foot and mouth
<color><param>0100,0100,0100</param> Over 30 years down the line since the last serious outbreak and
what have we learned, not much. We are faced with gun toting
ministry "vets" blasting through herds and flocks one in front of the
other, lambs and piglets in front of mothers. Piles of rotting corpses
bundled onto funeral pyres almost certainly spreading the virus
through the aerosoles created.
I live in (and fast becoming a prisoner of) the countryside and it is
so eerie not to see the lambs, calfs and piglets in the fields.
This is <underline>not</underline> a fatal disease to these animals, a vaccine has been
produced (though not 100% effective), however, if we do vaccinate
then that puts pay to meat export, and what is even more crazy,
we import meat from Europe. It really is down to money and that is
why this is such a political issue and not one of animal welfare.
Sorry about this ranting but like so many here in this so
called democratic society (where the voice of the public is heard,
then ignored), find this whole catastrophe distressing and
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