MEP To Fight Feed Ban Lift

WORCESTERSHIRE - An MEP has vowed to fight "ethically wrong" EU proposals to lift a ban on feeding animal remains to livestock.
calendar icon 4 September 2007
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Neena Gill claims that a relaxation of the ban would affect religious groups and vegetarians, as well as diminishing confidence in farming practices.

She said that the ban has "allowed all members of the community to be reassured of what they are eating and drinking" and should not be lifted.

The ban was introduced in 2000 following the BSE crisis, in which infected carcasses were fed to cows. The new proposals from the EU commission date back to December and although research is still at a very early stage, Ms Gill is adamant that the lifting of the ban would be unpopular in the community. She said: "Many different people of the community would be affected by such a ban being lifted. Vegetarians who eat dairy products would find this new proposal a breach of their lifestyle."

Religious groups would also be concerned, according to the MEP.

She said: "This issue has also been raised with the Muslim community in Worcester as they are alarmed at the prospect of pork being fed to livestock."

Source: Worcester News

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