Ducks are culled in farms across southwest France after 89 outbreaks of the highly contagious H5N8 bird flu virus are reported. Rough cut (no reporter narration).
EDITORS PLEASE NOTE: THIS EDIT CONTAINS GRAPHIC IMAGES ROUGH CUT. NO REPORTER NARRATION. Thousands of ducks were culled across three regions of France most affected by a severe bird flu outbreak on Friday (January 6), as the country attempts to contain the virus which has been spreading quickly over the past month. All free range ducks, as well as geese, were to be slaughtered between January 5 and approximately January 20 in an area in southwestern France comprising parts of the Gers, Landes and Hautes-Pyrenees administrative departments, the agriculture ministry said in a statement on Thursday (January 5). On a farm in Latrille in the Lande department on Friday, workers wearing protective clothes and masks could be seen culling ducks by placing them in an asphyxiating machine. France, which has the largest poultry flock in the European Union, has reported 89 outbreaks of the highly contagious H5N8 bird flu virus so far, a majority of which are in the Gers. Some 800,000 of the birds, out of a total population of around 18 million in the whole of the southwest, will be culled in the coming week, Marie-Pierre Pe from foie gras makers group CIFOG told Reuters.