~ World's current policies on eliminating animal disease "outdated, inhumane and uneconomical"
Telegraph obituary for Roger Breeze (Credit: Kaveh Sardari) says that he believed that
- "the developed world's
current policies for detection and management of such diseases, based on culling the host animals rather than stamping out
the pathogen involved, were not only outdated, inhumane and uneconomical, but also rendered the countries
concerned susceptible to potentially devastating introductions of pathogens by terrorists."
Two days earlier appeared the Telegraph obituary for Ian Mercer CBE, who led the excellent and fearless Devon Inquiry into the 2001 FMD disaster. As the obituary tersely remarks:
- "His report concluded that the government's handling of the
crisis had been "lamentable"."
After 15 long years, one looks in vain for a clear, practical, humane and easy to follow Contingency Plan. What is so urgently needed is a plan in which the rapid on-site diagnostic efficiency advocated by Roger Breeze is acknowledged, the proper realisation of the need for local expertise to be able to take charge from the outset (as pleaded for by Ian Mercer's Devon Inquiry) is evident and first choice "vaccination to live" policies, justified by ever-better vaccines, are all adequately prepared for and clearly set out.