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From an item on Xinhua headlined “UN: Migratory birds not major cause of flu transmission”


Dr. Vincent Martin, an official with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (UNFAO), said the spread of bird flu is mainly the result of the world’s fast and unregulated development of animal production to meet the increased demand for animal protein.

Marco Barbieri, executive secretary of Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) of the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), said the spread of bird flu receives a lot of attention in the media yet there remains widespread misunderstanding of the issue.

Misinformation has led to wild birds being automatically blamed, the official said. “This creates political pressure for ill-advised and disproportionate policies such as the culling or harassment of wild birds and the destruction of wetland habitats.”

– misinformation such as the silly Domenech et al paper [just on CDC site; I’ve posted to thread here that’s kind of themed FAO vs wild birds] I suppose.

On the role of wild birds in transmission of the bird flu, Barbieri said it is clear that trade in domestic poultry has been a crucial factor, even in transmitting avian influenza over long distances and across continents.

UN: Migratory birds not major cause of flu transmission