STATISTICS ON CONTIGUOUS CULL APPEALS
DEFRA HQ has details of 103 cases
of appeals against the contiguous cull policy. In addition a significant
number of cases were dealt with at a local level on which DEFRA
HQ do not have specific case information.
DEFRA HQ were involved in a total of 60 cases
|Type of case
|High Court (Injunctions sought by MAFF/DEFRA)|
|3, of which 2 were won by DEFRA, 1 was lost. This later became an IP|
|Farmer backed down and animals were slaughtered|
|23, of which 4 tested serologically positive|
|DEFRA reassessed case and animals were spared|
|16, of which 1 later became an IP|
|Cases ran out of time ie more than 21 days elapsed since the original Infected Premises was confirmed|
Additional cases resolved at local level of which DEFRA HQ
|Type of case||No.
|Appeals upheld by local DVM (Divisional Veterinary Manager)|
|Appeals denied by local DVM
|Cases confirmed as Infected Premises pending a decision from the DVM|
Appeals information from Thirsk, North Yorkshire
In Thirsk, an area where rapid localised spread
of disease threatened to spiral out of control this summer, 55
local appeals to the Divisional Veterinary Manager were lodged
against the contiguous cull.
Of the 29 upheld by the DVM, 9 subsequently were
confirmed as Infected Premises, in turn triggering additional
contiguous culling. Contiguous premises to two appeal cases ultimately
rejected by the DVM also became IPs, in turn triggering the culling
of their neighbouring farms.
The view of Government vets and epidemiologists
was that such appeals hampered efforts to bring the mini epidemic
in this area under control, posing a threat of disease spread
to the pig intensive area of Yorkshire and the Humber.
Of these 23 premises DEFRA HQ has records of 14 serological tests,
of which as stated 4 were positive. Back
Of these 16 premises DEFRA HQ has records of 13 serological tests
of which as stated one was positive. Back
As 21 days is the maximum incubation period for the foot and
mouth virus, these animals could no longer be suspected of harbouring
disease and so were spared. Back