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UK Foot and Mouth Epidemic of 2001: A Research Resource
Legitimising the Cull: The Animal Health Act (2002)
One of the major responses of the Government to the criticism of the contiguous cull was to introduce into Parliament a Bill known as the Animal Health Bill. After a protracted passage in Parliament, the Bill was finally enacted into law and is cited as The Animal Health Act 2002. (Full Text)
For other useful resources on the passage of the Bill into law see:
The Act provides a legal basis to the contiguous culling policy utilised by the Government to confront the 2001 epidemic that many had viewed as illegal.
The explanatory notes for the Animal Health Act state that the enactment has two main purposes. The first is to provide additional powers to tackle FMD and for these powers to be extended to other animal diseases by order. The second is to provide additional powers to deal with transmissible spongiform encephalopathes (TSES) in sheep. The Act also makes a number of amendments to the enforcement provisions of the Animal Health Act of 1981.
Many believed that the passage of the Act was to scapegoat farmers for the spread of the 2001 epidemic, instead of the Government owning up to its mishandling of the crisis.
reservations and criticism of the Act, the Animal Health Minister declared
that "In the event of a future outbreak, we need to make sure
that we have a wide range of