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The CLA petition calls on DEFRA "to resist the decision to implement sheep EID, as it would add disproportionate and significant practical and financial burdens to the industry in this country, threatening the very future of the industry while showing no benefit for the producer or consumer."
See also petition on the Prime Minister's website at

Warmwell has amassed many pages on the question of scrapie since first becoming aware in 2001 that reasons were being sought drastically to reduce sheep numbers in the UK. The justification for double tagging would seem to be based on the theory that sheep scrapie could be masking BSE ( This idea was exploded once and for all in January 2007 (Hansard) ).
No justification for double tagging exists. As those most knowledgeable try to explain, the present existing system of sheep identification, and batch recording of sheep movements, is an efficient and cost-effective way of controlling animal diseases .

"......I could add many other issues to do with double-tagging of sheep, electronic identification and many more, but unless there is a clear benefit to be gained from a regulation, it is pointless. I question considerably the need for them, but the key point in this debate is that all those things restrict farming's ability to increase production..." James Paice 30 Jun 2008 HoC debate

"Anything that is likely to prove a great problem for the British sheep industry such as double-tagging and no burying will be supported by countries like France and Ireland who would dearly love our sheep meat market. Jeff Swift Over the Gate

The Electronic Identification of sheep is due to become compulsory in January 2010 - what follows is just some of the comments and news posted on


August 21 2008 ~ EID threat could wipe out sheep farming and change the face of the countryside

August 15 2008 ~ Double tagging - "threatening the very future of the industry while showing no benefit for the producer or consumer..."

July 12 2008 ~ Double Tagging "Defra is talking as if it has won the World Cup but it's not that clever..."

Tuesday 8 July 2008 ~ "more ripped ears and infections than I ever want to see again"

May 23 2008 ~ "many more farmers will abandon sheep production under the burden of yet more bureaucratic futility...."

March 15 2008 ~ Revolt over double tagging

March 2 2008 ~ "virtually the entire sheep industry, reckons that these plans are unworkable"

January 29 2008 ~ "No one can give any specific situations where recording the individual identities of sheep will show a benefit or will be required"

January 18 2008 ~ "Tagging wouldn't come close...."

December 17 2007 ~ EU ministers agreed on Monday to introduce electronic tags for millions of sheep and goats across the European Union by the end of 2009

June 22 2007 ~ "...breeding for scrapie resistance has little or no impact on a number of commercial traits."

March 26 2007 ~ As for the reality of "surveillance"

March 21 2007 ~ "new life to the theory that mad cow disease started out in cattle, rather than crossing over from sheep."

February 2 2007 ~ National Scrapie Plan - Ram Genotyping . "Closure of the scheme"?

January 11 2007 ~ "the prevalence of BSE in the UK sheep population is most likely to be zero, or very low if present at all."

June 14 2006 ~ "....a message of this kind will create serious difficulties for sheep farmers at a time when they least need further problems from government agencies"

April 12 2006 ~ National Scrapie Plan " the VRQ allele, currently being eliminated under the NSP, appears to confer resistance to this strain of the disease."

March 9 2006 ~ "Can the Minister please explain why, in a situation such as that surrounding scrapie, BSE, CJD or foot and mouth disease, the Government seem to turn to scientists who are not regarded by their peers as experts in the area while ignoring those who are?"

March 6 2006 ~ "One certain thing is that we have been eating scrapied sheep for 200 years and nobody has come to any harm." Professor Hugh Pennington

A European wide programme to eradicate sheep and goats susceptible to scrapie was given justification by fear of vCJD. Such public fear has been increased by speculation in the press of a "timebomb" disease - (whose numbers have in fact dwindled with 17 cases in 2002 and 18 last year and 142 deaths globally overall.) - by the death of one elderly patient who died of causes unrelated to vCJD but in whose spleen an abnormal prion protein was found; an incident publicised only five years later in August 2004.
BBC: Professor Ironside "I'm not in the business of scaremongering....."
Professor John Collinge : "There is considerable uncertainty over how this will unfold. ....."

21st October 2005 ~ Another "heresy" about rogue prions

20/21 February 2005 ~ Here and in Europe, the National Scrapie Plan rolls on - in spite of serious worries.

