Thursday, 2 June 2011

Classical Swine Fever: Listen Lithuania!

The writer is getting a sense of déjà vu. This is where he first came in eleven years ago: Classical Swine Fever- and the 2000 British epidemic, when government veterinarians faked test results.

Faced with a potentially disasterous problem, the Lithuanian state veterinary service has adopted the British state veterinary motto:

“Blame someone else, preferably innocent.”

with an interesting twist:

“Blame somebody else, preferably non-existent.”

 It has the advantage that you can’t find somebody who does not exist. They cannot protest their innocence. The innocent can bite back, as they have in Britain.

Lithuania has probably imported live pigs from somewhere inadvisable, or bought some infected semen perfectly legally and all sanctioned and organised by vets, to their profit too.

We will never find out of course, until a whistle blower emerges. That’s why whistle-blowers matter and why there are such efforts everywhere to silence them.

The writer knows. He did it, over Swine fever too, to our Parliament in Westminster and the European Union. 

He took the consequences:  it was tough at times.

He didn’t think such things could happen in England., but they can. It is very dangerous to whistle-blow on Britain's corrupt veterinary establishment.

Decent countries protect whistle-blowers from hardened criminals in government employ. If you don’t, you become a third rate criminalised backwater on your way down.

You get the governance you deserve in a country riddled with animal diseases : diseases that may also represent risks to human health.

The writer hopes Lithuania is listening and insists on getting the truth into the open.

The full report can be reached here

Lithuania bans live pig trade after swine fever cases

Published: 7:37AM Thursday June 02, 2011 Source: Reuters

Lithuania has banned the export and import of live pigs after swine fever was reported in the centre of the country.

The outbreak was registered at a 16,000-pig farm...

..."We are still trying to establish the source of the outbreak...

We don't rule out that the infection was spread intentionally," Jonas Milius, the head of veterinary service, told journalists.

"We asked the general prosecutor office to look into it," he added. He did not elaborate on why authorities suspected a criminal act....