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South Korea to kill cats and dogs over bird flu fears

 
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South Korea to kill cats and dogs over bird flu fears
South Korea to kill cats and dogs over bird flu fears
27/11/2006 - 09:58:03

South Korea plans to kill cats and dogs to try to prevent the spread of bird flu after an outbreak of the deadly H5N1 virus at a chicken farm last week, officials said today.

Animal health experts, however, suggested it was “a bit of an extreme measure” when there was no definitive scientific evidence to suggest that cats or dogs could pass the virus to humans.

Quarantine officials have already killed 125,000 chickens within a 1,650-foot radius of the outbreak site in Iksan, about 155 miles south of Seoul, the Agriculture Ministry said.

Officials began slaughtering poultry yesterday, a day after they confirmed that the outbreak was caused by the H5N1 strain.

They plan to slaughter a total of 236,000 poultry, as well as an unspecified number of other animals, including pigs, and all dogs and cats in the area by Thursday, the ministry said. About six million eggs also will be destroyed, it said.

Slaughtering cats and dogs near an area infected with bird flu would be highly unusual in Asia.

Indonesia has killed pigs in the past, but most countries concentrate solely on destroying poultry.

However, it would not be the first time for South Korea to kill cats and dogs due bird flu concerns. An official at the Agriculture Ministry said South Korea had slaughtered cats and dogs along with 5.3 million birds during the last known outbreak of bird flu in 2003.

Another ministry official, Kim Chang-sup, insisted killing cats and dogs to curtail the spread of bird flu was not an unusual practice.

“Other countries do it. They just don’t talk about it,” Kim said, adding that all mammals are potentially subject to the virus and that South Korea is just trying to take all possible precautionary measures.

He declined to comment further.







However, animal experts disputed the validity in culling cats and dogs.

“It’s highly unusual, and it’s not a science-based decision,” said Peter Roeder, a Rome-based animal health expert with the UN’s Food and Agricultural Organisation or FAO, who published research about cats and bird flu earlier this year in the journal Nature. “We’ve got absolutely no reason to believe they’re important,” he said.

Dr Jeff Gilbert, an animal health expert at the FAO in Vietnam, described South Korea’s plan as “a bit of an extreme measure”.

He said dogs and cats have been known to occasionally become infected, but they pose little risk to humans and that in most cases, the animal has contracted the virus through eating infected poultry.

Tigers and snow leopards in a Thailand zoo died in 2003 and 2004 after being fed infected chicken carcasses. Earlier this year, a few domestic cats tested positive for the virus in Europe.

The H5N1 virus began ravaging Asian poultry stocks in late 2003 and has killed at least 153 people worldwide.

So far, the disease remains hard for people to catch, and most human cases have been traced to contact with infected birds. But experts fear it will mutate into a form that is easily spread among people, possibly creating a pandemic that could kill millions.

South Korea has also been hit by a low-grade strain of bird flu that is not harmful to humans.

North Korea, meanwhile, has stepped up prevention measures, by inoculating poultry and closely monitoring migratory birds, the country’s official Korean Central News Agency reported Monday.

Bird flu hit North Korea early last year, prompting the slaughter of about 210,000 chickens and other poultry. No new cases of bird flu have since been reported.





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Re: South Korea to kill cats and dogs over bird flu fears
DONT THESE M@##$#@%^ F@##$$%$@@R'S realize that continually waging war on different parts of Earth is going to solve nothing. Not only is it not going to solve anything its going to make a bad situation worse. There is too much pain in the air. There is too much fear in that air and when you kill and burn something all that pain goes into the air and land and all around us and YES pain and fear breeds disease.

Ever notice that after every war or even during war diseases spread and become really nasty. Just like after ww one with the Spanish flu. Killed more people than the black death of Europe.
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Re: South Korea to kill cats and dogs over bird flu fears
It was just a matter of time. Let's see, cows, horses, fish, spinach, pigs, birds, dogs, cats, what else? Is there like a conspiracy to restock these animals with cloned hybrids for Monsanto? You will have to replenish you pets every year with new stock from Mansanto because they have the terminator gene. lmao
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11/27/2006 04:41 PM
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Re: South Korea to kill cats and dogs over bird flu fears
don't forget we're mammals, too
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11/27/2006 04:42 PM
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Re: South Korea to kill cats and dogs over bird flu fears
gads...this will encourage the rat population.
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Re: South Korea to kill cats and dogs over bird flu fears
It was just a matter of time. Let's see, cows, horses, fish, spinach, pigs, birds, dogs, cats, what else? Is there like a conspiracy to restock these animals with cloned hybrids for Monsanto? You will have to replenish you pets every year with new stock from Mansanto because they have the terminator gene. lmao
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You know what. I bet you that is what they are thinking. Genetically engineered animals for all of us. I would rather see this world come to an end rather than live in that kind of world.

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