France Culls over 13m Birds due to Bird Flu

The Ministry of Agriculture, Agrifood, and Forestry reported that the number of culled poultry has reached more than 13 million since the outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) in France.

An unnamed ministry said that cullings had increased since the virus spread to places with large poultry-producing regions.

According to separate data released by the ministry, there has been a recorded number of 1,244 outbreaks of HPAI in cattle, 45 cases in animals, and 24 cases in backyards as of April 11, 2022.

The number of outbreaks was an increase by more than 10% in just eight days.

Last month, French Agriculture Minister Julien Denormandie has announced that it has allowed some farmers to kill their poultry by asphyxia in order to stop the further spread of bird flu in France.

Denormandie clarified though that this will apply in some cases when it is considered “the only solution to avoid situations where you have animals dying during several hours or several days.”

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