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There will be no shooting of migratory birds in Russia as a measure to ward off avian flu
There will be no shooting of migratory birds in Russia as a measure to ward off avian flu, the general director of the Center for Wildlife Protection said at a news conference on Tuesday referring to instructions by the Rospotrebnadzor consumer rights watchdog. “If we shoot off birds, we shall trigger an unpredictable scenario of the epidemic with our own hands,” Alexei Zimenko said. “Birds will start looking for quieter areas, while dead or wounded birds will be a pray of predators and crows,” he added. This will only contribute to the spread of the epidemic, the specialist emphasized. Besides, the shooting operation would be very costly, he said. The president of the Russian Union for Bird Protection, Viktor Zubakin, told the news conference that “ornithologists advise not to open a wild fowl hunting season this year”. “One can contract the virus when disjointing fowl,” he stressed. According to the Ministry for Emergency Situations, about 1.5 million domestic birds have already died of bird flu in Russia. Alone 752,000 of them have died in February and early in March. A mass arrival of migratory birds is expected later. These days, Russians are buying half as much poultry meat as earlier. A mass vaccination of chickens, ducks and geese will begin in Russia on March 10.
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