||Betty is a Shetland
Sheep breeder in the Netherlands. Together with 2 partners she keeps a
flock of pure bred Shetlands. She is the contact person for the Shetland
breed in the Netherlands and maintains contact with the breed societies
in the UK and America. She is one of the founder members of ELA together
with Peter King.
Her interests are sheep, wool, genetic resources, animal healt, especially
mineral deficiencies. She has agreed to become acting chair man untill
a permenent successor is elected.
attended agricultural college in Scotland, England and Wales. In 1974,
he started farming on 15 Ha of Hill land (now part of a World Heritage
site) near Abergavenny. Later he purchased 17 ha bare field and woodland
in Herefordshire to establish a small mixed biodynamic farm. He was elected
to the Council of the Biodynamic Agricultural Association of UK in 2000.
He is stakeholder representative to DEFRA FMD meetings, London. Coordinator
of Herefordshire Biodynamic group, shortly taking up post as coordinator
of Herefordsire Organic Producers. In March 2001, most of his stock was
slaughtered because of the FMD outbreak. Chris obtained a MSc degree in
Sustainable Agricultural Systems, Royal Agricultural College, 2003, with
a dissertation on UK perspectives of the 2001 FMD epidemic.
Cahuzak studied agriculture, animal health/diseace prevention en communication
skills at the Agricultural university in Wageningen. After finishing her
studies she worked at several positions at the Ministry of Agriculture,
mostly doing advisory work and communication. From 1998 until december
2011 she was elected in several positions within the Dutch Labourparty,
at local, national and European level. As a member of the local executive
of the Labourparty she closely followed the outbrake of the Q-fever in
the Netherlands in the province of Noord-Brabant in The Netherlands. Many
things went wrong, mostly the communication between the officals and the
farmers, the communication between the involved Ministries and most of
all the communcation between the officals and those who were infected
bij the Q-fever-virus. She too became ill. These experiences motivated
her to become the secretary of the council of ELA.
Members of Council Sabine Zentis
1968 6 month post
as student trainee (biological research) at CIBA, Basel.
1971 BA Hons. degree in Geography, University of Oxford. Member of Oxford
Women's Expedition to the Canary Islands (Lanzarote)
1969 1972 Post Graduate Certificate of Education in Geography, University
2001 onward Independent "research" work into FMD, avian influenza,
and blue tongue.
Some background:My father was a vet working on FMD in 1967 and 1942.
My Scottish relatives' farms were affected by FMD in 2001. My work in
a government department was invaluable as it introduced me to legislation
and helped me to think analytically. It also introduced me to the mindset/way
of thinking of a government department!When FMD broke out I followed
it very closely and became "involved" after having contacted
several farmers directly and having heard their stories first hand.
I was so moved by the suffering, both human and animal, and the appalling
and unnecessary carnage that I resolved to try to do something about
it. It soon became clear thanks to interviews by genuine FMD experts
and also from information available on the internet that the science
was not sound. I also became very disturbed by the massaging of the
killing figures/statistics, and was very concerned that the general
public were completely unaware of what was really happening.I then found
Warmwell, and that was the bedrock for all information. It was fundamental
to all of my work on FMD. Also the website Farmtalking.com provided
much useful information particularly from Scotland. I joined NFMG (The
National Foot and Mouth Group) which campaigned for sound science and
for a stop to the mass slaughter of healthy animals. As a result of
the the information collected I was able to make submissions to all
the 2001 FMD Inquiries, and later to the Anderson Inquiry FMD 2007.
I have also, thanks
largely to Warmwell, and more recently ELA, followed events closely
concerning avian influenza and blue tongue, and provided information
to appropriate individuals/organisations.
MBBS (London 1973) MRCP ( UK 1977) BFA oxon. (1982) MSc (1984) MRCPath
I have a small farm in Carmarthenshire, South West Wales. It is some
70 acres and has a variety of eco-habitats. I have some welsh black
cattle- a bull called Arthur and cows with calves. I also have some
sheep, Brecknock Hill cheviot and Herdwick. Recently I have acquired
some chickens, silver grey dorkings, welsummers, copper and black marans
and New Hampshire redsI bought my small upland farm in the autumn of
2000 when I took early retirement from medicine because of ill health.
I wished to contribute to conservation of our wild native plants and
animals as I had always loved rambling and walking. Traditional farming
has been responsible for creating and maintaining biodiversity on our
small and crowded island for the last 5,000 years or so. As I was learning
about organic farming (I knew nothing about farming at all before) FMD
broke out in February 2001. I was horrified after several weeks had
passed and vaccination was not used. I wrote my first letters of protest
in March. I was fortunate to meet Professor Fred Brown, Dr Sutmoller,
Dr Barteling and Dr Keith Sumption. I joined the movement to press for
modern diagnostic methods and vaccination. I supplied statements to
the three enquiries set up afterwards, as I have most recently to the
Anderson enquiry on the escape of FMD from Pirbright in 2007.Since 2001
I have spoken out on SARS, avian influenza, the recurrence of FMD in
2007, bovine TB ( I provided expert evidence to support the case to
spare Shambo for Skanda Vale monastic community) and bluetongue virus
serotype 8. I have retained my fascination for infectious disease and
viruses in particular, and learnt more about another area, infection
of animals particularly domestic animals. My area of expertise is not
only clinical virology on a broad scale but practical bench knowledge
of testing and its application and use individually and in the more
general areas of infection control and policies to prevent infection
or give post exposure prophylaxis. I do not have a research back ground
though I have done projects and carried out techniques such as Western
blots and PCR and gel electrophoresis.