REVISED SUBMISSION BY MR KEN TYRRELL, RETIRED DIVISIONAL VETERINARY OFFICER

 

RECOMMENDATIONS

 

A That neither the agricultural or rural industry will ever again agree to an extensive slaughter policy being implemented should FMD reoccur.

 

B that vaccination be the main response to an outbreak unless the initial cases are speedily and effectively contained.

 

C That the Govt steadfastly ensure that the EU Veterinary Standing Committee meeting in Brussels in December 2001 change its policy.

 

D That animals vaccinated must not be subsequently slaughtered as happened in Holland; however it is appreciated that in a vaccinated campaign that any bovines that show lesions before immunity has developed should on humanitarian grounds be slaughtered.

 

E That ring vaccination and subsequently, if needed, "firewall" vaccination be commenced by no later than day 7 of an outbreak.

 

F That movement restrictions and controls are free from petty bureaucracy and that all that has evolved during the present outbreak be eliminated in future..

 

G That Defra overhaul its planning both on vaccination and slaughter policies and make these freely available to local authorities.

 

H That the post of Divisional Veterinary Officer be restored to counties with important livestock populations.

 

I That all requests for movements for welfare reasons are dealt with speedily and with a sense of urgency within the county and only if are there are actual and positive risks are these refused.

 

J That veterinary staff are trained in the diagnosis of FMD.

 

K That Defra non veterinary staff are trained in their duties.

 

L That culling of animals within a 3Km radius of an infected place must never ever be repeated

 

M That "on farm" methods of diagnosis as reported by Prof Fred Brown be used in future.

 

N That "slaughter on suspicion " be considered a damning indictment of the deficiencies of Defra veterinary staff.

 

O That Defra appoint and train on FMD a regional press officer to handle all information.