Sale ban expected to exempt pigeons
Pigeons will be exempted from an expected ban on the sale of most live poultry, Secretary for Environment and Food Lily Yam Kwan Pui-ying said yesterday.
Research is being carried out by the University of Hong Kong on pheasants, partridges and guinea fowl ahead of the likely ban on their live sale in several months. Mrs Yam said the consumption of the three kinds of poultry was 'very limited' and the impact of such a ban would be minimal. She said the live sale of pigeons had been found to be safe. Sale of live quails was banned on Monday.
For the year until mid-May, there were live sales of 580,000 pigeons, 1.76 million quails, 160,000 pheasants, 180,000 partridges and 93,000 guinea fowl.
Chief Secretary for Administration Donald Tsang Yam-kuen said the public's eating habits had to be reviewed after the recent bird flu outbreak.