Defra has taken immediate action to prevent the spread of infection after the recent bird flu outbreak, including introducing a ten kilometer restriction zone around the Yorkshire based farm.
According to reports, DEFRA have identified the flu strain as the H5 virus, but they don’t believe it’s the H5N1 strain which poses more of a risk to human health.
The measures taken at present appear to be proportionate to the current risk and according to agreed protocols…. Continue reading…
We are aghast to hear the badger cull in Gloucestershire has been extended for more than double its length, which could make the problems of bovine TB in cattle worse not better.
The government has now confirmed it will extend this pilot cull by an extra eight weeks after the numbers of badgers shot were revealed as less than half the target recommended by its own research. Only 30% of badgers were killed in this area in the previous … Continue reading…
New independent research, published today, shows that eight out of ten UK consumers want to know which farm system has been used to produce their meat and dairy products.
The UK government is opposing this change, pushing the European Commission to keep consumers in the dark about where their food actually comes from.
83 per cent of UK consumers want method of production labelling, which clearly identifies the farm system used to produce the food, extended to meat … Continue reading…
We have serious concerns about the newly published government paper which sets out for the first time the scope and scale of the planned badger cull in England.
Today (Thursday 4 July) The Department for Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) published its ‘Defra bovine TB 25 year Strategy’.
The strategy looks at the areas the government will be concentrating its resources on in a bid to eradicate bovine TB. It revealed the cull areas for the first time – … Continue reading…