04 August 2007

Home-Grown Biosecurity Threat

defra - NO ENTRY - Notice: This footpath is closed on account of foot-and-mouth diseaseSo, it seems the latest crisis to affect our country's struggling farmers is down to lapse of security at the Institute for Animal Health at Pirbright, just three miles from the farm where an outbreak of foot-and-mouth has led to the slaughter to more than five dozen cattle, further culls of other herds on neighbouring farms as a precautionary measure, and a national ban on livestock movement.

I trust the farmers affected will be duly compensated...


Incredulous said...

I don't know what is more shocking - that a government laboratory or private company licensed by the government should be responsible for the outbreak or that the site has won the government's order for 300,000 doses of vaccine against the disease, despite having caused it through "accidental or deliberate transfer"!