The Editor

The Berwick Advertiser

Berwick upon Tweed

Dear Editor

Concealed amongst regulations concerning mammalian meat and bone meal, the Animal Death Bill has been resurrected and incorporated into Statutory Instrument 843:

Owners and vets are under obligation to inform the Divisional Veterinary Manager of TSE (transmissible spongiform encephalopathies) susceptible animals. The government may slaughter any TSE susceptible animal. There is no scientific proof that SE's are transmissible other than by injecting material into brains and blood streams of creatures in the laboratory. There is no funded research into anything other than the 'infective prion' theory (Wider research may be a little too close for comfort as far the pharmaceutical companies are concerned).

An Inspector may obtain a warrant from a JP allowing him to legally break into premises using "reasonable force" to slaughter animals. The rejected amendments to the Animal Health Act have therefore been hidden in a straightforward, innocuous looking legal statute, SI843, warranting debate by neither Commons nor Lords.

It is hard to believe that this country, for which so many have died to keep free of tyranny is currently being ruled by the biggest tyrant the world has ever seen, President Bliar and his EU super state.

Yours sincerely

Lynne Thompson