Indiana relaxes bird show ban imposed due to avian flu

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Indiana officials who imposed a statewide ban on bird shows in response to a deadly avian flu have relaxed that emergency rule so that it applies only to poultry species.

The State Board of Animal Health voted 8-0 on Thursday to make the change effective Friday.

The revised rule allows owners of parrots, canaries and other non-poultry birds to resume selling them at flea markets and other settings.

The board also authorized ending on Sept. 17 Indiana’s poultry show ban that’s keeping chickens, ducks and other birds out of county fairs and August’s Indiana State Fair.

Indiana imposed its statewide ban May 27 in hopes of preventing the spread of a bird flu that’s killed nearly 50 million birds, primarily chickens and other commercial poultry, mostly in the Upper Midwest. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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