HONG KONG: Hong Kong is taking all precautionary measures against bird-flu, having fully understood the ramifications of the bird-flu crisis on the economic health. After bouncing back with an envious economic health, a bird-flu crisis is the last thing needed so authorities are leaving no stone unturned to ensure that the flu never enters, even by fluke!
A new central poultry slaughtering plant is on the anvil, slated to be commissioned in 2009. This will obliterate the need for live poultry slaughtering in wet markets and alleys. The mammoth 10,500 square meter plant will operate 365 days a year and is nearly 200 meters away from any semblance of residents. The envisaged plant will house a huge slaughtering capacity of 40,000 chickens and 3000 pigeons, with a possibility to enlarge its slaughtering scope.
The plant, estimated at 200 million HK dollars (25.64 million U.S. dollars), is expected to be enclosed and include three major areas for holding live chickens, slaughtering and distribution.