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(IN) Use humane methods to cull birds, pleads animal rights group

NEW DELHI: With thousands of birds to be culled in the northeastern part of the country due to fears of bird flu, an animal rights group has urged the government to use humane methods for the culling.

Animal rights group Humane Society has sent a letter in this connection to Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar, Environment Minister Jayanthi Natarajan and Meghalaya Deputy Chief Minister BM Lanong.

"The World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), of which India is a member, is the intergovernmental authority responsible for improving animal health worldwide. It has developed standards and procedures for the culling of animals during disease control operations," the group said in a letter.

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