Avian show axed due to bird flu ban

The Herald - - NEWS -

ONE of Scot­land’s largest bird shows has been can­celled af­ter the Gov­ern­ment’s de­ci­sion to ex­tend re­stric­tions over avian flu.

Pee­bles Poul­try Show, in the Bor­ders, ex­pected about 1,500 en­tries on Fe­bru­ary 26 but or­gan­is­ers have now con­firmed it will not go ahead.

Hazel Dick­son, from Pee­bles and Dis­trict Poul­try and Ban­tam Club, said: “We apol­o­gise sin­cerely for the dis­ap­point­ment and has­sle this will cause. We feel we have no choice but to can­cel.”

The Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment an­nounced last month that all poul­try and cap­tive birds must be kept in­doors, af­ter an Europewide alert over avian in­fluenza.

The ini­tial re­stric­tions were for 30 days but the dis­cov­ery of wild birds with the H5N8 strain in Scot­land, Eng­land and Wales has led to the ban con­tin­u­ing. Last week it was con­firmed it would re­main un­til the end of Fe­bru­ary, at the ear­li­est.

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