Homing pigeons allowed outdoors

8th March 2006, Comments 0 comments

8 March 2006, AMSTERDAM — Dutch Agriculture Minister Cees Veerman to lift lock-up order on show and homing pigeons because they have little chance of catching the deadly H5N1 virus.

8 March 2006

AMSTERDAM — Dutch Agriculture Minister Cees Veerman to lift lock-up order on show and homing pigeons because they have little chance of catching the deadly H5N1 virus.

Veerman ordered food and water for the pigeons should remain isolated from the outdoors and wild birds.

The easing of the rules means an entire generation of pigeons will not be ruined, as pigeon owners had warned. 

As the lock-up order has been rescinded, young pigeons will be able to take to the air and get to know their surroundings. They do not fly very far away and usually stay within 2 kilometres of their home, the pigeon owners organisation told the Minister.

Competitions involving pigeons as well as markets and fairs are still banned.

Commercial poultry must be kept indoors to prevent the birds coming into contact with the H5N1 virus that has been detected in several European countries. The Netherlands is to shortly begin vaccinating the poultry seen as most at risk of catching the bird flu.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]

Subject: Dutch news

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