As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Sunday, 11 March 2018

Bulgarian Government Agency Kills 100 Birds, Including One from a Protected Species


Recently, the border guards at Dunav Most, Bulgaria, confiscated a large illegal shipment of animals. The creatures were then transported to the quarantine zone of the Sofia Zoo. Some of them were from rare species, one of which was protected. Problems began to arise. The Bulgarian Food Safety Agency caused a controversy after its employees killed more than 100 of the confiscated birds at Sofia’s Zoo. According to them, the animals were sick and had to be put down.

A necessary step or needless cruelty?

The action was taken out of fear that the animals were indeed infected with Avian influenza (bird flu.) A representative from the Bulgarian NGO “Four Paws” said: “This is the only comment that can be made regarding their [BFSA’s] actions. Several normative acts of Bulgarian law were broken.”

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