They are trying to decimulate the overpopulated wild-eagle population in New Zealand.
Wild birds in some parts of the island are infected with RHDV1-K5 virus in March, according to BBC News.
Rabbits were introduced in New Zealand in the 1830s and since then they have caused many problems to farmers, because they cause the grazing of the grassland and cause serious damages to their fields in the fields.
According to the report by the New Zealand Ministry of Health, wild birds average an average of 50 million New Zealand Dollars (HUF) per year, and more than 25 million New Zealand Dollars will be defended.
The primary methods of keeping their population in control are the shooting, poisoning, the smoking of their holes and the less drastic solution of the use of rabbit fences.
However, according to experts, the problem is now too great to be effective with these methods.
A former torso of calicivirus that has caused the haemorrhagic rabies has been deployed in New Zealand in 1997. Only the rabbit attack virus proved to be extremely effective, but after more than 20 years, the animals became immune.
The current virus is a new Korean strain, RHDV1-K5. This attacks the internal organs of the animals, causing fever, cramps, clots and breathing difficulties. This strain works “faster”: it does the animal within two to four days of infection.
The method divides locals. The association of New Zealand farmers has taken “tremendous relief”.
Andrew Simpson, a spokeswoman for the alliance, said, “If a year goes by without the virus, some land would have suffered enormous ecological damage.”
However, the Royal Animal Protection Society of New Zealand (SPCA) called the news of the release of the virus a bit disappointing. “We are supporters of more humane methods,” said Arnja Dale, a member of the company, adding that the virus is causing the animals to suffer, and there is a risk of rabbit animal infection.
According to SPCA, the vaccine for domestic sheep has been “not adequately tested and lacking sufficient evidence to provide effective protection” against the virus.
According to the Ministry’s officials, the vaccinated domestic sheep will be safe. RHDV1-K5 was deployed last year in Australia and there was no report that vaccinated domestic herbs would have died from it.
Source: MTI / Image: otigo.hu /