TONY BLAIR IS IN PERSONAL CHARGE OF THE UK'S OUTBREAK OF FOOT AND MOUTH DISEASE

This is a picture of a one-day old lamb in Norfolk. To provide it with fresh pastures and a chance of life means crossing a public road, and the farmer that owns this lamb has not been allowed to move his sheep since the beginning of the foot and mouth outbreak, because of government-imposed movement restrictions. This farmer has 400 ewes giving birth in this field over the Easter weekend.

Our Government says that this lamb will be slaughtered as soon as possible on welfare grounds. In reality, this lamb is one of thousands across the country that will either starve to death or drown over the next couple of days.

Over 408,000 slaughtered animals are lying on farms awaiting disposal and the Government doesn't know where to put them. Another 540,000 animals which have been confirmed as having, or are suspected of having, foot and mouth disease are awaiting slaughter. Happy Easter!

THIS LAMB DOES NOT HAVE FOOT AND MOUTH DISEASE - THERE HAVE BEEN NO CASES OF THE DISEASE IN NORFOLK.

TONY BLAIR IS IN PERSONAL CHARGE OF THE UK'S OUTBREAK OF FOOT AND MOUTH DISEASE.

Picture source: Daily Telegraph - Front Page: Friday 13th April, 2001. Picture by Alban Donohoe

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