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Date published: 2007/01/11

The BBC says:

The trade in wild birds is to be permanently banned across the European Union starting in July, EU animal health officials have decided.

The move will replace a temporary ban imposed by Brussels in 2005 as part of measures to prevent outbreaks of the deadly H5N1 strain of bird flu.

Animal welfare campaigners say the permanent ban will save millions of birds, including many rare species.

Only captive-bred birds from approved countries will be allowed into the EU.

Tighter controls on the health and quarantine of imported birds are also to be imposed.

This will have little or no impact on public health, that is a complete red herring. It might do some good for saving rare species, but unless the rest of the world follows suit, and unless the ban is enforced in source countries (where documents can of course be forged), even that impact will be minimal.

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