Ghana kills thousands of chickens after bird flu outbreak

Chickens stuck in cages laying eggs
Chicken farm, photo: Idmanjoe via Canva

Ghana killed 4,500 chickens and restricted the movement of birds after nearly 6,000 birds died of the highly pathogenic H5N1 bird flu, the country’s veterinary services director said on Saturday.

The birds came from seven farms in Accra, Central and Volta regions, and transporting birds from those regions has been banned, veterinary director Patrick Abakeh told Reuters.

Ghana has also suspended bird imports from Togo, Niger, Burkina Faso, Nigeria, Mauritania and Senegal as a precaution, Abakeh said. Last month, Togo killed thousands of birds after an H5N1 outbreak.

Governments all over the world are mass killing animals as a solution for bird flu outbreaks at farms.

Animal rights organizations have long advised reconsidering the whole farming industry to prevent animal diseases from jumping to humans.

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