Veerman allows poultry back outdoors
27 April 2006, AMSTERDAM — Dutch Agriculture Minister Cees Veerman has decided to allow commercial chickens, ducks and other poultry back into the open air from Monday.
27 April 2006
AMSTERDAM — Dutch Agriculture Minister Cees Veerman has decided to allow commercial chickens, ducks and other poultry back into the open air from Monday.
He ordered more than two months ago that they be held indoors to prevent them coming into contact with wild birds infected by the deadly H5N1 strain of avian flu.
Veerman has decided to lift the order because the risk has decreased. "The peak of the migration is over and very extensive monitoring of wild birds has to date not detected any bird flu infections," the minister said.
Chicken farmers will still be obliged to have their birds eat and drink indoors after Monday. Owners of hobby birds have been given the same advice.
Veerman said he is also prepared to allow bird fairs and pigeon races to resume from Monday under certain conditions.
Animal rights group 'Wakker Dier' said Friday should become "chicken liberation day". The Netherlands celebrates liberation from the Nazis in 1945 on 5 May.
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]
Subject: Dutch news