Fighting Brucellosis

NORTHERN IRELAND, UK - Agriculture Minister Michelle Gildernew has met Justice Minister David Ford to discuss the situation regarding Brucellosis related crime and other rural justice issues.
calendar icon 7 October 2010
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After the meeting, the Minister said: “This meeting has provided me with an opportunity to update my Executive colleague, David Ford on the devastating impact that crime can have on isolated rural communities. I have taken the opportunity to brief the Minister on the latest situation regarding Brucellosis related criminality. I have outlined current investigations being undertaken by my officials in relation to alleged incidents of the deliberate infection of herds with BR.

“Brucellosis is one of the most costly animal health problems we are facing in the north. In 2009/10 the cost of controlling this disease was £10million. Any individuals who purposely cause BR infection in cattle or are engaged in agriculture-related crime will be pursued vigorously by Government and other relevant authorities.”

The Minister also focused on rural crime, she said: “Rural victims of crime are often the most vulnerable in our society and I am also meeting the Chief Constable Matt Baggott next week to also highlight this issue.

“We all need to work close together across Government and public authorities to redouble our efforts to protect rural society from crime.”

In conclusion, she said: “We have both pledged to work closely with Executive colleagues, and relevant bodies to tackle the complex issues surrounding the prevention and further reduction in crime levels in rural areas.”

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