A leaked document from the State Veterinary Service has raised again the whole issue of a Public Inquiry into the Foot and Mouth outbreak of 2001.
DEFRA has denied a 'cover up', but law specialists are considering whether there is a case for compensation for consequential losses as a result of the latest information.
Those who might consider a claim are :-
The countryside and the farming community need to move on, but to do so they need to know the truth and receive fair compensation if it is due to them.
- The 62 swill feeders, who were put out of business 'overnight'
- The 60,000 farmers who were put under 'Form D' restrictions which trapped animals on farms, causing suffering to many, and left farmers with no income for months
- the Tourist industry which also suffered huge losses with some of these too going out of business as a result.
NB The figures to date
- There were 2026 confirmed cases of Foot and Mouth
- 10,000 farms were slaughtered out
- 3.7 million animals were slaughtered
- The costs to date are £8 billion.
- Some contractors who helped with cleaning etc are still awaiting payment from the Government