From: Pat Bryant
To: Mary C
Sent: Wednesday, July 16, 2003 7:13 PM
Subject: Re: 'Future vision' for animal welfare

thank you for your mail.
Of course you may use my name - I have never been afraid to stand up for what I believe in  - just wish I had more time to devote to it.
Most farmers I know do their very best for their livestock *and* try their abolute best to comply with the regulations - some of which are contradictory and some against the welfare of the animal (double tagging of calves and sheep is an example).
Problem is that we are isolated.  The family farmer is so darned overworked trying to care for his livestock (often single handed) and keep body and soul together that he does not have time for NFY/TFA/FARM/FFA meetings - he barely has time or energy to read the FW after he has completed all of the Defra/MAFF paperwork
We don't have time or energy to be out there picking up on what is happening - who is saying and doing what.
The harder things get the more our noses are to the grindstone trying to survive.  33 years ago my husband talked of getting out of farming - I sat on the fence promising support whatever his decision.
I wish I had had the courage to speak up and encourage him to get out whilst the going was good.