- Title: GERMANY: CULL FEARS AFTER SUSPECTED GERMAN-BORN COW DIES OF BSE.
- Date: 23rd January 1997
- Summary: BERLIN AND FREIENHAGEN, GERMANY (JANUARY 23, 1997) (RTV - ACCESS ALL) FREIENHAGEN 1. GV/MV: WIDE OF BEEF FARMS (3 SHOTS) 0.23 2. MV: SIGN/ ZOOM TO COWS IN FIELD, TWO BROUGHT FROM BRITAIN 0.36 3. GV: FARMER IN FIELD WITH COWS 0.44 BERLIN 4. GV: DUTCH AGRICULTURE MINISTER JOZIAS VAN AARTSEN WALKING DOWN STAIRS 0.53 5. MCU: AARTSEN SPEAKING ABOUT THE BSE SCARE IN GERMANY (GERMAN) 1.16 FREIENHAGEN 6. MV: COWS IN FIELD WHICH COULD BE EFFECTED BY POSSIBLE CULL 1.27 7. MCU: FARMER GUENTER NOLTE SAYING "I KNOW MY COWS DONT HAVE BSE, IT IS RIDICULOUS. UNLESS THEY CONVINCE ME THEY HAVE BSE, I WILL PHYSICALLY BLOCK THEIR WAY WHEN THEY COME WITH THEIR SYRINGES TO SLAUGHER MY COWS -- THEY WILL HAVE TO GIVE ME THE SHOT FIRST BEFORE THEY CAN TOUCH MY COWS." (GERMAN) 1.49 8. MCU/GV: VARIOUS OF COWS (3 SHOTS) 2.07 Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved.
- Embargoed: 7th February 1997 12:00
- Location: BERLIN AND FREIENHAGEN, GERMANY
- Country: Germany
- Reuters ID: LVACM8HV41KBQ8VQIX1MP09U15FS
- Story Text: INTRO: German beef farmers may be facing a cull of their cattle after the death of one cow which may the first born in Germany to die of BSE, madcow, disease.
-------------------------------------------------------------------- A German consumer group said on Thursday (January 23) the slaughter of 5,200 imported British and Swiss cattle was not enough to calm public fears that a new case of mad cow disease could be the first in an animal born in Germany.
Officials agreed the cull at an emergency meeting on Wednesday and also decided to put 14,000 Swiss and British cattle under observation while scientists established if the Galloway cow at the centre of the latest case was German-born.
The new case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), or mad cow disease, set alarm bells ringing after the agriculture ministry said on Tuesday the calf, which died in December, had been born in Germany to a British mother.
Germany's previous four BSE cases all involved animals imported from Britain.
Britain and Switzerland are the two countries with the largest number of BSE cases. Britain alone has recorded around 165,000 in the last 10 years and slaughtered around one million animals in response to the problem.
But the officials at Wednesday's meeting said there were doubts about the origin of the animal in the new case and they would wait for the results of more tests before deciding on the fate of the offspring of British and Swiss cattle in Germany.
The AgV said the confusion in the latest case proved controls on animals of foreign animals were not working.
But Agriculture Minister Jochen Borchert said the fact the case had come to light and that swift action had followed were proof that the current controls were effective.
"Germany remains a BSE-free country," he told Reuters Television. "Let me stress again, there is absolutely no risk for consumers here. Our meat is of superior quality." Dutch Agriculture Minister Jozias Van Aartsen, after a meeting with his German counterpart, agreed with the German standpoint.
Experts say they are perplexed by the latest case, which involved a cow from a farm in the western town of Hoexter.
The mother, who was slaughtered last year in the Netherlands, had shown no signs of BSE and had produced a second calf, which seemed healthy. That calf has now been killed and is undergoing tests.
Scientists have not yet proved that BSE can be transmitted from mother to calf.
A German farmer from Freienhagen has a cow herd of about 60 cows, two of them imported from Great Britian. If there was a slaughter of the offspring of British cows, Guenter Nolte would lose half his herd.
Nolte said the authorities would have to give him the first shot before he would allow them to kill his cows.
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