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" no time did retailers lobby for or against the vaccination of animals as an alternative to slaughter"

Extract from article in the Western Morning News.

"William Moyes director-general of the British Retail Consortium (BRC) has revealed that he told the Prime Minister that he and other members who were consulted at the time were happy to let the Government decide. Addressing the committee in Strasbourg, set up to examine the outbreak in Britain and it implications for Europe, he said his members would have had no objection to vaccination, as long as certain conditions were met.

"It is important to realise that at no time did retailers lobby for or against the vaccination of animals as an alternative to slaughter," Mr. Moyes told members of the committee..."

" Mr. (Nick) Brown told the European committee: "We were only 24 hours away from vaccinating. However representations made to me from large retailers and in particular Cadburys stating they would not take products from vaccinates persuaded us not to vaccinate.

. Mr. Moyes was part of a delegation brought to address the committee by South West Conservative MEP Neil Parish, who has urged members of the Westcountry business and farming community to contact him if they have information the European Committee should consider.
He said the committee had already seen evidence of the Governments's reluctance to accept responsibility for the handling of the crisis.

He referred to comments from the Parliamentary Under Secretary to DEFRA , Elliot Morley, who revealed that the Government would consider seeking emergency powers if it could not push the Animal Health Bill through Parliament, which would allow civil servants to force entry to slaughter animals.

"It is just sheer arrogance and shows they have learned nothing from the last outbreak," Mr. Parish said...."