Hoof and Mouth Disease

by Scott Smith

New Foot-and-Mouth Case in Britain, New York Times, Sept. 13, 2007.

In a report on the August outbreak, the government said that it had most likely been caused by drainage problems at two animal-disease research laboratories — one privately owned, the other run by the government — at Pirbright, in Surrey. Milton Park Farm is about 10 miles from Pirbright, but Ms. Reynolds said it was too early to determine the cause of the latest case.

I keep reading about all of the family farmers who have been put out of business in England because all of their animals had to be culled. If it turns out to be true that the research laboratories are responsible for the outbreak, shouldn’t all of those families be reimbursed for their losses so that they can continue making their living? Does it not work that way in England?