FEB 01] COVENTRY CITY COUNCIL NEWS
Children Ordered Home In Foot And Mouth Scare
from Coventry schools have been barred from an education centre
during the foot and mouth crisis, and animals at the city’s
RSPCA home have been isolated.
from Ernesford Grange Primary School are returning from the Plas Dol-y-Moch
Outdoor Education Centre in Wales.
now they have been forced to stay in the grounds of the centre in
Snowdonia for fear of spreading the disease.
centre will close tomorrow and other trips by city children have
been temporarily cancelled. Those who were booked to go will
National Park has requested that:
order to prevent the spread of foot and mouth disease, walkers
are requested to keep away from farm and grazing land -
including public rights of way through farmland".
Plas Dol-y-Moch estate includes grazing land, and is surrounded by
farmland, and it is impossible for the centre to continue its
nature and outdoor lessons without the risk of spreading disease.
RSPCA home has been ordered to put animals in isolation to prevent
the risk of foot and mouth disease spreading, and an education
centre used by city children is closing during the crisis.
at risk from disease include sheep, goat, hedgehogs, deer , rats
and mice, and those at the Coventry centre in Browns Hill Lane
will be kept away from other creatures.
animals on the affected list will be rehomed until the all-clear
have been banned from going to farms unless it is absolutely
essential, and anyone who does go will be forced to follow strict
Superintendant Tom Austin said:
an organisation which handles thousands of animals every day,
the consequences of this outbreak are grave indeed.
are liaising closely with MAFF to prevent any unwitting spread
of the disease, and to safeguard the animals in our care."