October 29 - November 4 2004 ~ All farmers who report and have a confirmed case of the Scrapie in their flock will now have to cull the whole flock

Dissenting voices.
... Organophosphates, BSE, CJD, Scrapie, Prions, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome,
Pesticides, Industrial Pollutants, Metals, Soils, Diet. Alan ... - 62k - Cached - Similar pages

Who is questioning the scientific reasoning of the German ...
... In fact, Iceland has only ever witnessed two cases of CJD in its entire medical
history, and these victims had both hailed the scrapie-free district in the far ... - 9k - Cached - Similar pages

CJD/BSE link?
... Urgently neededstraightforward, Lab research : Identify what is bound to the histadine
sites of the octapeptide repeat in BSE, CJD and Scrapie prion material. ... - 2k - Cached - Similar pages

... Scrapie. ... The relationship between BSE, scrapie and variant CJD
is unclear and largely conjectural. ... ... CJD/BSE/Scrapie..the truth? ... ... - 101k - Cached - Similar pages

VETERINARY TIMES Volume 33, number 2, 27 th January 2003
... Epidemiological studies from around the world had moreover failed to identify
a causal link between scrapie and CJD. With the emergence ... - 32k - Cached - Similar pages

The Times Magazine: 6/5/00
... misfolding of the prion protein [in the brain]," confirms Dr Brown, "and perhaps
there is some link between this and the prion diseases [scrapie, nv CJD and BSE ... - 11k - Cached - Similar pages
... 2. Prion diseases by Dr Susan Haywood. The relationship between BSE, scrapie
and variant CJD is unclear and largely conjectural. ... - 39k - Cached - Similar pages

Muckspreader 20 november 2003
... they can prove a link between scrapie and BSE, this would be a tremendous breakthrough,
because it would show there may be a link between eating sheep and CJD. ... - 4k - Cached - Similar pages

Dr Dickinson
... of the Agricultural Research Council, who was working on scrapie, telephoned the
MRC to alert officials to the risk of transmission of CJD through human growth ... - 6k - Cached - Similar pages

Warmwell's Lessons Learned session. 23 May 2002
... lost face? Could the FMD policy and the scrapie/BSE/CJD fiasco have been
genuine attempts to do good? If so, whose good? Who can ... - 15k - Cached - Similar pages

Studies at King's College, London, under the supervision of Prof. ...
... Hormone Preparations" were contaminated with prions which caused "CJD" in some ... with
current concepts of molecular biology and proposes BSE/scrapie are produced ... - 16k - Cached - Similar pages

... CJD/BSE/Scrapie..the truth? Slaughter and Test figures requested - by County.
Vaccination and Transmission (notes). Alan Richardson Veterinary Times article. ... - 23k - Cached - Similar pages

... 1. Scrapie is a fatal neurological sheep disease belonging to a group of diseases ...
spongiform encephalopathies (TSEs), including BSE in cattle and CJD in humans ... - 6k - Cached - Similar pages

Eating meat 'may still pose CJD risk'
... cattle and sheep may harbour deadly levels of prions that cause variant CJD. ... the
University of California in San Francisco had shown that scrapie-infected mice ... - 5k - Cached - Similar pages

Dr Alan Dickinson's work on scrapie is of the first importance
... Furthermore, this finding was not a surprise because the work with scrapie in mice
had ... for example on occasion by leading members of SEAC." ( BSE/CJD page). - 8k - Cached - Similar pages

September 29 2004
... sheep farmers in Iceland fail to contract CJD because they consume ample seafood
which contains all of these antioxidants, whereas their scrapie riddled sheep ... - 8k - Cached - Similar pages

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... Indeed, as CJD figures continue to decline, the evidence seems only to confirm ... which
had for centuries been susceptible to a related brain-disease, scrapie. ... - 5k - Cached - Similar pages

From: ProMED-mail <> Source: Eurosurveillance ...
... TSE), the family of illnesses that includes Creutzfeldt Jakob Disease (CJD) in humans,
Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) in cattle, and scrapie in sheep ... - 5k - Cached - Similar pages

Hard evidence has been amassed which indicates that vCJD and BSE ...
... agent, the whole propaganda myth that BSE was caused by scrapie became impregnated ...
brain tissue taken from those who had died of conventional CJD - once again ... - 69k - Cached - Similar pages

The Mark Purdey page on warmwell
... All the money has been cornered by the SEAC people [the Government's independent
advisors on BSE and CJD], who were dealing with scrapie at the time of BSE ... - 17k - Cached - Similar pages ...
... The aim was unquestionably a worthy one because CJD is a most tragic disease ... meal
could have also contained remains from sheep infected with scrapie (a brain ... - 5k - Cached - Similar pages

A letter to the now defunct Select Committee on Agriculture, which ...
... a component of the 1:50,000 rate of incidence of CJD in humans. It seems reasonable
to conclude that the scale of exposure of humans to scrapie strains during ... - 16k - Cached - Similar pages

Mark Purdey's explanation of the origins of BSE is gathering ...
... All of them had succumbed to scrapie, while no other sheep on the island ... Orava Valley
in Slovakia, Purdey found, one in a thousand people have contracted CJD. ... - 10k - Cached - Similar pages

