Via Xinhua: Poultry market to shut over bird flu fear. Excerpt:
Shanghai will suspend live poultry trading from January 31, the first day of the Chinese Lunar New Year, until April 30 to prevent a recurrence of the bird flu.
The suspension will be an annual feature for the next five years, dependent on the evaluation and warning of the bird flu and the seasonal onset, according to a joint statement issued by the Shanghai Agricultural Commission and the Shanghai Commerce Commission.
All the designated wholesale and retail markets will be banned from trading in poultry and violators face hefty fines between 10,000 yuan (US$1,641) and 30,000 yuan under a new rule that took effect in June.
Unlicensed street vendors who sell live poultry during the period will be punished by urban management teams.
Poultry from other cities and provinces must be sent to designated slaughterhouses and cannot enter the local market directly, it said.