This is Part Two, it's about serious questions being asked in parliament regarding MAF's disastrous experiment into an "unknown organism with the potential to cause international trade disruption", and the fact that MAF sold several horses infected with an unidentified organism which MAF themselves had classified as having the potential to cause major international trade disruption - to a local meat company in Masterton, Farm Meats.
Here are the records of the experiment, drafted by Project Manager Mark Bosson. You'll notice that they are extremely unprofessional, and in fact, they look like they've been drawn up by a standard one science student- not someone doing a Masters Degree at the taxpayer's expense! You'll also notice that the horses, and in particular the one referred to as Alpha, the only male horse of the four used in the "fatal fiasco" (Dominion Post November 29 1999 I think, will check soon) failed experiment Bosson was in charge of, were definitely infected and exposed to the unidentified disease, and it was indisputably recorded that this was so, in BOTH sets of records, the original set, and the second set of records Bosson made up to try and ameliorate his culpability.
The Minister lied in Parliament, saying the horses had not been exposed to infection, and it was "standard procedure" to sell them to a meat works. The Animal Ethics Committee were rightly horrified, but the Minister thought it was fine. Here are the records, which show that every one of the horses exhibited symptoms of being infected with the organism:
After the serious injuries suffered by the horses, and the obvious neglect and lack of appropriate or skilled or experienced care for the four horses was revealed by the report of the Maidstone Vet (up soon), another set of records was drawn up, this one:
This also confirms that the horses were showing symptoms of being infected with an unidentified disease, they were all exposed to infection and they were all infected to some degree.
Now look at how MAF reacted to the complaint, click on the images to enlarge them.
up a story about me being a mad woman and suffering some sort of vague mental illness, thereby conveniently diverting attention away from the scandal.
"Well Nicci I suppose as Finola said, we weren't ever going to write the perfect script. Just one step at a time to shut down as many avenues as possible."
"In terms of the animal ethics issue, if you and Hugh feel there is any legal risk if she were to take up an issue, I would move to deal with it, otherwise just ignore it again."
And on it goes . . . click on it and read it for yourselves, it's outrageous!
"She rang Rhoda today (Thursday).
Having talked with Vicki Bee, George Capes, Hugh and Grant, I told Rhonda to try and fob her off "
Unfortunately she threatened to go to the papers, so I spoke to her"