NEWS & STAR-Confusion, Chaos, Bullying!

Cumbrian NEWS & STAR Thursday 9th may 2002
 
DISEASE THAT TORE MY FAMILY APART.
 
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!"
 
 
CONFUSION,CHAOS,BULLYING
 
DAY TWO:
 
CUMBRIA FMD INQUIRY
 
Key witnesses yesterday.
 
NICK GREEN
 
Key Evidence:
 
(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 slaughter.
 
(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 outbreak!"