Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Defra Chief Vet"risked bringing the veterinary profession into disrepute." BBC

Something has to give, either the all-powerful British vetocracy or Defra's, Britain's deceitful agricultural ministry and it's in-house veterinarians.

The vetocracy, that's the self-regulating veterinary elite, are clearly worried about Defra and the pressing need for genuine reform.

They know that if they do not force reform, it will be forced upon them all.

The badger cull is just another issue that Defra, and it's predecessor MAFF, have screwed up and by no means the most important. Re-branding the ministry has failed to stop a long series of disasters and cover-ups.

The human health issues arising on a much wider front from sick livestock are the more serious risk to veterinary self-regulation and the future of veterinarians in Britain. A life without prestige, self-congratulation, patronage, easy money and endless gongs looks bleak indeed to their leaders.

It is very telling that it takes the BBC to break this story nationally. There is nothing in Britain's farming media yet, and what will appear will doubtless be behind password protection, watered down and vet friendly.

The trade media are in the pocket of the veterinarians and drug sales advertising. They would not survive if they criticised British veterinarians: they would get no inside tip-offs, no news and no advertising.

BBC report here. As always read in full

28 October 2013 Last updated at 01:23

Advice on badger cull extension challenged

England's chief vet has rejected accusations his advice to ministers
on the badger cull risked bringing the veterinary profession into

In official advice, Nigel Gibbens said extending the culling period
would help to achieve the earliest and greatest possible impact on
bovine TB.

But vets have questioned the grounds for the extension, saying it
risked spreading TB to badgers and cattle...

Tuesday, 22 October 2013

"It is the biggest food fraud of the 21st century"

Not our words, but The Guardian this morning opening yet another investigation into the horse meat scandal. Hard hitting stuff and doubtless justified.

Two governments paralysed by their own civil servants' involvement in, and tolerance of, organised crime. If they investigated properly, many of their vetocracy would finish up behind bars

Is it connected to the various animal health, superbug and zoonotic scandals covered here and on uk.business.agriculture ?

Probably not directly.

It crosses in one or two places and involves some of the same cast of characters, but the horse meat fiasco is far less serious.

What it does clearly show is that the claims to transparency in Britain and Ireland are a sham, and that organised crime runs many activities in rural Britain, led by dubious deceitful Defra: Britain's truly atrocious agriculture ministry.

The British and Irish farmer is merely the first victim of state sponsored crime.

The full lengthy and detailed Guardian article is here

...It is the biggest food fraud of the 21st century; it led to the withdrawal of tens of millions of burgers and beef products across Europe and a promise from David Cameron that everything possible would be done to get a grip on a "very shocking" crime. However, 10 months on, the details of how horse meat came to adulterate large parts of the British and Irish food chain are still being kept from the public...

Sunday, 6 October 2013

USA seeking information worldwide on Circovirus including dogs

Fascinating insight into circovirus in dogs illustrating the potential value of the archives here and on the British newsgroup uk.business.agrculture to the United States government.

The first part of this post on ProMed is familiar from my last post, the second is the Centre for Disease Control in Atlanta, Georgia seeking information on Circovirus elsewhere in the world.


"...I was wondering about the prevalence of circovirus in dogs or other animals in countries outside the USA, especially since this was newly found in pigs earlier this year [2013] in the USA..."

Of course, they might believe the 13 year barrage of stalking, harassment and defamation suffered by the writer.

On the other hand, they might wonder why someone thought it worthwhile to organise such an operation and what might be the purpose of fabricating material easily disproved by checking the official British government records.

Either way, they will find plenty of interest here on this blog or on the newsgroup. All my very extensive records, including much not published, save anything subject to the British Official Secrets Act, are, of course, available to the authorities in the USA.

Friday, 4 October 2013

"Dog-killing illness may affect humans" Michigan vet

And, do you know, she might just be right!

If there is any connection between Porcine Circovirus and human health, we have something potentially very dangerous, and probably to those most vulnerable.

Anyway, we can’t see a veterinarian saying anything like that publicly in Britain: the subject is taboo.

Circovirus certainly does not travel alone. It seems to prepare the way for other otherwise unconnected illnesses in pigs. Why not in man?

We have been writing about Porcine Circovirus under its many names and manifestations for thirteen years. This Michigan veterinarian is not the first to suspect risks to humans.

You will find many references to Circovirus and its dangers on this site, please use the search function on this page.

Be sure to read Kathy Lynn Gray's article in full here.

Dog-killing illness may affect humans, Michigan vet says

By  Kathy Lynn Gray

The Columbus Dispatch Thursday October 3, 2013 11:38 AM

A Michigan veterinarian said this morning that a virus believed to be killing dogs in Ohio may be what has been sickening and killing dogs in her state for more than a year.

And she said the virus might be passing from humans to dogs and from dogs to humans.

Dr. Lindsay Ruland said her clinic in Ann Arbor, Emergency Veterinary Hospital, has seen hundreds of cases of dogs with the symptoms attributed to canine circovirus: vomiting and bloody diarrhea, quick onset of lethargy, abdominal pain and severe inflammation of the intestinal tract.

“This is like nothing we’ve ever seen before, and I don’t know if it’s multiple viruses in combination or just the circovirus,” said Ruland...

...Ruland said the symptoms have shown up at their emergency clinic during the human flu season, beginning in August, and appear to show up in dogs whose owners also have flu-like symptoms. She said she and her staff have had flu-like symptoms after treating dogs with the symptoms.

She said human symptoms are abdominal pain, nausea and breathing issues...

...She said her clinic has seen 20 to 30 cases since August and had six dogs with the symptoms die in the last month.