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In this week's Farmers' Weekly I found a trailer for today's Dairy Event 2001 at Stoneleigh. One of the speakers on the "Spotlight on Profit" forums is to be Richard Sibley - President of the British Cattle Association. He is quoted as saying: Current Foot and Mouth controls will work if we all stick to the rules and remain vigilant. Our enthusiasm and efforts to eradicate this virus from our precious animals must not weaken, when we are so near to completing the task. Janet has a coment to make about this

Current Foot and Mouth controls will work if we all stick to the rules and remain vigilant. Our enthusiasm and efforts to eradicate this virus from our precious animals must not weaken, when we are so near to completing the task.

Mr Sibley is an eminent man with, no doubt, sincerely held views. However, using words like "enthusiasm" for a policy of mass slaughter under the guise of "protecting precious animals" makes me ashamed to be in the same profession. Woud he advocate killing children to protect others from catching measles? And what does he propose to do next time we get an outbreak?

Yours disgustedly,

Janet

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