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Inglis Urges Minister to Start Vaccination Plan

Wednesday, 12th September 2007

Meanwhile Inglis has written to NSW Minister For Primary Industries Ian McDonald noting: "We feel it necessary at this time to state our position. Inglis currently has 2 directors in Kentucky for the Keeneland Yearling Sale, an event attended by many of the world's leading thoroughbred participants. The message being told to our representatives by some of the leading authorities in the equine world is 'Vaccinate'. They are being told that the longer the virus goes unchallenged, the stronger it grows & as it mutates it has the capacity to create far greater devastation than that already being felt throughout NSW & Queensland. We would urge you to show leadership at this critical time for our industry. We have heeded your call for containment & it is not working. For the unaffected states of Australia to be putting their heads in the sand & saying they won't allow the virus into their areas is naive. To allow this vital industry to survive we urge you to adopt the following management policies: (1) Formulate & oversee a vaccination programme for equine influenza for the equine industry of Australia comprising all states & breeds. (2) Lift the ban on horse movements to allow broodmares to move between clean farms in NSW, allowing for them to stay in affected areas until the restrictions are lifted in that district & reliant upon a negative test for equine influenza & the completion of a relevant quarantine period."

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