From pighealth.com(external link) Avian Influenza: Control Problems in The Netherlands
Pet birds:Forcible entry to kill healthy animals was one of the aspects of the FMD crisis that left many shocked and shattered. See Pro-Med site on European Union epidemic update + Vaccination policy
There has been some strong opposition by some private owners of avian species.
Some are reported to have hidden their birds in their bathrooms, or transported them to safety outside of compulsory slaughter zones.
This morning a NL radio program interviewed a lady whose house was forcibly entered and raided by policemen and Ministry of Agriculture officials, who proceeded to confiscate their 3 pet chickens that had been hidden in the bathroom.
Temporary staff from other countries have been working as clearing teams for poultry farms. Some are alleged to be asylum-seekers working with special permission from the authorities in return for "pocket money". There are reported to be some language problems and lack of familiarity with hygiene standards that may hamper disease control efforts. ...