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How many healthy animals are being committed to the incinerators each year because of the failings of those officials who are administering the passports?

Copy from Mr Purdey of an email he wrote to a farming forum April 17 2005 and the letter he wrote to the BCMS

I suddenly found that one of my bull calves has been debarred a passport on grounds that my passport application form had reached the British cattle movement service one day late. It transpires that a five day hold up in the Easter post was to blame, but still the BCMS debars my right to the passport. How many healthy animals are being committed to the incinerators each year on the basis of these petty bureaucratic breaches? It is yet another social scandal.

This whole issue is a bit ironic , since I have always stood up for the licensing system of cattle in the UK whenever I have been questioned about its merits during my lectures in Canada and America ( cattle licensing is a hot topical issue over there right now, hence their interest ). But once again, the failings seem to be the responsibility of those officials who are administering the passports.

Here is my reply letter to BCMS;