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FOOT AND MOUTH - Reprieve for animals at the Mossburn Animal sanctuary
Posted 15 May 2001
Animal Aid is delighted at the decision to spare the rescued animals:
Animal Aid is delighted at the decision of the Court of Session in Edinburgh to spare the rescued animals at Mossburn Animal Sanctuary in Dumfries and Galloway.
Three sheep and 14 goats at Mossburn had been targeted for slaughter by the Scottish Executive as part of plans to control foot and mouth disease. This was despite the animals showing no signs of the disease a full six weeks after infected animals at a neighbouring farm were slaughtered. This move had been condemned by Animal Aid as vindictive and unjust.
However, in a last minute u-turn in government policy, the Court of Session in Edinburgh today heard that the animals at Mossburn would now be blood tested for the Foot and Mouth virus.
Farmers across the UK have shed very public tears when their animals have been condemned under the foot and mouth cull programme. And yet those same animals had been produced and fattened in order that their throats be cut and their bodies consumed. The weeping farmers, in any case, are on the receiving end of generous public compensation packages.
The Mossburn Sanctuary animals, by contrast, are truly loved and protected, and the distress shown by Juanita Wilson and her colleagues is genuine and heartfelt. Their courage stands as a reproach to an industry that breeds animals solely to be exploited.
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