I know there’s a lot of bird lovers who read this blog, and this is a sad tale of a woman and her expatriate cockatiels who are trying to get home from Japan. The USDA won’t let her bring her birds in because they’re afraid of avian flu–nevermind that they haven’t had any contact with other birds for years, and Japan’s been declared free of avian flu anyway.

I’m all for preventing avian flu, but I’m pretty sure the primary vector of infection is not somebody’s pet cockatiels.


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