Avian show axed due to bird flu ban
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.