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Dutch Cull First of 40,000 Goats to Counter Q-Fever Outbreak, Which Has Killed 6 People

World  (tags: dutch government, animal slaughter massacre, pregnant goats, sheep, q fever, humans, deaths )

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The Dutch government on Monday began culling the first of thousands of pregnant goats and sheep targeted for destruction because they carry a disease that killed six people earlier this year. Humans rarely contract the bacterial sickness known as

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Past Member (0)
Monday December 21, 2009, 2:38 pm

Monday December 21, 2009, 3:01 pm
thank god they are being killed humanely. too bad this wont get the message accross that raising animals for food is dangerous and not nessary. too bad these farmers instead of getting more animals to replace the ones culled, wouldnt simply switch to growing plant foods instead.

it is so sad that so many animals are being slaughtered simply because of humans greed for money, and lust for flesh.


Shirley S (187)
Monday December 21, 2009, 3:48 pm
That is a strange picture. Why are they putting the goats in a trough???I don't think the picture has the right caption under it. SAD SAD SAD

Brad C (40)
Monday December 21, 2009, 3:58 pm
Yes if everyone was vegan we wouldn't need to worry with such bad things. Thanks Simone.

Teresa W (782)
Tuesday December 22, 2009, 5:40 am
Poor goats!

Patricia Herrick (54)
Tuesday December 22, 2009, 11:27 am
Heart breaking story. We have goats at our small farm~~~for milk and cheese. We'd never consider eating one, and cannot imagine having to give any of them up for slaughter.

Ron M (52)
Tuesday December 22, 2009, 1:16 pm
Shame on my home country for this. This was easily preventable and they know it. Killing 40.000 animals with a very low chance of transmission to humans is dispicable. The common flu will kill you at least a hundred times faster.

Shirley H (49)
Tuesday December 22, 2009, 1:50 pm
This is horrible - a heartbreaking tale. Why is this happening ? I just don't understand how things like this continue to go on.
Shirley H.

mary f (202)
Tuesday December 22, 2009, 4:29 pm
how horrible the poor goats

Past Member (0)
Tuesday December 22, 2009, 4:55 pm
Poor goats. I can only be glad that they are being killed humanely.

beba h (89)
Tuesday December 22, 2009, 5:42 pm
This is a huge tragedy for these poor unfortunate creatures !! Mankind is so brutal towards defenseless animals. I am a vegetarian and believe all life is sacred--unfortunately that sentiment is in the minority.

Paula L (17)
Tuesday December 22, 2009, 7:47 pm
This is very sad and it would be nice if no one ate meat, but unfortunately that is not the case. These goats are a means of living for those folks too. This will hurt them financially.

Shirley, I too have to question the picutre. I of course dont live in that country, but is it the season for sheering there. These goats look like thay have recently been sheered of their wool????

Carmen Fraide (0)
Wednesday December 23, 2009, 2:11 am
This is horrible.....horrible new' is very sad that animals are being Killed.....poor goats&sheep's

Past Member (0)
Wednesday December 23, 2009, 6:36 pm
Paula L.
I live in a very rural comunity. As such I can tell you that it is common practice to sheer a sheep before it is killed. (even if not for the meat) I've been told that This is because the wool can get in the way of the blood and can somtimes act as a bandage- making the creature die slower.
I think it's also because any bactiria in the wool can get to the corpse easily (starting up the prosess of rot) and because it will save room in transport of the animal corpses.
They may also be planing to disinfect the wool and sell it in this case.

gerlinde p (161)
Friday December 25, 2009, 2:48 am
how horrible, i love goats,
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