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Hunted Canadian game birds get ban during holiday weekend

By David B. Strickland Poultry Times staff

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WASHINGTON — An announcement by the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service to place restrictions on game birds and waterfowl harvested in Canada on Sept. 2, at the beginning of the Labor Day holiday weekend, had some hunting organizations asking the big question — why?

In its alert, APHIS said, “Highly pathogenic avian influenza has been detected in both wild birds and poultry in Canada. (APHIS) and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency have a zoning agreement in place to reduce the movement restrictions for trade in poultry and poultry products. However, these zones do not apply to wildlife.”

The department. . .

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