Open Letter of Appeal to Mr D Maclean
My letter to below MP asking for a public enquiry into this whole affair.
Dear Mr Maclean,
Foot & Mouth Disease
I write to you not as one of your current constituents nor as a farmer, but
as someone who has witnessed the most appalling atrocities in this County's
History and feel that your sympathies might lie in this direction.
I have been through the sympathetic anguish and heartache as countless
farmers lost their livelihoods and as millions of healthy animals have been
I now find that the tears have turned to anger and frustration and I would
like to see this Government and all the people who gave this Government such
barbaric advice brought to justice. If heads must roll, from the top
downwards, then so be it - because this Government has raped and pillaged
our Countryside in the most wanton and needless fashion.
There are answers to many aspects of this whole situation that need to be
addressed: namely :-
1. Why, when this Government knew we had foot and mouth in this Country in
January did it take so long for them to act, even to the point of ignoring
the early advice given to them to stop all sheep movements? Also will they
confirm where this outbreak really first originated, the date and how.
2. Why was an undemocratic Union's advice listened to when they do not
represent the vast majority of farmers in this Country, refusing a
vaccination policy in favour of a mass slaughtering regime when most
farmers had originally been in favour of a vaccination policy. At a time
when farmers needed good sound advice the NFU were busy protecting their own
interests and the interests of the large farmers not the small family
farmer, which this virus was affecting most.
3. Why was the Police Force actively supporting the perpetrators, MAFF, who
were committing illegal acts in contravention of British and European laws
on Animal Health and Human Rights by forcibly taking our animals? The Police
assisted these people by breaking into homes, blocking off roads, and
leaving us open to the violation that was being forced upon us. The fact
that this Government has never stood up and criticised them for their
approach speaks volumes. Even the Scottish Legal system failed to protect
the people who turned to it for justice - why?
4. For what reasons did the Government adopt the illegal mass slaughter
policy it in trying to bring foot and mouth under control, ignoring expert
opinion such as Professor Brown and why did it choose to listen solely to a
discredited epidemiologist (Anderson) with no veterinary experience of the
disease. Why did they not deviate from that path when proved to be wrong by
practical experience and expert opinion such as noted FMD experts Donaldson
et al, Pirbright?
5. After being told that there was a continually updated contingency plan
since the 1967 outbreak, which sadly looks as if it did not exist - what
forward planning will this Government implement to make sure that, if foot
and mouth should ever recur we will never have to witness such barbaric
measures being carried out in our Countryside again?
6. What part will farming play in the future rural development of the
Countryside and how will it effect the rural economy both in terms of work
and way of life.
I submit this to you in the hope that you can influence the setting up of a
independent far reaching public enquiry with the widest possible remit.
Can this Enquiry ensure that it's findings will not vindicate the people
responsible for causing so much needless pain and suffering to so many - and
give us the assurance that we as citizens of this Country will no longer be
persecuted for standing up for what we believe in - the basic right of every
Human Being - our HUMAN RIGHTS.
Mrs Coleen Taylor