I absolutely agree with Jerry! Sometimes man has to fix the mess he got himself into. We had that same thing happen here in Santa Clarita, when END hit Southern California back in 2001. All of the birds at one of our local parks were put down, including a 25+ year old Tom turkey (who they later found out was a carrier). One feed store that had been in business for over 50 years is no longer open.
What really bothers me about this story, however, is the following:
350 birds were shipped. Of these 350, only 8 had died. The article didn't say if they died in transit or were they in quarantine? This is going to sound harsh, but looking at this from a strictly business viewpoint, losing 8 of your 350 pieces of merchandise (and that's what these birds were) is less than a 2.5% loss. Not bad when you're shipping live merchandise. Now, if there was such a bad case of this flu, why weren't these birds tested. Without the test, there is no way of knowing WHAT these little guys died from. Maybe not enough food. Maybe not enough water. Maybe they weren't strong enough for the trip. Lots and lots of things could have gone wrong. But, without a test, putting them down like this just seems wrong.
The article goes on to say
The Philippines has reported no cases so far.
I believe that an ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure, but wouldn't it be nice to know if you NEED the prevention to begin with.
The colorful birds were confiscated and killed on Monday after the Department of Agriculture ordered them destroyed because the shipment lacked a proper import permit
So, they were destroyed because of paperwork, not the flu?!?!?
We may never know the REAL reason for them being put down, but it still saddens me.