at the Van 100th Year Hospital.

    But at least two other children have died of the same virus in Turkey, and as of Tuesday, 15 people had tested positive for infection in preliminary tests. Many are children.

    The disease also appears to be spreading.

    In parts of the world where the virus has been deadly - until now only in East Asia - children like Summeya have been the worst hit.

    "It was the same in Asia," said Dr. Guenael Rodier, a scientist with the World Health Organization who has been chasing the virus around the world. "It mainly occurred in family clusters of small size, and mainly in children."

    Even if not animal lovers like Sumeyya, children in poor agricultural towns tend to be extremely comfortable with the animals they share their lives with. It has been particularly difficult to convince them that this proximity can now be dangerous.

    In Dogubayazit, the Turkish town near the Iranian border where most of the current cases originated, children usually outnumbered workers in trying to round up chickens for culling. Boys and girls led cows and sheep down the main streets. As adult out-of-towners fled from terrifying dogs that snarled from nearly every backyard, little local children giggled.

    As the H5N1 bird flu virus spreads, scientists monitoring it for fear it could mutate into a form easily transmissible among humans say education on its dangers is crucial to fighting it. Rodier said his organization was considering implementing a program aimed solely at rural children.

    "It's child behavior," he said. "They play with everything."

    As for Sumeyya, she is expected to be released from the hospital and join her family and her other pets - dogs, cats and cows - in the next few days.

    "She's gotten better," Sahin said. "In a few days, she'll be released."
    This story made me sad.

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    Just wondering what people think about the spread of bird 'flu. Presumably if all the chickens/ducks and the rest weren't kept for food/egg purposes, there wouldn't be a problem. Another case of humans causing grief with our planet.
    My hens are confined to their hen house again, they look really bored!

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    Have a read of the Bird Flu thread Jo.

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    Thanks, no, I didn't find that even though I spend much too much time trawling through all the interesting stuff. I'll read it after I've washed the floors! Can't post on it though....

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    Quote Jo
    Just wondering what people think about the spread of bird 'flu. Presumably if all the chickens/ducks and the rest weren't kept for food/egg purposes, there wouldn't be a problem. Another case of humans causing grief with our planet.
    My hens are confined to their hen house again, they look really bored!
    My understanding is that it is wild birds spreading this virus - poor scapegoats - I'm sure this would not be the global panic issue it is or seems to be ready to turn into without all the factory farming of birds..... just as worrying is the theory that we will ALL be compulsarily vaccinated if the UK is threatened - I tell you now they would have to hold me at gun point to get their evil animal tested poison into me - they'd have to catch me first of course.....!

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    I didn't think that there was enough vaccine anyway. There haven't been any postings on the main bird flu thread, I suppose there isn't much more to say....
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    I wish they would stop showing it on the news with no warning. It breaks my heart to see them treating those birds in that way. I've seen them putting birds that are clearly still alive into plastic bags. Sick sick sick!!!
    It's no shock there is bird flu the way they are kept in such disgusting conditions any infections or diseases are going to spread like wildfire, it was the same with foot and mouth.

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    Does anyone, except compassionate vegans, think about these poor birds affected by this virus? The human race seem to be obsessed with whatever it's going to affect THEM or not. It's all about how it affects humans directly, not about the animal suffering involved and the possible future implications for the eco-system in whole.
    "Animals are my friends... and I don't eat my friends". ~ George Bernhard Shaw.

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    Quote princessemma
    I wish they would stop showing it on the news with no warning. It breaks my heart to see them treating those birds in that way. I've seen them putting birds that are clearly still alive into plastic bags. Sick sick sick!!!
    It's no shock there is bird flu the way they are kept in such disgusting conditions any infections or diseases are going to spread like wildfire, it was the same with foot and mouth.
    I agree. I was casually flipping the channels and I stopped at the news channel. And all of a sudden, these men are stuffing live ducks into bags and dragging them off and throwing them on a back of a pick-up truck.
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    Best to read the newspapers for news rather than tv, that way you can decide what you want to know about. Even better, just read a good book, the news is generally just depressing stuff.

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    Check out this story from the BBC world service which talks about how migratory birds are being blamed for the spread of avian when the real problem is with the intensive farming of chickens.

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/4721598.stm
    Don't blame me for avian flu :(

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    Quote Jo
    Best to read the newspapers for news rather than tv, that way you can decide what you want to know about. Even better, just read a good book, the news is generally just depressing stuff.
    You're probably right. I just worry about what will happen if it reaches Britain though, I know lots of vegans disagree with keeping birds as pets but my mum has aviaries and pet chickens and I am concerned for them. We also have swans on our local pond and of course they are an endagered species and many of the geese and ducks there we have been feeding since they were babies. I have a soft spot for them, there are a couple of geese with a condition called 'angel wing' where the wing was deformed from birth so they can't fly south in the winter so I keep a special eye on these ones. The thought of someone sticking them into plastic bags and throwing them on the back of a lorry fills me with horror. I suppose to most 'omni's' this sounds insane but at least people on here know I'm not crazy.

