Mass chicken slaughter going ahead
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has announced that another 275,000 chickens will be destroyed in the Abbotsford area in an effort to control the spread of the Avian flu.
Calling the move a drastic measure, the CFIA made the announcement in the Fraser Valley city on Wednesday afternoon.
- INDEPTH: Avian flu
The birds are within a five-kilometre "hot zone", where the first outbreak was discovered earlier this month.
Since then, birds on five farms within that zone have become infected, and more than 90,000 chickens have been gassed.
- FROM MAR. 23, 2004: Chickens slaughtered at two more farms
Now, birds on 10 more farms will be killed , and 33 smaller flocks will also be destroyed.
CFIA spokesperson Cornelius Kiley says it may well be one of the biggest bird depopulation measures in Canadian history - but says it's necessary.
"This action is intended to contain further disease spread, by eliminating the pool of infection and susceptible birds in the high-risk region."
Kiley says farmers will be compensated for the loss of their birds.
He adds that once the birds are destroyed, the farms will undergo a rigorous decontamination process to prevent the spread of the virus from other infected material.
The farms will be eligible to restock in 21 days.