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Two Devon mothers take their fight to MAFF's front door

Added: (Sat Jun 02 2001)

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Dated 2nd June 2001

From: The F & M "Real People, Real Lives" Campaign
7 Park Place, Winkleigh, Devon, EX19 8JN

Contact: Sara Mitchell Tel: 07979 608 939/ 01837 83155
Sarah Waldron Tel: 07980 146 233

Two Devon mothers take their fight against Foot and Mouth's ongoing devastation from the heart of Devon right to M.A.F.F.'s front door.

Many communities in Devon are suffering terribly - from the physical and psychological to the economic and emotional. Two mothers from the heart of Devon have found their voice and are using it to shout loud so that someone where the decisions are made can hear them, take note and do something. In an amazingly short space of time (less than two weeks) they have organised a powerful campaign and gathered a huge amount of local support and encouragement. In only five days they have gathered a petition of 5,000 signatures.

"The people of rural Devon are at their wit's end. No one seems to be listening. Out of the county the impression seems to be that it's all over here yet pyres are still being built and plans made for future culling," says Sara Mitchell, one of the two mothers behind the campaign. "I've heard too many awful, awful stories over the last few weeks - I can't just sit and say and do nothing."

Accompanied by their children, Sara and Sarah are taking the petition right to the front door of M.A.F.F.'s headquarters in Smith Square, London on Monday 4th June. "The damage being done in our name to people, animals and land will affect my children and generations unborn. Media coverage seems to be deliberately being restricted and cover-ups made. The public outside of Devon don't realise the extent of the animal and human suffering still going on here. Healthy animals are still being killed - and killed needlessly, carelessly and callously. We need new guidelines and legislation and a public enquiry into the catastrophic mismanagement of this crisis. We need action to save our communities. This shouldn't be happening now and must never happen again."

The Minister of Agriculture has been asked to show his concern and compassion by being at M.A.F.F.'s headquarters to receive the petition from the two mothers and their children.


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