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October 24, 2006

Indonesia: Government to force city residents to cage fowls

Via the Jakarta Post: Govt to force city residents to cage fowls. Excerpt from a fairly long article:

The government plans to enact a law banning residents of cities from keeping free-roaming poultry, as part of its effort to curb the deadly bird flu virus, ministers said Friday.

"There will be a regulation that all poultry must be put inside cages, especially in urban areas," Agriculture Minister Anton Apriyantono told a news conference.

Officials will have the right to seize domestic fowls if they are found uncaged, he added.

He said the move is aimed at separating poultry from humans in residential areas to curtail the spread of the disease, which has claimed 55 lives in the archipelago.

Anton could not say when the ban would take effect, however, and said the plan needed to be further coordinated with other ministries, provincial administrators and the military.

Posted by dymaxion at October 24, 2006 10:43 PM

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