12 December 2002 A5-0405/ 3

 

AMENDMENT 3

tabled by Anne Ferreira and Gordon J. Adam, on behalf of the PSE Group

 

REPORT by Wolfgang Kreissl-Dvrfler        A5-0405/2002

Foot-and-mouth disease: 2001 crisis

 

Motion for a resolution

 

 

 

Paragraph 15

 

15.   However, contingency plans and the logistical and staffing preparations for an outbreak of FMD or other notifiable exotic animal diseases in the United Kingdom were suffering from considerable shortcomings, according to a report of February 1999 commissioned by the State Veterinary Service (Drummond Report). Hardly anything had been done to implement this report’s recommendations for remedying the shortcomings before the crisis arose, because of other high priority work including BSE, even though in July 2000 the head of the State Veterinary Service expressed (deletion) concern about the state of preparations, particularly with regard to slaughter, disposal of animal carcasses, staff training and the availability of up-to-date contingency plans. Ongoing contingency planning, which has already resulted in the publication of a revised plan, particularly addresses these issues;

 

Justification

 

The implied evidence of welfare violations is unsubstantiated, as is the "inadequacy" of the staff involved in slaughtering.  A veterinary inspector worked closely with the authorities and animal welfare groups closely monitored all slaughters. All allegations of mistreatment were fully investigated.

 

Or. en

 


12 December 2002 A5-0405/ 7

 

AMENDMENT 7

tabled by Anne Ferreira and Gordon J. Adam, on behalf of the PSE Group

 

REPORT by Wolfgang Kreissl-Dvrfler        A5-0405/2002

Foot-and-mouth disease: 2001 crisis

 

Motion for a resolution

 

 

 

Paragraph 30

 

30.     The UK Government’s decision to bury animal carcasses in mass burial sites or burn them on pyres as part of the mass culls was, in most cases, taken without adequate consultation of local institutions (deletion). This placed a very heavy burden on the populations of the areas concerned, and television pictures of the burning pyres and mass burials shocked the public on animal welfare grounds and had a catastrophic impact on tourism in those areas. However, all mass burial sites were subject to monitoring after they were opened. There was no evidence of health or environmental problems arising;

 

 

Justification

 

The suggestion of health and environmental problems caused by the burial sites or pyres was anecdotal. Observation of emissions from the pyres themselves did not indicate any evidence of dioxins that may be hazardous to human health. Specific examinations were carried out in this regard.

 

Or. en

 


12 December 2002 A5-0405/ 9

 

AMENDMENT 9

tabled by Anne Ferreira and Gordon J. Adam, on behalf of the PSE Group

 

REPORT by Wolfgang Kreissl-Dvrfler        A5-0405/2002

Foot-and-mouth disease: 2001 crisis

 

Motion for a resolution

 

 

 

Paragraph 32

 

32.     The mass culls and movement of carcasses to mass burial or incineration sites also gave rise to a risk of accidental further transmission of the virus via the staff deployed or their equipment and on account of the transport of slaughtered animal carcasses through uninfected areas. However, there is no evidence that such transmission took place;

 

Justification

 

Although the risk did exist on any farm where FMD was confirmed, there is no evidence that transmission of the virus occurred either through staff or transport. The suggestion otherwise has no basis in fact.

 

 

Or. en