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But group says ban should be made permanent to fully protect people and wildlife
China; trade; birds; ban; Wildlife Conservation Society; diseases
A group of scientists and veterinarians from the New York-based Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) today applauded China's decision to ban trade in wild birds to help prevent the spread of Avian Flu. But the group cautioned that to safeguard both people and wildlife fully, the measure should be made permanent.
Last week WCS issued a statement calling for the ban in wild birds throughout Asia, stating that closing wild bird markets would reduce the spread of Avian flu and a myriad of other infectious diseases. The markets needlessly place tens of thousands of wild and domestic birds in close quarters, allowing diseases to make the jump between wild animals, livestock, and ultimately humans.
Then on Feb. 10th, China's State Administration of Forestry issued an emergency notice banning the hunting, transport and sale of wild birds to prevent the spread of avian influenza. Forestry officials also announced a special campaign to crack down on the illegal hunting and sale of wild...