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GUEST,Phillip BS: Foot& Mouth reaches N.Yorks (39) RE: BS: Foot& Mouth reaches N.Yorks 15 Apr 01

This morning, Easter Sunday, the front page of our newspaper here in Canada has excerpts from an open letter written by Tony Blair to the citizenry of Canada, urging us to come to Britain and not worry about transmitting F&M. The same newspaper carries articles about Marching Season being curtailed or cancelled in Ireland, dude ranches in Alberta cancelling reservations from British tourists and various concerns about transmission of the disease to wild animals like elk and deer in our National Parks. British visitors have for some time been denied from visiting Canadian farms for 14 days by law but most farmers are making blanket prohibitions. Isn't the global economy a wonderful thing?

I personally think it is a shame that the country whose fertile fields had supplied breeding stock to the pastures and piggeries of the world now finds itself unable to react quickly enough to stem this disease this time and puts itself at risk of permanent damage to it's export markets. The sad fact of the matter is that Britain as an island nation cannot feed itself and relies on the rest of the world for a stable, clean, available and CHEAP food supply but seems willing to throw up it's hands in helplessness. If the entire country is deemed to rely more on tourism than on agriculture, I urge you to think back a scant 60 years when a hostile nation attempted to starve Britain into submission. The moaning about temporary loss of some freedoms expressed in these posts makes me wonder how seriously these matters are being taken. The defiant tones expressed,"Nothing is going to stop me...." are the greatest ally that the insidious virus has.

Are music festivals really more important than the welfare of agriculture and the life of Brtain's farm families. If they are, then "Eat, drink, and be merry, for tomorrow we die!"

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