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Schedule 2 - Scrapie

Part of Animal Health Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 5:15 pm on 4th December 2001.

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Photo of Bill Wiggin Bill Wiggin Conservative, Leominster 5:15 pm, 4th December 2001

I have a separate concern. Animal owners, by being forced to co-operate under the wording, might go through such traumatic experiences that they might be driven to suicide or other terrible acts. The Bill will not ease the lot of animal owners, so it will not encourage the co-operation that it should. It is deeply flawed. Any responsible animal owner would want to help an inspector and prevent the spread of any disease, even if it were only scrapie, but the Bill is overtly draconian. The impact on the mental state of animal owners has not been considered.