Bans on Bird Hunting in Growing number of Countries


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TIZReporter
November 23, 2005, 11:00 AM
There may not be any scientific reasons behind these bans on bird hunting in this growing list of countries, but it is certainly worth noting.

There are also bans on waterfowl hunting in Turkey enacted.

The first item, in Iran which includes a ban on wild boar hunting is interesting, but does express how bans can expand, without any sound research or science behind them.

http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/L02644797.htm

LONDON, November 2 (IranMania) - Iran's Environmental Protection Organisation has banned bird and wild fowl hunting in the north of the country in a bid to prevent the spread of bird flu, Iranian media said.
The reports said religious minorities have also been temporarily barred from hunting wild boars, which are found in northern Iran's forest and mountains, AFP reported.

http://www.iranmania.com/News/ArticleView/Default.asp?NewsCode=37295&NewsKind=Current%20Affairs


SAGADA, Mt. Province (27 October) -- Local officials temporarily banned "ikik" or bird hunting in this town for fear of catching migratory birds that could be carriers of the bird flu virus.

Sangguniang Bayan Resolution No. 48-05 prohibits all forms of bird hunting particularly "ikik" in the municipality of Sagada for 10 months starting August 2005 to May 2006.

http://www.pia.gov.ph/news.asp?fi=p051027.htm&no=28



Armenia bans bird hunting trying to prevent bird flu

15:31 2005-10-27
Armenia will ban bird hunting as of next week in an effort to prevent the spread of bird flu in the country, according to the Environment Ministry.

Hunting is usually prohibited from Dec. 31, but the government moved the date forward to Tuesday to coincide with the winter migration of wild birds southward.

There have been no known cases of bird flu in Armenia, though the government is working on preventative measures, Agriculture Minister David Lokian told parliament.

In the meantime Armenia has suspended poultry imports from Russia, Romania, Turkey, Iran and Southeast Asia - where bird flu has either been found or suspected.

"The measures taken to prevent the appearance and spread of this disease in Armenia are very effective, and the population can calmly consume poultry and eggs," the AP quoted ministry adviser Anushavan Agadzhanian as saying.

http://newsfromrussia.com/world/2005/10/27/66364.html


AGRICULTURE Minister Zsolt Simon on Sunday imposed a ban on bird hunting in Slovakia, apart from organised culls of wild birds aimed at monitoring the spread of bird flu, the TASR news wire reported.
Simon also banned poultry and other bird shows in response to concerns over the bird flu virus, which has been found recently in Turkey, Romania, Britain and Croatia after spreading from the far east. The Agriculture Ministry has also banned all racing-pigeon competitions in Slovakia.

Owners of poultry have been ordered to restrict contact between wild and domestic birds by moving their stock into buildings or protecting them with nets.

http://www.slovakspectator.sk/clanok.asp?cl=21379


ROSTOV-ON-DON, November 23 (RIA Novosti) - A suspected outbreak of bird flu has hit the Astrakhan Region in southern Russian, a local official said Wednesday.

The spokesman said that quarantine had not yet been imposed, as bird flu must still be confirmed in the blood of two dead swans. However, he added that the regional authorities had banned duck hunting.

http://en.rian.ru/russia/20051123/42183239.html



TIZ

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Chrontius
November 23, 2005, 11:38 AM
Re: wild boars: Pigs are a common source of new flu strains in the far east; with regards to bird flu, they're capable of catching simultaneously a bird-native bird flu and a human-native human flu, resulting in gene exchange between the two viruses, producing genetically novel strains adapted to the cell markers that pigs and humans share.

Net result = bird flu in humans that spreads like wildfire and has a 50% mortality rate. Not a bad call in my mind. :what:

TIZReporter
November 23, 2005, 11:42 AM
Re: wild boars: Pigs are a common source of new flu strains in the far east; with regards to bird flu, they're capable of catching simultaneously a bird-native bird flu and a human-native human flu, resulting in gene exchange between the two viruses, producing genetically novel strains adapted to the cell markers that pigs and humans share.

Net result = bird flu in humans that spreads like wildfire and has a 50% mortality rate. Not a bad call in my mind. :what:

Can you quote a scientific study that backs up a ban on bird hunting will reduce risk from Bird Flu?

TIZ

Dr.Rob
November 23, 2005, 02:58 PM
anyone else read last weeks report that US Fish and Game plans to cut the Canada Goose population by 1/3 over the next ten years?

Primarily by HUNTING.

TIZReporter
November 23, 2005, 03:41 PM
Allowing increased hunting will help.

In northern Canada, the snow geese have literally experienced a population explosion. They are literally eating themselves out of 'house and home' along the tundra bordering Hudson's Bay.

Increased hunting is a solution that could work.

Experts are telling people that eating cooked chicken will not pose a threat from Bird Flu, but some countries are banning hunging of gamebirds and migratory birds.

As the ramifications of steel shot continue to lead to reductions in hunter numbers in North America who hunt migratory game birds, we are seeing huge problems from increased populations of some species.

Sound science is vital to making public policy decisions.

That it is not, that is a problem.

TIZ

El Tejon
November 24, 2005, 11:24 AM
So, we fear birds but government acts to increase their number?:confused:

The morons in government cannot save us. The morons in government are, well, morons.:D

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