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... There is still no incontrovertible proof to link scrapie, BSE and new variant
CJD, despite the best efforts of certain scientists. ... - 80k - Cached - Similar pages

inbox email
... nor , indeed, has any proven link between BSE and CJD been established. Why, then,
are we preparing for a concerted campaign against scrapie which is more ... - 9k - Cached - Similar pages

Search for BSE in muscle meat draws blank
... mutated "prions". These are the defective proteins believed to cause
brain-wasting diseases like BSE, vCJD and scrapie. Prions are ... - 4k - Cached - Similar pages

New test for BSE in sheep could lead to draconian measures
... Research on BSE in cattle, scrapie in sheep and Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD)
in humans has been seriously hindered by the lack of a test that can identify ... - 5k - Cached - Similar pages

From my investigations I also came across information about BSE ...
... investigations I also came across information about BSE/vCJD, scrapie, and indirectly ...
been exposed to the infectious prion proteins that cause variant CJD...". ... - 5k - Cached - Similar pages

SDC Network 1998
... that only one in ten systems tested, was capable of deactivating the scrapie/BSE
agent. ... is now known as vCJD, the first person ever to suffer from CJD was just ... - 18k - Cached - Similar pages
... equivalent - variant CJD. There were just too many radical flaws blighting the
hypothesis that bovine ingestion of micro doses of scrapie-contaminated MBM lead ... - 15k - Cached - Similar pages

The English Disease
... hundred years. Detailed studies had shown not a scintilla of evidence
for a connection between scrapie and classical CJD. So it ... - 28k - Cached - Similar pages

Animal Health Bill
... am sorry to interrupt the noble Lord. There is still no proven connection
between BSE and CJD or between scrapie and BSE or CJD. ... - 101k - Cached - Similar pages

... See more on the BSE/CJD page ... He added: "It is a more robust package of BSE and scrapie
measures designed to bring us into line with EU regulations." We wonder ... - 101k - Cached - Similar pages

The BSE Inquiry / Statement No 74
... immune reactions in the brain during scrapie infection ... My 1976 initiative concerning
the contamination of human growth hormone. with CJD agent (see paragraph [52 ... - 101k - Cached - Similar pages

warmwell sitemap
... 90/424/EEC: Council Decision -compensation for vaccinated animals.
CJD/BSE/Scrapie..the truth? High Court judgement in full. Anger ... - 77k - Cached - Similar pages

Observer feb 10
... And once the Animal Health Bill is in place, and they've got some flimsy evidence
for a link between scrapie and CJD, they'll come again for those.'. ... - 24k - Cached - Similar pages

From Jane at the Farmtalking website:
... Some sheep have suffered from Scrapie for generations and humans have eaten the
meat with no ... The only certainty is that the disease BSE and CJD and vCJD are ... - 24k - Cached - Similar pages

The site just shows what a corrupt World we live in.
... The reason that BSE, Cjd and scrapie are all related to the prion theory
is that it is totally corrupt science. If the alternative ... - 2k - Cached - Similar pages

about warmwell
... The whole thing is based on a fallacy. Scrapie has no known adverse effect on human
health. No links between scrapie and CJD have been demonstrated. ... - 101k - Cached - Similar pages

The last two days have seen many concerned people, including ...
... Scrapie cannot be proved to have any link with BSE - which in turn cannot be proved
to cause CJD - yet the bill is hoping to ride on the current whipped up ... - 32k - Cached - Similar pages

Mark Purdey
... eat their scrapie affected sheep (brains included) immediately the first symptoms
of this rapid wasting disease are recognised. Yet, no cases of CJD have ever ... - 49k - Cached - Similar pages

TSE (England) Regulations 2002
... science and I shall also take up that issue. There is no real scientific
proof of the link between BSE and CJD or BSE and scrapie. ... - 101k - Cached - Similar pages

Spin Alert
... Greger, who is on a cross-country tour raising awareness of CJD and warning ... EXTENSION
OF RULES FOR HILL RAMS IN NATIONAL SCRAPIE PLAN DEFRA News Release Sept ... - 89k - Cached - Similar pages

Scrapie caused BSE in Meat and Bone Meal....Rubbish
... pesticide inputs required for growing grass to produce meat and milk. ....
Read more from Mark Purdey on the CJD/BSE/scrapie page. - 3k - Cached - Similar pages

Letter from Mark Purdey to the 'Farmtalking' forum 12 July 2004
... The scrapie agent in the feed merely represented an ideal misappropriated scapegoat
for ... I have researched in the US involved the development of CJD in the ... - 7k - Cached - Similar pages

