Live poultry market ban will be permanent
Live poultry markets will be a thing of the past for
Beijing, China, with the Municipal Bureau of Agriculture stating that the city
will ban live poultry markets permanently.
It is believed that the permanent bans are aimed at reducing the risk of
spreading poultry diseases such as bird
The live markets have been banned in Beijing since last November, when
several outbreaks of bird flu were confirmed in neighboring provinces like
Liaoning and Inner Mongolia.
According to the bureau, the move is part of its effort to comply with a
newly-issued document by the State Council that calls for gradually moving live
poultry markets away from urban areas in a renewed effort to combat bird
In June 2006, an official announcement stated that the trade could be
resumed as long as live poultry markets or shops were certified by veterinary
inspection agencies. But according to the bureau, none of the shops have been
Scientists from Chinese Academy of Sciences
say poultry rearing and trade play
a role in the spread of bird flu, and restricting the number of live poultry
markets is essential to control the disease.
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