The Animal Health Bill continued its passage through the House of
Lords last week with very little change except that the Government withdrew
their clauses on differing levels of compensation. This, of course, was no
victory as all farmers will have their own insurance policies and thus it was
merely clearing the way for this to happen.
Although Baroness Byford
tried to amend the clause that forces owners of animals to help with the
slaughtering process so that it read, "may reasonably require" this amendment
After going through over 300 amendments the Committee
stage closed with many of them being withdrawn NOT moved.
The Lords will
now consider the information received from the Report Stage which has been
scheduled for the 22nd and 29th of October and the 4th of November leaving time
for the Bill to become law by the end of the parliamentary session in five weeks
It was very clear from speaking to the public outside Westminster
during our demonstration that they are totally unaware that the Bill exists nor
of the implications of the legislation that is proposed.
Mitchell who stopped to speak with us before going into the House to vote with
the Government said that the public were no longer concerned about Foot and
Mouth. We disagree with this and argue that the problem is that the legislation
is being brought through without the knowledge of the public behind the
smokescreen of the ban on hunting.
Our purpose is to make the public
aware of the Bill and its far reaching implications for both our animals and our
Countryside, so once again we will be demonstrating in London and handing out
information when Report stage begins and we will continue to inform the press
and as many people as we can and distribute information leaflets in support of
those Lords who are speaking out against the Bill. His Lordship, the Bishop of
Hereford told us that they were doing their best and we appreciate their efforts
but fear this legislation will become law despite their efforts.
help us to highlight this Bill? I know we all feel tired out trying to do
something and getting nowhere but we need one final spurt (its our last chance!)
Can you: -
l) Contact as many papers, magazines, radio stations
etc as possible
2) Inform other lists that you may be on
out our leaflets, which explain what is going on
4) Distribute the new
Lords lobby cards that are available
PLEASE HELP WITH THIS FINAL SPURT
WHATEVER WAY YOU FEEL ABLE TO.
I look forward to hearing from you
With best wishes
E-mail - VSueRemus@aol.com
REMUS MEMORIAL HORSE SANCTUARY
ANIMAL LEGISLATION INFORMATION