Sheep threat fenced out Estimates of CJD risk from sheep remain ...
Sheep threat fenced out Estimates of CJD risk from sheep remain woolly. ... assumes that
BSE can spread from sheep to sheep in the same way as scrapie, a similar ... - 5k - Cached - Similar pages

Bert Bruins has asked us to send out a reminder of the conference ...
... BSE is assumed to be infectious and to be the cause of CJD in humans. ... practices would
have on the infectious agents behind both BSE and scrapie, a similar ... - 28k - Cached - Similar pages

In a letter to the Telegraph (unpublished at the time of going to ...
... 100 people have died as a result of the tragic horror of variant CJD. ... Primarily,
they bring together key domestic controls on BSE and scrapie which have grown ... - 4k - Cached - Similar pages

archive August 02
... Furthermore, this finding was not a surprise because the work with scrapie in mice
had ... for example on occasion by leading members of SEAC." ( BSE/CJD page) ... - 101k - Cached - Similar pages

inbox email
... called Deadly Feasts Science and the Hunt for the Answers in the CJD Crisis by ... MATERNAL
TRANSMISSION I know this from girl working on BSE and Scrapie in DEFRA ... - 4k - Cached - Similar pages


BSE Inquiry / Statement No 23 Scheduled to give evidence on 02/04 ...
... as first identified, my actions and statements about BSE and nv CJD and the ... The officials
said this was because the scrapie-contaminated food was banned in 1988 ... - 37k - Cached - Similar pages

Animal Health Bill
... scaremonger, threatening millions of people with the possibility of contracting
CJD from eating ... I am not against the eradication of scrapie from our flock but ... - 73k - Cached - Similar pages

[PDF] Elevated silver, barium and strontium in antlers, vegetation and ...
File Format: PDF/Adobe Acrobat - View as HTML
... crystals theory explains the presence of florid plaques surrounded by a halo of
spongiform change in the cortex of vCJD brain (Courtesy of CJD Surveillance Unit ... - Similar pages

inbox new
... scrapie is a transmissible spongiform encephalopathy similar to BSE in cattle that
has been linked with more than 130 cases of the fatal human variant CJD" and ... - 101k - Cached - Similar pages

From Pat Innocen's message to the Smallholders' Newsletter at http ...
... There is also no proven link between BSE and CJD. She ... Scientific opinion
on TSEs includes the need to monitor BSE and scrapie. There ... - 17k - Cached - Similar pages

Extracts from the speeches of some of the speakers in the Second ...
... date, there has been no sound scientific evidence that either sheep scrapie or meat ...
We have no sound scientific evidence that variant CJD is caused by eating ... - 101k - Cached - Similar pages
... claim that the BSE strain originated on many occasions from scrapie strains being ...
no other explanation other than BSE as the cause of variant CJD is considered ... - 101k - Cached - Similar pages

Here is your Smallholders Online newsletter no. 64
... Slaughter, enforcement and the scrapie powers linked to the Act are due to come
into ... because it is feared they may be contaminated by variant CJD, BBC Radio ... - 81k - Cached - Similar pages

National FMD News Archive
... Ministers are concerned that scrapie in sheep is under-reported and are desperate
to get ... Japanese researchers create prion antibody to help CJD, BSE Kyodo News. ... - 101k - Cached - Similar pages

essential reading
... V TOP LINKS between vCJD...BSE....scrapie....
. and research grants. ... Charles backs controversial CJD research Telegraph ... - 101k - Cached - Similar pages

INBOX warmwell April - Mid August 2004
... Aug 3 ~ The Journal reports that the National Scrapie Plan has now collected over
one million blood samples from over 21,000 flock visits."... ... - 101k - Cached - Similar pages

National Press at
... He added: "It is a more robust package of BSE and scrapie measures designed to ... the
time: "We still do not know how many people might be incubating variant CJD. ... - 101k - Cached - Similar pages

about warmwell
... scientific knowledge to safely proceed with any move to eliminate scrapie-resistant
genotypes ... dealing in the attempts made to stifle his research into BSE/CJD. ... - 101k - Cached - Similar pages

about warmwell
... October 22 - Oct 29 2004 ~ breed quality is being threatened by Wales's scrapie
eradication programme..."So why do we need to start meddling?". ... - 101k - Cached - Similar pages

We attended the Green Party conference in Exeter today on the ...
... of the Medical Research Council's prion unit, who discovered that variant CJD was
the ... issues." ENDS 26 October 2001 Ministers plan ram cull in scrapie fight By ... - 30k - Supplemental Result - Cached - Similar pages