In a bid to contain bird flu in the country, Thai Deputy Agriculture and Cooperatives Minister Newin Chidchob has announced that if bird flu is found in any cock- fighting ring, it will then be immediately closed.
The stiff action came after the indigenous chickens in Thailand 's central province of Suphanburi were confirmed last week to have contracted with the deadly disease.
Speaking after a meeting here Saturday with officials of the Department of Livestock Development, Newin was quoted by the Thai News Agency as saying that he had given three directive measures to the officials so that they could implement them in the same direction.
"Deputy provincial governors will, from now on, be assigned to head working committees responsible for supervising cock-fighting rings in their provinces. Other members of the committees will comprise of representatives from the Department of Livestock Development, and the Ministries of Public Health and Interior, as well as local farmers," he disclosed.
"They will be responsible for mapping out strategies on curbing of poultry movements and monitoring any bird flu epidemics in their own provinces," he noted.
Chickens would also be registered and undertaken medical tests every two months, said Newin.
"Every cock-fighting ring will be immediately closed if avian influenza is found in any areas," the minister stressed.