|SOME IDEAS FOR PASSIVE RESISTANCE
Alistair McConnachie circulated these ideas at the end of March 2001
Normality will return to the stricken countryside when we accept that healthy farm animals should never be killed, sick animals should always be healed, and the disease, wherever it is, should just be left to run its natural course.
So long as Slaughter remains the response to FMD then the fear of the disease, and the fear of spreading the disease, will remain.
That means the rural shops will stay empty, the countryside will remain closed, and people will be afraid to move.
IF WE STOP THE SLAUGHTER, WE STOP THE SCARE
It should be possible to mobilise large numbers of people towards this simple aim: STOP THE SLAUGHTER, save the healthy animals, and heal the sick ones.
Once we allow the disease to take its natural course then we can return the countryside to normality.
Passive Resistance by Rural Defenders against the Slaughter Brigades will inspire others to defend their lives, livelihoods and life's work. It will make the present State policy unworkable, It will create media events which change the terms of debate. It will ensure we succeed in our aim.
SOME FARMERS ARE WELL PLACED TO RESIST
Many have tractors, trailers, fork loaders, large machines, and heavy objects in abundance. They have chains, padlocks, tools, digging equipment, barrels, wire, fence posts, wood, rocks, and trees.
PUBLICISE, PUBLICISE, PUBLICISE
You need to let the cameras onto your property, and you need to lose any fear of letting supporters onto your property. Remember, at a technical meeting for journalists, presented by MAFF on Friday 23 March: "There was no evidence from anywhere, it was admitted, that walkers passed on the disease, despite the closure of footpaths: indeed, the risk that even the vets who tended the sick animals would pass it on, was 'remote'." (Geoffrey Lean, "Now the truth is out, it's time for a revolution", Independent on Sunday, 25-3-01, p. 14)
The country needs to see what is happening on your farm. Let the cameras in!
You need to consider your own circumstances carefully. The following ideas have been circulating on the Internet, and you will appreciate, for legal reasons, this is comment, not advice!
Therefore, some comment: If you are a Farmer in appropriate circumstances, then start to organise and mobilise for serious Passive Resistance, within the law. Draw up your plans NOW before the crisis hits you.
Call your contacts and friends. Make lists of all your potential supporters. Are you a member of a Chamber of Commerce, Round Table, a business group? Your colleagues may be suffering financially from the Slaughter and its related panic. Tell them, if we Stop the Slaughter, we Stop the Scare and we return the countryside to normality.
Tell them of your plan to Passively Resist, within the law, and ask if you can count on their support. Record their telephone, mobile phone and fax numbers. Perhaps you can appoint a member of the family or a friend to co-ordinate the mobilisation. Set up a telephone tree where each person calls another 5 people. Tell them of your intention. Boldness inspires. You need to stand together.
Make large signs with the essential message on them for the journalists and cameras. Have your personal list of important contacts, including media contacts, on you at all time. Have access to a mobile phone.
The official farming "leaders" will contact you and try to talk you out of it. Forget them. Their policies, however unwittingly, are destroying the countryside. They will remind you of the "horrific" illness, where a cow gets blisters on its tongue. Ask them if this is worse than a high velocity bolt through its forehead! They will accuse you of selfishness, and of allowing the disease to spread to the neighbouring farms. Remind them that it is their policies which are killing the local animals, and it is your policy to save the healthy animals and heal the sick ones. They will ask you to examine your conscience. Ask them how they feel about wiping out local farming?
MORE COMMENT CIRCULATING ON THE INTERNET
SOME MORE IDEAS TO CONSIDER IN YOUR GIVEN CIRCUMSTANCES
Investigate all possible legal action
Video, photograph and tape the behaviour of MAFF, vets and others on your farm with the intention of bringing prosecutions at a later date
Moreover, vets are now being allowed "slaughter on suspicion". If the results from the slaughtered animals come back negative then what is to stop you prosecuting that particular vet?
In the coming months and years, reports and books will be written about the mass slaughter policy and will prove conclusively that the policy was wrong. That will leave the people who are presently executing the present Slaughter, however unwittingly, open to prosecution and massive compensation demands. You need to collect evidence now.
Persuade vets to speak out against the slaughter
Remind them that they depend on you for their business and that if they come on your land with the intention of killing, rather than healing, then you have no intention of dealing with them, or their business, ever again.
Remind them also that after they, and their colleagues, have killed everything in their area, then they will, effectively, have put themselves out of business anyway!
Vets should refuse to be complicit with a State sanctioned economic agenda rather than an animal health policy and until such time as they return to their job of healing sick animals then they are abusing their professional position and betraying their professional motivations.
Do not co-operate in gathering the animals
Spread alternative information and understanding
Our aim is to STOP THE SLAUGHTER, save the healthy animals, and heal the sick.
If we let nature take its course then the countryside will return to normality.
Passive Resistance, within the law, will spread and inspire others to defend their lives, livelihoods and life's work.
It will make the present State policy unworkable and it will create media events which change the terms of debate. It will ensure we succeed in our aim.