Forest of Dean Action "Foot and Mouth Action Group" Public Inquiry Call

FOREST OF DEAN FMD ACTION GROUP CALL PUBLIC MEETING TO CHALLENGE NEW LEGISLATION & CALL FOR MAJOR PUBLIC INQUIRY INTO FOOT & MOUTH

Given the draconian legislation now before parliament the Forest of Dean FMD Action Group have called a public meeting to discuss what this means for the Forest. Also the Inquiries announced into FMD are proving totally inadequate to deal with dreadful mismanagement we witnessed in the Forest - we must make sure our views are heard again.

Carole Youngs, one of the organisers said "Changes to the Animal Health Act will make it impossible for any farmer to appeal against a culling order, and illegal to resist the slaughter of healthy animals:

Had this law applied at the time when the FoD FMD Action Group was actively supporting farmers and smallholders to protect their healthy animals, we would all have been acting illegally and the animals would all have been slaughtered."

Given that there were no positive cases of FMD in any of the Contiguous culls in the Forest of Dean there can be no justification for the draconian and punitive legislation now proposed. Also, we desperately need a major Public Inquiry to get to the root cause of what went so wrong in the Foot & Mouth epidemic. The Inquiries announced by the Govt are proving to be absolutely futile -see below.

Here are the details of the meeting; Date: Tuesday 13 November 2001 Time: 7.00pm Place: Forest Hill Golf Club, Coleford

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