Thousands back call for virus inquiry

7 December 2001

Thousands back call for virus inquiry

By Mike Stones

MORE than 112,000 people have pledged support to our joint campaign for a full public inquiry into the causes and handling of the foot-and-mouth crisis.

In response to requests from our readers, FARMERS WEEKLY launched its campaign in mid-July.

Later that month, we joined forces with Horse & Hound magazine to lobby our combined readership.

In August, both magazines teamed up with leading regional newspapers Western Morning News in Plymouth, The Western Mail in Cardiff and The Journal in Newcastle.

Together we attracted massive support for a public inquiry into foot-and-mouth from rural and urban readers alike.

FARMERS WEEKLY alone attracted nearly 25,000 signatures.

“Never before in our 67-year history has the magazine commanded such keen support from so many readers,” said FARMERS WEEKLY editor Stephen Howe.

Campaign support grew after the government announced in August its three independent inquiries and a policy commission.

The editors of FARMERS WEEKLY, Horse & Hound and the three regional newspapers will deliver your signatures to Downing Street as soon as a date can be agreed with Number Ten.

“We are looking forward to letting the Prime Minister know precisely how the country feels about his decision to hold foot-and-mouth inquiries behind closed doors.

“Only the international crisis has prevented us from delivering them early this autumn,” said Mr Howe.

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