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Environmental protection minister signs order banning hunting to stem bird flu

Sue Surkes is The Times of Israel's environment reporter.

In this Tuesday Jan. 21, 2014, file photo, slaughtered chickens are displayed for sale at a wholesale poultry market in Shanghai. (AP Photo, File)
In this Tuesday Jan. 21, 2014, file photo, slaughtered chickens are displayed for sale at a wholesale poultry market in Shanghai. (AP Photo, File)

Environmental Protection Minister Tamar Zandberg signs an order banning hunting until the end of the current season, at the end of January, to help stem the spread of bird flu, which has already killed thousands of wild cranes and domestic birds and brought about the culling of hundreds of thousands of egg-laying chickens.

Acting head of the Israel Nature and Parks Authority, Raya Shourky, thanks Zandberg, saying that the virus has been known to spread to other species, such as cats, weasels and pigs and, on rare occasions, even humans.

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