Further Anglesey protests likely

30 March 2001

Further Anglesey protests ‘likely’

By FWi staff

FURTHER protests are likely in Anglesey against the disposal of livestock culled to contain foot-and mouth, warns a farmers leader.

Twice already the location for disposing carcasses from the cull of 40,000 animals has been switched.

Peredur Hughes, vice president of NFU Cymru-Wales, says there is likely to be strong local opposition to the building of a giant pyre wherever it was sited.

A compromise was struck Friday (30 March) between Welsh ministers and Anglesey farmers threatening to stop carcasses being buried near their farms.

After a stormy meeting, protesters agreed that 10,000 carcasses could be dumped in the landfill site at Penhesgyn.

Protesters had argued against bringing carcasses from the foot-and-mouth cull to an area which is clear of the disease.

In return Waless minister for rural affairs Carwyn Jones said he would search for another disposal site, this time within the infected area.

Earlier, plans for a pyre close to Mona airfield were scrapped amid public health concerns over pollution.

It is reported that bodily fluid leaking from carcasses ran into a nearby stream.

Meanwhile Tony Blair has continued his tour of the main foot-and-mouth infected areas with a visit to Dumfries and Galloway on Friday (30 March).

Until earlier this week the region was the only affected area in Scotland, with 99 cases now confirmed. Two cases have since been found in the Borders region.

Mr Blair was joined by Scotlands First Minister Henry McLeish and farm minister Ross Finnie.

He met council leaders and staff running the emergency co-ordination centre at Dumfries and held private meetings with farmers representatives and vets.

Later Mr Blair met Army chiefs in charge of the cull of stock on farms neighbouring confirmed outbreaks and sheep on farms within 3km of outbreaks.

National Farmers Union of Scotland president Jim Walker said it was made clear that the current slaughter policy is the only way to tackle the disease.

Agriculture Minister Nick Brown visited Cumbria on Friday to discuss the issue of vaccination with concerned farmers.

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