The great means. The government promised, Friday, January 8, to speed up the slaughter of ducks in the Landes to speed up the avian flu virus that is raging there and preserve the neighboring departments. Already, “more than 600,000 ducks” have been euthanized in France since a first source of contamination was spotted in early December in the South West, said Agriculture Minister Julien Denormandie during a trip to Mont-de-Marsan.
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“We are accelerating” the implementation of slaughtering, he added, while professionals in foie gras ask the State to deploy more human resources in the field to accelerate the fight against the epizootic. Hundreds of thousands more ducks will have to be slaughtered, the minister said. “Today the Landes area is unfortunately doomed in the very short term. The challenge is to prevent this virus from reaching farms in Béarn and also in Gers”, said on RTL the director of the Cifog foie gras sector, Marie-Pierre Pé.
According to the latest figures from the ministry communicated to AFP, 127 outbreaks have been confirmed from French farms, including 119 in the Landes, more than double the number recorded a week ago. The other eight outbreaks are located in Hautes-Pyrénées (2), Pyrénées-Atlantiques (2), Vendée (2), Gers (1) and Deux-Sèvres (1).
Three outbreaks were also detected in November in pet shops in Corsica and Yvelines. The ministry also mentions “some low courses in Corsica”. “It is clear that we did not go fast enough”, said the minister, promising the doubling of slaughtering capacities from next week, to 160,000 palmipeds euthanized per day.