1.Smallholders pre-eminently contribute to maintaining/protecting biodiversity.
They help prevent extinction of rare breeds. FAO instructs governments to
protect these animals/species. The EU endorses this and so do the member states.
-“Could you tell us how much of the European directives on this subject have already been transmitted into the national contingency plans on animal disease control?”

2. There are many more smallholders than commercial holders. In every country there are different types of smallholders (there are those who have animals just for their pleasure and those who breed special/rare breeds and also those who keep animals as a supplementary food supply for the family). During the large scale outbreaks of the past years smallholders have been treated similarly to the big commercial holders, whereas they mostly represent very different actual veterinary risks, as the research results showed.    
-“ Do you agree that the starting point for disease control should be the risks for public health and the veterinarian risks? And therefore, shouldn’t there be a differentiation in control for smallholders and commercial holders? And do you agree that vaccination should be a more important means to fight animal diseases?”

3. The European countries that have had to eradicate healthy animals in the past years.  All had the same findings: killing healthy animals has no ethical and social support.          
-“Do other countries have to experience the same things all over again to come to  the same conclusions?”

4. “In view of a possible connection between Creutzfeldt-Jakob and scrapie, can you answer for the persevering measures of drastic selection on the basis of genotypes in breeding sheep, considering the limited scientific views on the subject?”
Europe supports maintaining genetic biodiversity, but by issuing these extreme measures they only contribute to genetic impoverishment of the population of sheep, with all the risks evolving.

5. Vaccination for FMD is possible now. Yet, up to now no directives for animal disease control by means of vaccination, have been made. The various parties just can’t agree on who is to pay. The choice is either kill the vaccinated animals, including the animals of smallholders, or keep them alive, in which case farmers get duped because the meat industry will not take vaccinated products. As a representative of the meat and dairy industry, you have a great social responsibility here.
-“Could you tell me how you are going to fill in this responsibility?”
-“And what can the European consumer organisation BEUC do?”


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