Crofters are calling on the UK government to recognise the urgent animal welfare issues being created on Scottish hills and islands as a result of the Foot and Mouth outbreak in Surrey.
SCF Chairman Norman Leask said, “We fully support the huge efforts being made in Scotland to address a looming animal welfare crisis, but we are increasingly frustrated with the failure of the UK government to act. In a situation which appears to be all of their making, DEFRA is refusing to shoulder their responsibilities and do everything in their powers to prevent an animal welfare disaster. Grass is disappearing like snow off a dyke and lambs must come off the high hills now.
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