Swedish homing pigeons

Homing Pigeon Owners Object to Bird Flu Restrictions

Restrictions introduced to stop the spread of bird flu to Sweden have upset the Swedish Homing Pigeon Association.

After dead swans infected with avian influenza were found a German island in the Baltic last week, the Swedish authorities ordered all tame birds in this country to be kept indoors. The homing pigeon owners club objects, and is asking the Agriculture Ministry to give permission for their birds to exercise outdoors daily.

Since the discovery of bird flu in the Baltic not far from Sweden, the agriculture authorities here have received more than one thousand phone calls, mostly from worried pet owners. The Swedish Board of Agriculture has set up a telephone hotline as well as a special e-mail service to answer questions about bird flu.

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