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January 12 2009 ~ Western Isles: Crofters call for vaccination to be voluntary as it is in the Shetland Islands

Letter published in full in Stornaway Gazette Jan 2009

Dear Sir, Madam,

Please could the wording of this vote be less ambiguous, or is this particular wording to get the 'required' result?

I believe in vaccinating my animals and am glad that is is compulsory, but when I went to vote I'm tempted to put my tick in the 'yes' box - because I strongly believe the Western Isles should vaccinate!

How can we keep infected midges out of our islands when no other country has managed to do so and why would anyone want to buy our unvaccinated animals at the end of the year?

Yours faithfully,

Joyce Ross North Uist