Israel’s hunting season kicks off every year in September and lasts four months, with hunters typically hunting birds. Israel’s Environmental Protection Minister Tamar Zandberg is planning to cancel the rest of Israel’s hunting season amid the ongoing outbreak of Bird Flu in an effort to prevent possible zoonotic transmissions.
Zandberg described the plan as a necessary step in stemming the ongoing outbreak. The move is intended to prevent the outbreak from continuing and to keep the hunters healthy from a dangerous and contagious disease, which can be fatal to humans.
The high mortality of cranes and other birds found to be infected with the disease indicates a severe and abnormal outbreak, and we must act immediately to minimize the contact between wild birds and humans. The outbreak of H5N1 Bird Flu in Israel has triggered a state of emergency after multiple cases were detected.On December 25, the discovery of the virus in chicken coops near Margaliot led to the killing of 320,000 hens after 244,000 hens were killed in a separate outbreak earlier that week.
The outbreak has raised fears of it getting worse and that a possible egg shortage could happen in the near future. Fears were also raised due to the arrival of tens of thousands of migratory cranes to the Hula Valley. Bird Flu is already estimated to have cost the lives of over 5,000 migratory cranes since it arrived and has already cropped up in other parts of the country. Israel’s hunting season kicks off every year in September and lasts four months, with hunters typically hunting birds.