Around 190,000 ducks were killed at six farms in the Netherlands on Saturday to combat an outbreak of avian flu, reports Reuters.
This cull comes after an epidemic sweeping through northern Europe, affecting Denmark, Finland, Germany and Sweden.
Authorities have announced they're checking for bird flu at farms within three kilometers of the original site and have also imposed a ban on the transport of birds within 10 kilometers.
The Netherlands is the world's second-largest agricultural exporters and has more than 100 million hens, pigs, sheep, and cows.
Unfortunately, the high density of animals in the Netherlands means that they're extra susceptible to outbreaks of disease.
Since 1997, 40 million hens, cows, goats, pigs, and sheep were slaughtered to contain outbreaks of diseases like swine flu and "mad cow" disease.
Similar culls of chickens occurred in the Netherlands in 2014 after an outbreak of bird flu.
is avian flu not old hat? We are light-years ahead of avian virii— Leeroy (@pyram1d) November 26, 2016
Some online are surprised avian flu is still a problem.