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France to cull 600,000 more ducks as fights bird flu virus

BORDEAUX, FRANCE: France will cull a further 600,000 ducks as part of efforts to prevent a spread of the H5N8 bird flu virus, the country's farming minister Stephane Le Foll said on Tuesday. The latest cull will take place in the Landes region of southwest France, which is home to the most of the country's foie gras producers. "We have already culled a lot of ducks in the eastern bit of that area. We know that there is still an area remaining where we will have to take action to cull all the ducks," Le Foll told the…

France launches mass duck cull to stem bird flu spread

PARIS: Authorities in southwest France began a cull of hundreds of thousands of ducks Thursday as the government scrambles to contain an outbreak of a virulent strain of bird flu sweeping Europe. The farm birds in France's foie gras heartland are to be slaughtered to stem the spread of the highly pathogenic H5N8 virus. Several culls have already taken place since December, dealing a blow to producers of foie gras -- a controversial delicacy made from the livers of ducks and geese after force-feeding -- in the run-up to…

WATCH: ‘20,000’ ducks cross the road in amazingly perfect formation

BEIJING: An amazing video from China is making rounds on the internet showing thousands – some say 20,000 – crossing a road in perfect formation along the zebra crossing. And the moment certainly stunned motorists and other on-lookers. The exact location of the video in China could not be ascertained. In the clip, the ducks begin marching across the crossing as motorists are halted. Long lines of traffic can be seen disappearing into the distance. According to Metro, one viewer commented: "How is it that a…