Dutch news in brief, 26 November 2004

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Mass culling given the chop , Agriculture Minister Cees Veerman has announced a major change in the way his officials will deal with any future outbreak of an infectious disease among livestock in the Netherlands. Mass culling has been carried out in recent years following outbreaks of avian flu on chicken farms and foot-and-mouth disease in cattle. But Veerman said that culling in future would be restricted to the animals directly affected or in the vicinity of the outbreak. He also said healthy animals w

Mass culling given the chop

Agriculture Minister Cees Veerman has announced a major change in the way his officials will deal with any future outbreak of an infectious disease among livestock in the Netherlands. Mass culling has been carried out in recent years following outbreaks of avian flu on chicken farms and foot-and-mouth disease in cattle. But Veerman said that culling in future would be restricted to the animals directly affected or in the vicinity of the outbreak. He also said healthy animals would be inoculated to protect them from the infection. 

Outcry over sweatshop toys

Consumer lobby groups across Europe have launched a campaign to push for better working conditions in China where much of the toys sold on the Continent are made. Dutch consumer group Comsumentenbond said on Friday that most of the toys sold in the Netherlands come from China. The group has called on the public to put pressure on shops and producers to demand better conditions for workers in China.

De Vlieger buys Dutchbird

Dutch businessman Erik de Vlieger's ExelAviationGroup (EAG) has taken over charter airline Dutchbird. It is unclear how the parties came to a final agreement as the takeover has been on-again, off-again for the last two months. Dutchbird offers flights to Spain and Greece.

Hacks want to discuss Van Gogh coverage

The Dutch journalist union, the NVJ, said on Thursday it wants to meet with Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende to talk about media coverage of the murder of filmmaker Theo van Gogh. Balkenende and other senior politicians accused the media reporting of heightening tension in the Netherlands after Van Gogh was shot and stabbed to death in Amsterdam on 2 November. The NVJ is currently working on improving self-regulation among journalists.

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