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FOOT AND MOUTH - New chance for Mossburn sanctuary animals

Posted 11 May 2001

Animal Aid welcomes the decision to grant Mossburn Animal Sanctuary leave for appeal:

Animal Aid today welcomes the decision by the Court of Session in Edinburgh to grant Mossburn Animal Sanctuary leave for appeal against an earlier court ruling that the Scottish Executive (SE) was legally entitled to kill 17 goats and sheep who had found sanctuary at Mossburn.

The Mossburn animals had been targeted for slaughter by the SE as part of its plans to control foot and mouth disease. This is despite them showing no signs of the disease a full six weeks after infected animals at a neighbouring farm were slaughtered.

Animal Aid regards the SE's destruction order as vindictive and unjust and calls upon it, at this late hour, to withdraw the cull order.

Farmers across the UK have shed very public tears when their animals have been condemned under the foot and mouth cull programme. And yet those same animals had been produced and fattened in order that they be killed for meat. The weeping farmers, in any case, are on the receiving end of generous public compensation packages. The Mossburn Sanctuary animals, by contrast, are truly loved and protected, and the distress shown by Juanita Wilson and her colleagues is genuine and heartfelt.

The order to kill Juanita's animals is motivated by spite for someone who stands as a reproach to an industry that breeds animals solely to be exploited.

Animal Aid promotes a cruelty-free lifestyle, which includes a diet free of the flesh and secretions of animals.

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