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    I'm gunna be so upset if my dad has to kill our chickens =[[[[

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    I'm gunna be so upset if my dad has to kill our chickens =[[[[
    Hopefully it won't come to that. How many do you have. Piccies please!

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    Can your Mum shut the chickens in if needs be? The alternative could be worse if they decide that poultry must go in. I think it will happen, it is in force here again. The first time I had to shut my hens in at the end of last year I only had a small dark hen house. Luckily I have a wonderful caring husband who spent a whole weekend extending the house with a glass roof so it was lighter and bigger, then covering the entire run with small bird proof wire. They seem fine, I hang a cabbage up for them to 'play with' and eat.
    Everyone seems much more concerned about the likelihood of the virus affecting the population of 'food stuff' than the threat to all the beautiful wild birds out there. Actually, I believe that they can get immunity (hope so) to it but obviously can still pass it on. The number of poor creatures being killed (heard about the half mill. in a little place in India on the radio last night) is horrendous.
    As I said, I don't watch the news, all too much in my face.

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    Life is like a boomerang: What goes around comes around - "Karma"rocks!

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    'It is thought likely that the children contracted the virus while playing with the heads of dead chickens infected with bird flu, he added.'

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/birdflu/st...680613,00.html
    "playing" with the heads of dead chickens? That is so nasty.....

    I feel bad for all the chickens that will be killed "just in case" they were infected, just like they killed all those cows that "may have" been infected with mad cow.

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    Quote Tiggerwoo
    Hopefully it won't come to that. How many do you have. Piccies please!
    I had 5 until recently when one got attacked by a stupid farm dog who should have known better.. and the vet had to put her to sleep. So 4. I love themmm =]

    http://i9.photobucket.com/albums/a97...e/4a3888e9.jpg

    Theres a pic ^

    It sucks though, because they are in there.. they are only in there at night to protect them from foxes though, and there are nesting boxes at the other end.

    Have you ever seen a chicken running? Fooking funnnnnny =D

    Sorry to be all off topic and everything =P

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    Really?

    'Factory farming and the international poultry trade are largely responsible for the spread of bird flu, and wild birds are being unfairly blamed for the disease, a new report says.'

    http://news.independent.co.uk/enviro...icle347790.ece

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    What?

    'Locked-up birds in flu outbreak will still be sold as free range

    Jonathan Leake and Matthew Campbell
    BRITAIN has stepped up preparations for an outbreak of avian flu with rules allowing free-range and organic poultry farmers to confine their flocks in sheds without losing their premium status.'

    http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article...059461,00.html

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    croatian government declare statewide prohibition of bird-shooting. declared reasons are that shooting on birds disturb flocks and encurage stress situations, moving and mixing of birds. some good out of bad situation.
    http://www.prijatelji-zivotinja.hr/index.en.php

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    cute!!!!
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    'Deadly bird flu strain found in cat in Germany
    By David Rising, Germany
    Published: 28 February 2006

    The H5N1 strain of bird flu was confirmed today in a cat in Germany, the first time it has been positively identified in a mammal in Europe, the World Health Organization said.

    The cat was found dead over the weekend on the Baltic Sea island of Ruegen, where most of Germany's more-than 100 cases of H5N1-infected wild birds have been found, said Thomas Mettenleiter, leader of the Friedrich Loeffler institute lab.'

    http://news.independent.co.uk/europe/article348326.ece

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    [quote=Kevster]'Deadly bird flu strain found in cat in Germany
    By David Rising, Germany
    Published: 28 February 2006

    Yes, I heard this also. I believe the cat was near the infected swan. Also, a lot of other cats in Asia, I believe, were also infected. As cats wander and hunt, I suppose it's a question of people who live in the danger areas should keep their cats under control for the forseeable future to make sure they don't eat anything suspicious, or walk on infected faeces. What do you all think of 'the tony blair' not allowing vaccination?

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    Haven't read too much about vaccination, but i find it a bit strange that in France they're vaccinating chickens and ducks to 'protect' them from bird flu, and then they're sending them to the slaughterhouse, that's absurd.

    'Pets dumped amid bird flu fears
    A wildlife rescue centre says pet birds are being dumped by their owners due to fears over Avian flu. Warwickshire Wildlife Sanctuary, in Nuneaton, has had 12 birds, including budgies, cockatiels and love birds, left in its care in the past week.

    Owner Geoff Grewcock said the centre does not usually receive domestic birds unless their owners die or are unwell.

    He said people leaving their pets tell him it is due to bird flu, but he said they are panicking unnecessarily.'

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/c...re/4768742.stm

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    Quote Kevster
    Haven't read too much about vaccination, but i find it a bit strange that in France they're vaccinating chickens and ducks to 'protect' them from bird flu, and then they're sending them to the slaughterhouse, that's absurd.
    Ah, but that's probably because they want to protect humans.
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    If that's the case and bird flu is over here then don't go and watch V for Vendetta at the local cinema, you will get paranoid!
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