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These Regulations give effect to Commission Decision 2005/734/EC laying down biosecurity measures to reduce the risk of transmission of highly pathogenic avian influenza caused by influenza A virus of subtype H5N1 from birds living in the wild to poultry and other captive birds and providing for an early detection system in areas at particular risk (O.J. No. L 274, 20.10.2005, p. 105), as amended by Commission Decision 2005/745/EC (O.J. No. L 279, 22.10.2005, p.79).
These Regulations require the Department to evaluate the risk of the transmission of avian influenza virus and to take appropriate measures to reduce that risk through the establishment of preventative zones and restricted premises. Certain measures may be imposed in such zones or premises including the housing of poultry or the feeding of poultry indoors (regulation 4).
The collection of birds for marketing or public display is prohibited except in accordance with the conditions of a licence issued by the Department (regulation 5).
A keeper of poultry or captive birds is required to submit certain information to the Department within specified time limits and keep records of that information (regulation 6).
The Regulations provide enforcement powers for inspectors and establish offences and other related matters (regulations 7 to 9).
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