Introduced to East Anglia via infected imported
pig-meatthe Trojan Horse which helped to destroy the British
Suggestion. Compare the cost of the current
operation in the surveillance zones to a policy of slaughtering
on farm and burying overweight pigs as soon as the pigs became
Cost factors to take into account.
Feed consumed in feeding pigs which would never
have a market.
Cost of hauling pigs to abattoir, abattoir costs,
cost of hauling carcases to incinerator and incineration costs.
Cost of repairing facilities broken by overcrowding.
Cost of financial borrowing imposed by surveillance
Cost of selling pigs below the cost of production.
Cost of suffering of animals which were abused
by overcrowdingor is that irrelevant?
Cost of despair and distress caused to pig farmers,
their families and employeesor is that irrelevant?
Cost of helping to destroy British pig industry
for future years. Please remember, once the industry has gone
it will be a Herculean task to revive it.
The way that the surveillance zones have been
conducted is an excellent example of penny wise and pound foolish.
PS: Why did the Minister of Agriculture ignore
the letter from Dr Julia Wrathall of the RSPCA? She wrote to the
Minister at the beginning of the Swine Fever outbreak and prophetically
warned of the horrendous welfare problems in the surveillance
zones. The Minister's absence from the Swine Fever zones has been
noted, he is obviously unaware of the significance of the disease.
Why is it that other European governments come
to the rescue of their pig industries, ie Belgium Dioxin and Dutch
Swine Fever, but Britain ignores the cost of BSE and Swine Fever
on the British pig industry?