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I fear many farmers like him who have been treated in this manner will never trust a vet again.

Have at last heard back from the RCVS, about the complaint that I made on behalf of Mr. P, which has just been considered by the Preliminary Investigation Committee. As some of you will remember, Mr. P had all the animals killed on his farm (pigs, cattle, sheep, even pullets) because of 'dangerous contact' - and then, a ewe and her lamb which had somehow escaped the cull turned up later and Mr. P decided to keep them,saying that they brought him one last little ray of hope. Unfortunately, MAFF noticed them and said they must be slaughtered but, as it was 31 days since the cull, Mr. P refused to allow them on his land, and demanded a blood test for the sheep.

MAFF refused to do a blood test, a deadlock was reached - and Mr. P was told that nothing would be done that day, but that MAFF would seek an injunction. He went to fetch his grandchild home from school and, when he came back,the ewe and lamb were dead on the path and just about to be taken away. No A notice had been served. Mr. P was desperately upset and became very depressed and ill - as well as losing his last creatures, he was shocked that a vet had lied to him and betrayed him (as he said, he had always been brought up to have a great respect for vets and couldn't believe that this had happened - he was also horrified by the bullying and unpleasant way in which Mrs. Beavan had spoken to him). I helped him put in a complaint to the RCVS months ago - and we have just heard the result. This is a copy of the letter they sent to Mr. P:

Well, so that's all right then!!

I am furiously angry about this - poor gentle, kindly Mr. P hasn't even received an apology. I fear many farmers like him who have been treated in this manner will never trust a vet again.

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