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Re: “North Carolina backyard chicken owners revolt against the state‚Äôs registration mandate

Frank, there is plenty of science to back up immunizations. No such science supports registration of backyard flocks. In fact, I can provide pages and pages of links to peer-reviewed research supporting immunizations, but please provide a single peer-reviewed study that supports backyard flock registration. You can't. You're making the science up just like the state is.

Neither the government nor the poulty industry can control the millions of migratory foul that pass through and reside in NC. Backyard flock registration is an ineffective "feel good" measure that can only be supported by the "we have to do something" crowd who respond to emotion rather than critical thought.

You seem to represent this crowd well. For example, you promote the myth that bird flu was first found in a hobby flock in WA when in fact, it was first found in migratory waterfowl. The first case in domesticated fowl was on a mixed-bird farm in Southern Oregon- not a backyard chicken flock and not in WA. http://www.capitalpress.com/Washington/20150928/washington-state-vet-backyard-flocks-most-vulnerable-to-bird-flu

Also, just because the first domesticated birds to be found with bird flu were in a hobbyist farm does not mean that backyard flocks are a significant disease vector. It can simply mean they are more susceptible to infection due to being outside and free to mix with wild birds. Waterfowl remain infected with no symptoms- chickens die generally within 48 hours of becoming infected with a 90% mortality rate. You can count the time between when a backyard flock is infected and when the owner knows in hours, and no state inspection will provide any advanced warning to that effect.

As a "lefty Democrat," you might readily open your property to unannounced inspections with dubious merit, but I do not. The state lost their credibility to respect their legislated mandates as soon as they used the word "required" in association with this registry. They pretend that they "softened" their language in response to our concerns. Instead, they only changed their verbage from "required" to "voluntary" after being threatened by a lawsuit that clearly laid out their lack of authority to require backyard poulty owners to do *anything*.

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Posted by Cameron 1 on 11/15/2015 at 7:27 AM

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