Ban Set for Sale and Slaughter of Live Poultry in Markets

TAIWAN - With less than three months to go before a ban against slaughtering live poultry in traditional markets goes into effect, the policy change is gathering opposition from poultry farmers who say their livelihoods are threatened by the move.
calendar icon 15 January 2008
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"All over the world, communities of Chinese heritage prefer to eat freshly-killed chicken"
A representative of the Poultry Association.

Cages full of live chickens continue to be stacked up in traditional markets all over the country. Customers can pick the chicken they want from the cages as they have always been able to do, but all that is set to change on April 1.

Poultry industry representatives say that the ban will devastate chicken farmers and sellers, especially purveyors of specialty varieties of chicken most identifiable by their feathers.

"All over the world, communities of Chinese heritage prefer to eat freshly-killed chicken," said a representative of the Poultry Association who wished to remain unnamed because of ongoing negotiations with the Council of Agriculture. "You cannot change that preference."

Source: TaipeiTimes
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