Live poultry market closes in Beijing
An official from the Beijing Municipal Agriculture
Bureau announced that Beijing will be not be re-opening the live poultry market
which was closed in November 2005, after the city was hit with Avian influenza.
Although bird flu had stopped raging for a while, the Beijing municipal
government never mentioned, until now, whether the ban would be lifted. In June
of this year, the Beijing
Municipal Agriculture Bureau
sent a notification, saying that Beijing could
resume its live poultry trade in the market under limited conditions.
According to the notification, any markets or stalls that sell live fowls
in the city should first obtain permission from the animal disease control
centre in their districts and obtain related certificates. However, no stalls in
Beijing had ever applied for such certificates and live poultry transaction had
In a recently-issued document, the State Council urged big cities in China
to gradually call off the killing and sales of live fowls in the market. It said
that fowls should be killed at certain designated spots before they can be put
on sale in the market. Based on this document, Beijing municipal government
decided to close its live poultry trade market permanently.
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