|FMD VACCINATION - SOME QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS
Compiled by Alistair McConnachie
"We will lose our export markets if we vaccinate"
For example, if we use emergency vaccination we will regain "disease
free" status one year after the last emergency vaccination, or one year
after the last outbreak, whichever is the later. Since vaccination will
lead to outbreaks finishing sooner, then export markets will return
quicker if we use emergency vaccination... see Dr Richard North's paper here.
= Foot and Mouth can hit at any time. If could hit us again one week after we have finally been declared Foot and Mouth free. Therefore, continuing this Slaughter policy in an attempt to become Foot and Mouth free forever, is ultimately vain and futile, because we don't know how, where or when nature is going to hit us, at any time.
= If we lose the export market forever, then there is a quite sufficient domestic market to service. Indeed, we import more meat than we export anyway, so we don't actually have to export anything. We just need to re-orientate our efforts to the home market.
= Economically speaking, the cost to the rural and tourist industries is far greater than the loss of the export markets.
= Vaccination is more economic than slaughter. It costs £1400 to kill and burn a cow, but only 30p to vaccinate a cow.
"There is no test to ensure that vaccinated animals are not
"Vaccination does not guarantee immunity. On average 2 per cent
of animals vaccinated would not get immunity"
"We can't allow vaccinated animals to enter the food
It has stated that 33 vaccines are routinely used on farm animals in Britain. [Anthony Mitchell and Alun Rees, "Vets walk away from grim task as farmer's rebellion grows", The Daily Express (English edition) 19 April, 2001]
"If the animals are vaccinated they will have to be slaughtered
at the earliest opportunity"
"To introduce vaccination now would be a betrayal of all those
farmers who have sacrificed stock, and suffered pain and anguish, in
order to stop the disease without resorting to vaccination."
It is also a misrepresentation to suggest that farmers have "sacrificed" their stock in order to try to eradicate this disease. A sacrifice is something done willingly. In the face of a massive abuse of state power, the farmers have had no alternative.
The people who have betrayed the farmers are the people who have withheld these alternatives from the farmers, and led them along a woefully errant path.
"Around 50 per cent of animals vaccinated would become carriers
of the virus, potentially spreading infection to other non-vaccinated
"Pregnant animals cannot be vaccinated"
"The slaughter policy appears to be working"