The UK's Contingency Plan for FMD and scientific research

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Captain Bryn Wayt

Dear Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs,

Dear Sir/Madam,

I would like to ask a few questions under the auspices of the FoI Act 2000 relating to FMD in the UK.

Q 1. What is the verbatim legality, Chapter and verse, of a Defra licensed VO causing a sign to be “put up” which charges the owner of a farm he has FMD on his premises when that fact has NOT been proven ?
I suggest such an action is an offence against the farmer’s Human Rights and is totally illegal.

Ref: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/sy...
5.2 Suspect Premises (SP)

After arriving at the premises and carrying out the initial investigation, if the VO is unable to rule out disease, samples will be taken. The VO will also serve a notice on the occupier of the premises designating it a Suspect Premises (SP) and explaining the legal requirements that will remain in place until either disease has been ruled out or disease is confirmed. The measures include: [not the full list]

* Putting up warning signs at the entrance to the SP – ‘Foot and Mouth Disease – Keep Out’;
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To try and show, “where I am coming from” I put the case that the keeper of a car cannot be served with a “Notice of Intended Prosecution” for a speeding offence just because his name and address popped up against the car registration, that vehicle having been photographed by a ‘Speed Camera’ as allegedly breaking the speed limit.

Q 2. Why is DEFRA allowed to mirror this error in Common Law, and get away with it, in their FMD Contingency Plan dated Nov 2011 ?

Q 3. Has the AHVLA published, or been associated with, research with a certain type III interferon which can rapidly protect cattle against FMDv as early as ONE day after vaccination ?

Yours faithfully,

Captain Bryn Wayt

Mawhinney, Guy (NCS), Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

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<<Acknowledgement letter RFI 7587.pdf>>

Dear Captain Wayt,

Please see the attached acknowledgement of your request for information.

Yours sincerely,

Guy Mawhinney

Information Rights Team

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Dear Captain Wayt

<<RFI 7587 response letter.pdf>>

Please see the attached response to your request for information, which we
received on 16 June 2015, about the UK’s contingency plan for FMD and
scientific research.

Yours sincerely,

Guy Mawhinney

Defra FOIA and EIRs Team

Area 4C, Nobel House, 17 Smith Square, London, SW1P 3JR

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