NEWS & STAR-Confusion, Chaos,
Cumbrian NEWS & STAR Thursday 9th may
DISEASE THAT TORE MY FAMILY
Rosamund Ridley, freelance journalist, whose
family farm in the Eden Valley, described how two relatives had attempted
suicide during the height of the crisis. She described being confined to the house for weeks, unable to see relatives or friends and cut off by
bio-security measures from receiving visitors, post or any deliveries.
"The elderly people said it was worse
than the war, everyone knew wich side they were on!"
CUMBRIA FMD INQUIRY
Key witnesses yesterday.
(1) MAFF killed
healthy animals unnecessarily by introducing the 3km cull without enough
scientific evidence to back it up.
(2) Although the cull was described as voluntary,
farmers felt "bullied" into giving their animals up for
(3) Farmers were confused by continual changes in
Government policy over the cull.
QUOTE: "The Firebreak Cull epitomised the
confusion, chaos, level of bullying and unscientific policy that
characterised the Governments response to the