Ban on Live Poultry Sales to Continue for Ten More Days

Ban on Live Poultry Sales to Continue for Ten More DaysAnother ban on live poultry sales was implemented after the previous 10 day ban that ended Friday, still live poultry sales are seen in the Shenzhen as another case of H7N9 birdflu infection was been reported. This will be the second time in winter that the city implemented a ban on live poultry sales because of the worsening H7N9 bird flu. Also no government department declared responsibility on implementing the ban or creating plans to compensate sellers that stop selling live poultry

The ban will last for ten days and is announced by the city health commission but enacted by other departments namely trade and information technology commission an=or the market supervision commission. But the director of the city trade and information technology commission denied that the commission is in charge of anything that is related to the ban or on the compensation plan. And a spokesperson for the market supervision commission also aid that he is not sure who in charge as the departments were rearranged last year.

A majority of private sellers are taking advantage of the disorganization and inefficiency to continue to sell live poultry. While some wholesalers complained that the notice of the new ban is too late as it was announced Friday after the last day of the previous ban and they have purchased live poultry to prepare for sales as they anticipated the lifting of the ban by Saturday. Statistics showed that a live poultry market in Buji Hongsheng has at least 200,000 live birds stalled for sales and these vendors will suffer loses if they don’t sell them.

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