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22 February 2001
PROTECT US FROM FOOT
& MOUTH DISEASE - CALL OFF THE COUNTRYSIDE MARCH!
Animal welfare organisations including Viva!, PETA and
Animal Aid today called upon the Countryside Alliance to
cancel the Countryside March in light of the foot and mouth
The march is due to take place in London on Sunday March
18th. Farmers from across the country are due to converge on
the capital to campaign for ‘rural issues’ - including the
right to hunt and kill foxes.
But campaigners today described the march plans as ‘reckless
and irresponsible’. Foot-and-mouth disease can be carried by
dust and vehicles as well as in the clothes of people who
are in contact with animals.
Pig Diseases says that the disease is “an acute and very
contagious viral disease” which “can remain infective... for
4 weeks on hair, 15 weeks on leather and 20 weeks on hay or
straw at room temperature.” (1)
“If the Countryside Alliance are genuinely concerned about
the countryside, it is their duty to call off this march,”
says Viva! spokesperson Becky Smith. “The consequences would
be catastrophic. Thousands of farmers will be crowded
together in the streets of London and this highly infectious
virus could spread like wildfire.”
1. D.J. Taylor, Pig Diseases - seventh edition. Published by
the author, 1999.
More information from Becky Smith on 0117 944 1000
or contact the press office at Animal Aid on 01732 364546
or PETA on 0208 870 3966