Defra has taken immediate action to prevent the spread of infection after the recent bird flu outbreak, including introducing a ten kilometer restriction zone around the Yorkshire based farm.

Pekin Duck waddling through field © RSPCAAccording to reports, DEFRA have identified the flu strain as the H5 virus, but they don’t believe it’s the H5N1 strain which poses more of a risk to human health.

The measures taken at present appear to be proportionate to the current risk and according to agreed protocols.

Our farm animal scientist, Dr Marc Cooper, said:

“It’s important to keep this news in proportion.


“At the present time, one duck breeding flock has been identified with the disease in the UK and it appears that appropriate biosecurity measures have been put in place to prevent the spread of infection. We don’t yet have the full details of how this outbreak occurred.


“We’re keen to know how the birds are being culled and expect this to be conducted in a well considered, swift and humane way.”

We’ve previously worked with the government, providing animal welfare advice on such outbreaks and have been involved in the endemic livestock disease contingency planning.

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