A dif­fer­ent view

Central and North Burnett Times - - VOICE OF THE BURNETT -

IWOULD like to ad­dress state­ments made by Jea­nine Hamil­ton on Face­book, and in­cluded in the ar­ti­cle Hen­dra, Oc­to­ber 23 is­sue of the CNBT.

She states: “In­stead of con­stantly hound­ing the horse own­ers, let’s get the gov­ern­ment to sub­sidise the vac­cines or do some­thing about the over­pop­u­la­tion of bats.”

I per­son­ally agree with her, but even if the bat pop­u­la­tion is re­duced the risk of hen­dra virus will not di­min­ished. To stop horses get­ting Hen­dra from bats, ev­ery bat in Aus­tralia needs to be de­stroyed. This is not go­ing to hap­pen. The gov­ern­ment did put funds to­ward the re­search and de­vel­op­ment of the vac­cine, as did Zoetis (then Pfizer). Horses be­ing used com­mer­cially, the business needs to pay its way.

She states: “I agree there are ques­tions about the vac­cine...” It is sim­ply a mat­ter of ac­cept­ing the an­swers, even if they don’t suit the pri­vate agen­das of peo­ple who op­pose the vac­cine for rea­sons un­known to me. This vac­cine is very safe and very ef­fec­tive.

She states: “...we re­search and take the best course of ac­tion that we can for our in­di­vid­ual sit­u­a­tion.” I state very strongly that the course of ac­tion for ev­ery in­di­vid­ual sit­u­a­tion is to vac­ci­nate horses at four months old.

She states: “I don’t be­lieve that my un­vac­ci­nated horses at home are of any risk, nor do I think my vet is silly

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