Reporting of suspect bovine TB in hounds.

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Dear Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs,

Recently you answered a question regarding bovine TB in fox hounds.

As you are well aware fox hounds quite regularly come into contact with cattle. As there was a suspicion of bovine TB....

A. Why were there no autopsies carried out to confirm the cases instead of considering a suspicion.

B. If a disease is suspected is it not a legal requirement to inform and work along side defra to determine if this was bovine th?

C. Have any restrictions been placed on the movement of fox hounds due to the suspicion of bovine TB.

Yours faithfully,

Williams

Helpline, Defra (MCU), Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

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no-reply@defra.ecase.co.uk on behalf of Ministerial Contact Unit, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Dear Williams,

Thank you for your email of 19 September about the risk of bovine TB
transmission from hunting hounds.

Many non-bovine animals are susceptible to Mycobacterium bovis infection,
however, evidence suggests that non-bovine species other than the badger
are generally 'spillover' hosts and appear to pose a very small risk of
spreading Mycobacterium bovis to cattle and badgers.

There is no evidence to suggest that dogs play a significant role in the
persistence of bovine TB in England, or that hunting with dogs contributes
to the spread of the disease in cattle. Nevertheless, we take biosecurity
and animal welfare extremely seriously and expect hunt organisers to put
in place appropriate measures to protect people and animals from the risk
of disease.

Statistics on TB in non-bovine species, including dogs, can be found at
https://www.gov.uk/government/statistica...

Yours sincerely,

Ministerial Contact Unit

Defra

Dear Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs,

Can you confirm the number of dogs you tested for bovine TB. There are no figures. And how many dogs from the kimblewick hounds did you test.
Also you did not answer my initial question.
Yours faithfully,

williams

Helpline, Defra (MCU), Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

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Enquiries APHA,

Ref: ATIC1496

Dear Williams

Thank you for your request for information about TB testing of dogs, which
we received via DEFRA on 15 October 2018.  Your request is being
considered in respect to the access to information legislation.

As required by the legislation, we aim to answer your request within 20
working days from the date we received it.  If for any reason we are
unable to meet this deadline we will keep you fully informed of the
reasons for this.

In the meantime, if you have any queries, please contact the Access to
Information Team at the email address below.

 

ACCESS TO INFORMATION TEAM

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Enquiries APHA,

Dear Williams

 

Thank you for your request for information which we received on the 15
October 2018. This request was passed to the Animal and Plant Health
Agency to respond by the Department of Environment, Food and Rural
affairs.

 

We are now writing to you to seek clarity on your request to allow us to
begin searching for the information you are entitled to, subject to any
exemptions that may apply.

 

In your request you ask for:

 

‘Can you confirm the number of dogs you tested for bovine TB. There are no
figures. And how many dogs from the kimblewick hounds did you test.’

 

The first line of your request asks for the number of dogs tested for bTB
but does not state a timeframe or specific incident to attach this request
to. For example would figures from a specific year help answer your
enquiry (2017) or a range of years 2016-2017? Or are you asking for the
number of dogs tested following notification of a specific outbreak of
bTb?

 

The next part of your request asks for the number of hounds tested at
‘kimblewick’. To be able to search for the information on our systems
could I ask you to supply more details on the name, address, post code or
any other identifying information you may have?

 

Please be aware that the provision of this clarity does not guarantee we
hold the information you have requested, but it will give us a starting
point from which we can begin our search.

 

It would also be helpful to be able to categorize this request as either a
Freedom of Information request (FOI) or a Subject Access Request (SAR).
The latter (SAR) would be invoked if you were asking for information on
your own behalf for example if you were the owner of the hounds at
kimblewick. If you are asking for your own information we would have to
satisfy ourselves as to your identity by production of a copy of your
passport and a recent utility bill in your name. If this is a FOI request
and you have no connection to the hounds at kimblewick I need to remind
you of the GDPR 2018 guidance on 3^rd party information, details of which
can be found here: [1]GOV.UK

 

Please also be aware that whilst we await satisfactory clarification on
your request it will remain on hold with the statutory deadline for reply
only commencing at that point.

 

Regards

 

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Enquiries APHA,

Dear Williams

 

We wrote to you on the 16 October to ask you for clarity on your request
(see below) and to determine whether this was a Subject Access Request or
a Freedom of Information request. As we have not received any clarity on
either, this request has now been cancelled. This does not prohibit you
from making a new request, but please be aware the new legislative
deadline will begin upon receipt of any new request.

 

Regards

 

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From: Enquiries APHA
Sent: 16 October 2018 13:15
To: [FOI #520654 email]
Subject: ATIC1496

 

Dear Williams

 

Thank you for your request for information which we received on the 15
October 2018. This request was passed to the Animal and Plant Health
Agency to respond by the Department of Environment, Food and Rural
affairs.

 

We are now writing to you to seek clarity on your request to allow us to
begin searching for the information you are entitled to, subject to any
exemptions that may apply.

 

In your request you ask for:

 

‘Can you confirm the number of dogs you tested for bovine TB. There are no
figures. And how many dogs from the kimblewick hounds did you test.’

 

The first line of your request asks for the number of dogs tested for bTB
but does not state a timeframe or specific incident to attach this request
to. For example would figures from a specific year help answer your
enquiry (2017) or a range of years 2016-2017? Or are you asking for the
number of dogs tested following notification of a specific outbreak of
bTb?

 

The next part of your request asks for the number of hounds tested at
‘kimblewick’. To be able to search for the information on our systems
could I ask you to supply more details on the name, address, post code or
any other identifying information you may have?

 

Please be aware that the provision of this clarity does not guarantee we
hold the information you have requested, but it will give us a starting
point from which we can begin our search.

 

It would also be helpful to be able to categorize this request as either a
Freedom of Information request (FOI) or a Subject Access Request (SAR).
The latter (SAR) would be invoked if you were asking for information on
your own behalf for example if you were the owner of the hounds at
kimblewick. If you are asking for your own information we would have to
satisfy ourselves as to your identity by production of a copy of your
passport and a recent utility bill in your name. If this is a FOI request
and you have no connection to the hounds at kimblewick I need to remind
you of the GDPR 2018 guidance on 3^rd party information, details of which
can be found here: [2]GOV.UK

 

Please also be aware that whilst we await satisfactory clarification on
your request it will remain on hold with the statutory deadline for reply
only commencing at that point.

 

Regards

 

[3][email address]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA). This email and any attachments are
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APHA systems, we cannot accept responsibility once it has left our
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