Friday, July 06, 2007

UK bans pigeon racing from France after bird flu

LONDON (Reuters) - International pigeon racing from continental Europe to Britain has been banned after H5N1 was discovered in wild birds in France, the Environment Agency said.

Domestic racing will be allowed to continue, Chief Veterinary Officer Debby Reynolds said.

But racing from continental mainland Europe, including the Channel Islands, has been banned as a precautionary measure.

Reynolds said: “Given the current period of uncertainty about avian influenza in Europe and the possibility that further spread may occur, a precautionary approach is being taken based on ornithological and veterinary advice.”

Bird flu story source: Reuters

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