Belgium to slaughter British livestock

Thursday, March 01, 2001
Belgium is starting to slaughter sheep and goats imported from Britain in an effort to keep out foot-and-mouth disease.

The move applies to livestock which has come into the country since February 1.

Livestock that has come into contact with the British imports will also be destroyed. About 2,000 animals will be slaughtered overall.

The government said it will compensate farmers whose animals are destroyed.