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January 13, 2020

Will cockfighting birds from US spread vND into Guam?

For more than a year and a half, we have received notifications from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) regarding new cases of virulent Newcastle disease (vND). Most of these cases, according to APHIS, have occurred in “backyard exhibition chickens.”  At first, I thought that phrase meant poultry being raised by 4-H members to exhibit at their county and state fairs. But it didn’t take long for me to learn that wasn’t what APHIS meant at all. “Backyard exhibition chickens” is just a politically correct way of saying “cockfighting birds.” Read more

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