2004 Avian Flu outbreak in British Columbia

In 2004 a high pathogenic strain of avian influenza was found in the Lower Mainland poultry producing region of BC. The CFIA ordered a mass cull of all poultry including backyard flocks, pets and rare breeds.

  • House of Commons Agriculture Committee studied the crisis and their report called for an independent inquiry on CFIA handling of Avian flu crisis.
  • Abbotsford community meeting– A community’s outcry after the Federal government ordered the culling of over 17 million chickens, turkeys, ducks, and geese in response to an avian flu outbreak on a neighbouring factory farm.