2,200 reindeer to be killed in Norway to stop chronic wasting disease
"It is perhaps the hardest decision I have taken as minister for agriculture and I am sure many will question it," Jon Georg Dale was quoted as saying.
Dale is acting on the advice of the Norwegian Food Safety Authority who told his ministry to quickly slaughter all reindeer in Nordfjella to stop the spread of the illness, NRK reported.
"This is a difficult decision, because we know that we are most likely to get new reindeer with the disease. It is, however, still necessary to eradicate the infection in the area," he said.
The minister emphasized that the professional advice from the Norwegian Food Safety Authority, the Norwegian Veterinary Institute and the Norwegian Scientific Committee for Food Safety was so clear that he believed it was an unavoidable decision.
"I have had a meeting with all three of the agencies more than once to make sure there are no other options," Dale said. ■