Scotland’s farming union, NFU Scotland, has today welcomed
the lifting of the final remaining foot and mouth disease restrictions,
whilst highlighting the need for urgent compensation for Scotland’s
All movement restrictions in Scotland imposed as a result of the
foot and mouth outbreak in Surrey will be lifted from midnight tonight
NFU Scotland officials are meeting with Hilary Benn, Secretary
of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs this evening
to highlight the ongoing problems in Scotland that have been caused
by the outbreak.
Jim McLaren, NFU Scotland President, said:
“This is news that will be welcomed by many and is much needed.
It will certainly go some way towards easing the frustration caused
by the restrictions resulting from Foot and Mouth.
“However, the disease and its implications have led to an
acute welfare and financial crisis in rural Scotland which has developed
over the last ten weeks and which has now reached immense proportions.
“We are meeting with Hilary Benn this evening to impress
upon him the need for the UK government to take moral and financial
responsibility for this disease outbreak and the resulting damage.
The UK Government cannot, and will not, be allowed to sit back and
watch Scotland’s livestock industry sink into oblivion.”
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