20 February 1998
NSA petitions Cunningham over live exports

THE National Sheep Association (NSA) is to petition Dr Jack Cunningham, agriculture minister, over his attitude to the live export trade.

A letter will include the point that the NSA shares the view that stock should be slaughtered close to where they are reared. But it will point out that, with a major rationalisation within the abattoir industry, this is becoming increasingly difficult.

NSA chief executive John Thorley was highly critical of the attitude in Whitehall to agriculture in general. He also said the NSA would back a lifetime ban on any exporter who flouted new transport regulations now in force throughout the European Union.

  • The Scotsman 20/02/98 page 30