Welsh AMs to see shock Burnside Virus Video

THE WELSH Assembly”s rural affairs committee is planning a special showing of the video of conditions at the pig farm where the 2001 foot-and-mouth crisis started.

Glyn Davies, who farms at Berriew in north Powys – where many lost their stock – has frequently criticised government handling of the outbreak. “I want every assembly member to realise that a full public inquiry would probably have revealed that this devastating and expensive crisis could have been prevented,” he said.

Public Inquiry

Gareth Vaughan, president of the Farmers Union of Wales, is also demanding “a full and open public inquiry”.

“The Northumberland farm was in a disgusting state, which meant that it could not have deteriorated overnight. It therefore beggars belief that a government inspection just four weeks earlier led to a further licence being issued,” said Mr Vaughan.