Farming in the UK Feb 02
new EU directive, 2001/82, will ban the sale of any animal health product
except on prescription by a vet.
of animal products is already tightly regulated in the UK. About 3.200
people are professionally qualified by the Animal Medicines Training
Regulatory Authority to sell such low-risk products. Another disadvantage:
many of them will lose their jobs.
it is claimed that the new law will protect the public against dangerous
residues in meat, potentially damaging products are limited to
prescription sale already.
safety and animal health must be protected. Livestock and horse owners are
currently able to access many animal medicines. This facilitates the early
use of low-risk medicines.
of veterinary medicines must be affordable. Closing down an existing,
well-established distribution network in the UK will reduce competition in
respect of medicines for food-producing animals.
illegal use of animal medicines is damaging. Making it more expensive and
difficult for farmers to obtain the medicines may encourage the illegal
importation of unauthorised medicines.
and mouth: catalogue of failures. Farmers condemned the Government's
response to the last epidemic.
proper contingency planning. It failed to involve all the major
stakeholders and had not been properly tested or updated.
import controls on foreign meat.
the outbreak was handled. Resources were poorly co-ordinated and were
quickly overwhelmed, leading to a rapid spread of the epidemic.
a failure to apply bio-security schemes, while the contiguous cull policy
-killing uninfected animals near to those infected-was applied too
movement controls: inadequate resourcing and preparation of licenses.
and disinfection: lack of control from the centre and repeated delays and
mistakes in issuing contracts.
failure to communicate clearly and insufficient scientific research.
subsidies to farmers for food production are unsustainable.
receive payments for conversion to organic farming.
controls on illegal meat imports, including possible use of sniffer dogs
to check luggage.
animal health strategy.
of demonstration farms to show best price.
should adhere to strict farm standards or face licensing.
increase in the number of seasonal part-time workers from 10.000 to
tagging of all cattle, sheep and pigs.
of duty on biofuels.