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Animal Welfare
Pinioning non-agricultural birds
  1. Chris Lewis, Fields Farm, Green Lane, Audlem, Cheshire CW
  1. e-mail: christopher{at}knightellington.plus.com

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I READ the letter from the Chief Veterinary Officer on the pinioning of non-agricultural birds (VR, July 13, 2013, vol 173, p 53) with total incredulity. What is the difference between pinioning agricultural and non-agricultural birds on welfare grounds? The reasons for pinioning waterfowl are exactly the same, as an effective way to keep birds in large areas, in this case ponds, so that they can …

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