The next time a group of people in Beijing gather to discuss the best way to roast a duck, they might want to make sure they're mixing with the right people. Pigeon fanciers and amateur singers should also be careful that they're not in the wrong club. This is because some associations involved in such activities have been closed by the Beijing authorities. Any activities by the groups have been declared illegal. Among the 51 organisations recently ordered closed by the Beijing Municipal Civil Affairs Bureau are the Beijing Association on Roast Duck Technology, the Beijing Pigeon Watching Association, the Amateur Singers Association, the Association on Music in Korean Dialect and two fishing organisations. Most of the organisations are so small that they are not even listed in the telephone directory. And none of them are politically or economically affiliated. But that does not make the authorities any less serious about banning them. The municipal government has issued a public proclamation that no activities may be carried out in the name of the 51 organisations, the People's Daily reported. Anyone who breaks this rule will face serious punishment for 'carrying out unauthorised activities'. The closure of the groups was posted on the Beijing government's official webpage and Beijing Youth Daily on Friday. The NGO Registration and Management Regulations issued on October 25, 1998, required all non-governmental organisations that were set up before the regulations went into effect to re-register by October 25, 1999. The 51 organisations ordered closed failed to register by the appointed time, and still have not done so. 'No matter what reason they gave us for not applying and registering, these organisations gave up their own right to register when they [didn't register in time],' a chief official from the Ministry of Civil Affairs was quoted by Xinhua as saying. In June last year, the Ministry of Civil Affairs closed 63 NGOs for the same reason, Xinhua said.