posted on Aug, 23 2005 @ 01:38 AM
The UK has decided not to follow its European neighbours, the Netherlands, in their efforts to prevent the spreading of bird flu. The Dutch are
planning to bring millions of birds, chickens, ducks and geese indoors. Germany is currently deciding whether it too should follow suit and impose a
ban. The Department for Food, Environment and Rural Affairs (Defra) feels that such action from the UK is not needed as there is a chance that the
virus will not spread to Europe.
The UK has no plans to follow the Dutch move to prevent the spread of bird flu by banning farmers from keeping fowl outdoors, the government says.
The measures were put in place in the Netherlands after an outbreak of bird flu was confirmed in Russia.
The Department for Food, Environment and Rural Affairs (Defra) said similar UK action would be disproportionate.
Please visit the link provided for the complete story.
I am unsure how to read between the lines here. This is not the first time the UK is holding back on bans and antiviral vaccines. The bottom of this
article says that they don't have anything to prevent the disease from spreading between birds and no medication to give them if they do get
infected, so everything is a precautionary measure. Does the UK think nothing will happen here? Are they not willing to take even the slightest chance
to save lives? A few years ago the Netherlands had to cull a fifth of their poulty because of a bad outbreak, so I see why they are willing to take
this chance now. Does anyone else agree that perhaps something should be done just in case?
[edit on 23-8-2005 by nikelbee]