Farmers could take more control of the fate of their business if they had the right to vaccinate against FMD. Join us in calling for the right to vaccinate now!
The reactive cull-to-control strategy and the bans on trade put a stranglehold on those who do not export. Let the customer decide if they’re happy to eat vaccinated meat (UK farmers already vaccinate for many other diseases, Blackleg for example) and give farmers the option of preventative measures against Foot and Mouth Disease.
Why not let the farmers decide? We could use our own risk assessments and make a decision on whether or not to protect our stock against FMD.
The Soil Assocation has said that they support a ‘Vaccinate to Live” policy, as campaigned for by CIWF (Compassion in World Farming) – meaning that vaccinated animals should not be slaughtered as part of a mass cull. The SA urge the government to vaccinate “if further outbreaks occur beyond the existing 3km protection zone in Surrey.”
Sheepdrove believe there is no need to wait before developing a programme of vaccine protection. Let us vaccinate now!
If we don’t see change now… why would Defra ever get around to using vaccines against FMD and stop the harmful cull policy? Surely that was a lesson from 2001 that the government has clearly not learned. Otherwise why wait to order vacccines until an outbreak forces it???
- FMD – Vaccinate to Live campaign by the CIWF
- The Soil Association’s FMD web page
- Defra FMD web page Defra helpline 08459 335577
- See the infection zones on an interactive map
PS… in the old days, if a farmer saw one of his cows had FMD he got a piece of sacking and wiped the cow’s mouth with it and then infected the other cows with it to give them immunity! That’s vaccination!