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PostSubject: KHV - Action Needed Now!   Thu Jul 22, 2010 11:17 am

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KHV - Action Needed Now!


July 2010, Defra ministers finally issued their decision regarding the classification of KHV - they opted for category 5. So what does that mean? Category 5 means that the government view the KHV situation in the UK as “infected beyond control”.

Defra’s decision is complete turnaround from the position they have held on KHV for the last few years of the unnecessarily lengthy consultation process. Post election, this decision offers a short term saving and ignores the long term risks. Reports and statistics have been manipulated to suit Defra’s ends resulting in a potential disaster for fisheries in the future. It has been underlined that this position is open to review at any time, and although ECHO will launch a judicial review to challenge the decision, it would really help if individuals could write to their MPs or the minister asking for him to reconsider his decision at the earliest opportunity.

For angling and fisheries to stand a chance against this fatal disease, we need to increase the classification to Category 4 - “diseased but with control policy in place”. Without Category 4 status, the doors are open to KHV infected fish entering our shores, leaving us little left to do apart from sweep up the carnage as it occurs.

Please write to the following address;

Jim Paice MP
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17 Smith Square
London
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PostSubject: Re: KHV - Action Needed Now!   Thu Jul 22, 2010 12:33 pm

Defra - the same people who said humans couldn't get mad cow disease.
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PostSubject: Re: KHV - Action Needed Now!   Tue Aug 24, 2010 7:15 pm

Remember, there's no point sending up the same letter 100 times from different people, they will then classify that as 1 letter. Here's a template for you to use and it's best to just take the sentiment and then write it in your own words.


Your Name
Your Address
On the bank
Wits End
KH5 4VV


Jim Paice MP
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Defra
Nobel House
17 Smith Square
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SW1P 3JR

26th July 2010

Dear Mr Paice,

Re: Defra Classification of KHV Category 5

It has been brought to my attention that Koi Herpesvirus (KHV) has remained classified under Category 5 status by Defra and this despite irrefutable evidence that the Dept. has in its possession concerning the devastating consequences this will have to angling in the foreseeable future.

KHV is not endemic, contrary to the ‘evidence’ that states otherwise, and the opportunity to eradicate this disease is still very much within our grasp. I would sincerely hope that the Dept. would seriously reconsider classifying KHV under Category 4 status at its earliest opportunity.

Yours sincerely,

Izaak Walton!



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PostSubject: Re: KHV - Action Needed Now!   Tue Aug 24, 2010 7:23 pm

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Please write to the minister gentlemen... you will get the same response as me, but the more people that write, the more they will have to think about. Copy of the 'brush off' below;







Please write asap, your time is appreciated.

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PostSubject: Re: KHV - Action Needed Now!   Sat Oct 09, 2010 9:18 pm

During the CVAC meeting the other night Mike Heylin Chairman of the Angling Trust stated correctly that it is one of the biggest threats to face modern day angling. More fisheries have been infected recently and KHV remains at Cat 5 with DEFRA.

As Richard quoted before...

Category 5 means that the government view the KHV situation in the UK as “infected beyond control”.

For angling and fisheries to stand a chance against this fatal disease, we need to increase the classification to Category 4 - “diseased but with control policy in place”. Without Category 4 status, the doors are open to KHV infected fish entering our shores, leaving us little left to do apart from sweep up the carnage as it occurs.

Also read this article from our Honary President Keith Arthur

If you have time please write to DEFRA, the copy is there.

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PostSubject: Re: KHV - Action Needed Now!   Sun Nov 07, 2010 6:55 pm

I finally had a reply last week, pretty much the same as Richards, will scan in tomorrow.

Do not believe the fight is over, the more the angling community presses, change can happen, is down to us.

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