jeudi 13 septembre 2007

New outbreak in foot-and-mouth disease reaches the Queen

LONDON - The new outbreak of the foot-and-mouth disease in South-East England will prevent Queen Elizabeth II from riding horses and walking her dogs, the Daily Telegraph reports on Thursday.
The 6-mile surveillance zone imposed around the Egham farm, where the disease sprang out, includes the Queen's property of Windsor Great Park. The 5,000 acre estate, which holds a deer park, and two farms with 400 cattle, 2,000 pigs and 6,000 hens, has been closed to the public for security reasons.
"All horse-riding will not be permitted in the park until further notice and all dogs must be kept on leads in the areas where public access is still allowed. That is the rule and it will apply to everyone," a spokesman from the Crown estate said.
Princes Harry and William are often seen riding horses within the Guards Polo Club, which has also been closed.
The Queen is currently staying at her residence in Balmoral (Scotland) until early October. But the ban is bound to remain for a longer period of time.

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