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Poultry Breeders Given More Time to Fight Quarantine Destruction Order

19 July 2013

AUSTRALIA - Extra time has been given to poultry breeders before 4,000 rare imported chickens are destroyed under a quarantine order by the Federal Court.

The chickens hatched about two months ago in quarantine on Torrens Island in Adelaide and were to be given to bird enthusiasts this weekend, ABC News reports.

But the federal Agricultural Department issued a destruction order after one chick returned a positive result for salmonella.

A Federal Court injunction giving the breeders time to gather evidence against the order has been extended for another week.

A syndicate of dozens of breeders from around Australia was formed to bring new breeds from the United Kingdom.

The poultry syndicate now has approval to arrange testing of the 4,000 chickens.

Spokesman Peter Shands said that was now being organised to happen in coming days.

"The main thing of course is that beyond that we're not certain what that means but, you know, if we had for example a 100 per cent negative [testing result] we would be very excited about that because it would clearly vindicate our position," he said.

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