This Tuesday at the end of May, Thierry Vignolles, breeder force-feeding Mulard ducks intended to produce foie gras, is disappointed. "At this time of year, there had never been an episode of avian flu before," explains this professional who has been working for almost twenty years in Perquie (Landes), on the family farm. My 4200 ducklings under 5 weeks old will be euthanized. Bird flu has reached us. So much work for nothing. We did everything we could to avoid being affected: we sheltered the animals, we applied biosecurity measures... Since 2015 and the first episodes of bird flu in the Southwest, this is the fourth time we have been affected. It's hard mentally and economically to work intermittently." This is far from an isolated case. According to the Ministry of Agriculture, "the situation remains worrying three weeks after the appearance of the first two cases of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI), on May 4 and 5 in the...
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