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REVIEW OF ILLEGAL MEAT TRADE IN THE UK

Courtesy Warmwell

The illegal meat trade is now the third largest illegal trade in the UK, one worth an estimated £1 billion a year. So much of vital national and international importance is connected to the illegal meat trade issue: the spread of viruses and zoonoses - including Ebola, the threat to public health through the spread of "dirty meat", the constant risk of infection to livestock, secret and inhumane slaughtering, exploitation of Third World wild animals and habitats.

Central authorities, usually so eager to impose their blanket regulations on the law-abiding, appear to show little enthusiasm for devoting resources to stopping and prosecuting those involved in the illegal trade. It is well known that criminal gangs involved will stop at nothing to protect their source of easy millions.

A courageous fighter on our behalf, Dr Yunes Teinaz, will be speaking on the Illegal Meat Trade and food safety at the North East Region Annual Symposium, Britannia Hotel, Newcastle Airport - 5th to 7th April 2006. Dr Teinaz was recently quoted in the Observer 'In one of the biggest cases I was involved with, in which we had seized 250 rotten sheep carcasses and 100 sheep heads, the criminals ended up with a £250 fine and 140 hours of community service. I got my car clamped on the same day and it cost me nearly as much,'

See also Simon Hoggart's recent comment in the Guardian "Doomed".