Fortress mentality takes hold in Europe; Britain steps up slaughter

LONDON – Dramatically escalating its bid to stop the wildfire spread of foot-and-mouth disease, Britain announced plans yesterday to slaughter up to 100,000 animals that may have come in contact with the virus – in addition to more than 200,000 sheep, cows and pigs already killed or marked for death. The drastic move, announced by Nick Brown, the Agriculture Minister, came as reverberations of the nearly month-old outbreak rippled far beyond British shores.

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