May 12, 2005

Foot in mouth (so far)

Life is still pretty much as normal here on Waiheke despite the Foot and Mouth Disease "scare"/"hoax". There are controls in place to prevent the movement of cattle, pigs, deer, goats and hay off the island and vets are checking farm animals for any symptoms. Since the letter mentions Friday as a sort of D-Day with further releases, the Waiheke animals are expected to show FMD symptoms (if any) from Friday. So there's not much that can be done at the moment except keep searching for the idiot culprit who wrote the letter. There was a public meeting last night where MAF officials explained the measures in place and to be taken so everybody was quite reassured. No foot/shoe baths or washing tyres on cars at the ferry terminals are in place.
But quite a few strapping policemen caught my attention, as they would!

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