20 March 2001
Why not vaccinate?

DOES vaccination against foot-and-mouth work? If so, why dont we use it?

Does anyone really believe that it is possible to eliminate the foot-and-mouth virus permanently, or are we doomed to this dreadful ritual of slaughter and heartbreak every few years?

Surely the globisation of trade and the barmy EU directives on open borders mean that these outbreaks will occur with ever-increasing regularity.

Can somebody also explain to me, why we are now burning the carcases rather than burying them in lime, as in 1944?

Surely as soon as the fire is lit, the updraught of hot air must carry a certain percentage of the virus up into the atmosphere, enabling the wind to distribute it.
Dick Lindley
dicklindley@birkwood.fsbusiness.co.uk