French authorities gas thousands of ducks after bird flu outbreaks

Workers continue planned cull of 800,000 birds in south-west France to prevent spread of H5N8 virus

Workers wearing masks and protective clothes have gassed thousands of ducks in south-west France, in a massive cull that was ordered in an attempt to prevent a spread of the H5N8 bird flu virus.

At one farm in the village of Latrille, in the heartland of duck and geese rearing country, 8,000 ducks were taken by hand and put in coloured metal containers where carbon dioxide was piped in to kill them, normally within seconds.

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Source: Onlineafric

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