300 Bulgarian Farmers Form Human Chain against FMD Measures

Society | March 27, 2011, Sunday // 17:50|  views

About 7000 cattle and sheep are expected to be put down in the Strandzha Mountain reagion over fears of FMD. Photo by BGNES

About 300 Bulgarian farmers from the Strandzha Mountain region participated in a human chain to stop vets from killing their animals infected with the foot-and-mouth disease (FMD).

The farmers protested Sunday against the mass slaughter of about 7000 cattle and sheep over fears of FMD.

The human chain was formed by farmers from the villages of Golyamo Bukovo, Momina Tsarkva, Fakiya and Gorno Yabalkovo.

Despite their efforts, the vets killed all of the infected animals in the village of Fakiya. The herd was buried about 15 kilometers from the village.

The farmers demanded vaccines against FMD instead and said they are outraged because those whose animals have already been put down have received only BGN 900 per animal in compensations instead of the promised BGN 1 900.

"These are absurd and cruel measures and they will wipe out the livelihood of the local people," protesters said.

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Tags: farmers, protest, fmd, foot-and-mouth disease, Strandzha


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