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foot and mouth disease issue
Dr Rex Walters
Filed 04 May 05
Like many people involved in the agricultural
industry, I am very surprised and annoyed at the way the foot and
mouth outbreak has been forgotten during the election campaign.
There has been total silence about the slaughter
of some 10 million animals, the loss of livelihood and, even today,
numerous lost export markets.
In particular, there has been no mention of the
fact that the EU disqualified the British Government from claiming
£850 million towards the cost of the disastrous outbreak.
The Commission's decision was based on the Government's
failure to act swiftly to control animal movements, the concerns
about the destruction of millions of healthy animals, the high cost
of compensation paid for culled animals and the overall high cost
of the eradication programme.