Diary of decisions

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 10 June, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 10 June, 2010, 12:00am

1997: H5N1 bird flu jumps species barrier for first time, infecting 18 people; six die. All 1.54 million farmed poultry culled.

2001: Second outbreak among poultry in wet markets; 1.37 million birds culled.

2002: Outbreak on chicken farms; 919,000 birds culled.

December 2002 to mid-2003: Wild fowl in Penfold Park, Sha Tin, die of H5N1, which spreads to farms; poultry at affected farms culled.

2003: Donald Tsang Yam-kuen, as chief secretary, lists a central slaughterhouse for poultry as a priority.

2004: The government offers compensation to chicken vendors if they are willing to surrender their licences.

2006: The government announces a central poultry slaughterhouse will be built in Sheung Shui and will be operational in 2009 at the earliest.

2008: The government says central slaughtering facilities will be scaled down. A second round of buybacks of chicken-vendor licences begins.