On the burning of the birds: “we just did our job”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/12 July) —  “We just did our job.”

The Regional Avian Influenza Task Force merely implemented the rules provided by the country’s protection program and placed public safety over anything else when it burned around 270 heads of wildlife stock smuggled into the city from Indonesia this week, an official of the Protected Areas and Wildlife Bureau (PAWB) of the DENR said.

Leonilo Rivera, chief of PAWB Southeastern Mindanao admitted they did not test the stock if it was positive of the H5N1-strain of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) before exposing them to carbon dioxide and burning them using government incinerators.

He told MindaNews in an interview Thursday that the country’s rules against the spread of Avian flu is really strict and does not provide for testing first before disposal of confiscated stock from an Avian flu-infected country like Indonesia. Read the rest of the report on MindaNews.com.

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