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Redruth farmer hits out at anonymous threat to blacklist his products

By bevcoumbe  |  Posted: September 24, 2013


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A Redruth beef farmer has hit out at an anonymous group that threatened to blacklist his products if he failed to declare his views on the controversial badger cull.

Ashley Wood, who is chairman of Lanner Parish Council and runs Penhalveor Farm, said the email warned him that if he failed to respond it would assume he was supporting the cull.

The email then stated that it would send the farmer’s name to retailers and other consumers asking them to boycott his products.

The Government is currently undertaking two pilot badger culls in Somerset and Gloucestershire.

It is part of a series of measures to eradicate TB including testing for cattle and movement controls.

Mr Wood, who has been farming since the 1980s and has a small herd of organic beef, said he was outraged by the threat from people too cowardly to identify themselves.

He said: “The cull isn’t happening in this area. Legitimate boycotts are an effective tool and have been used effectively in Africa and other areas.

“But I don’t want anybody reading my mind and assuming my position whatever side of the fence I maybe on. It said we were dairy farmers, which we are not. I don’t see a necessity to say what my view is.”

He reported the email to the NFU who stepped in and tracked down the organisation that sent the email.

Mr Wood said the farmer’s union acted swiftly and served an injunction on the group preventing them from contacting him again.

Richard Angove, from the NFU’s Helston office, said he could not comment on the case because of data protection, but said it was aware of emails threatening to boycott farmers being sent in Cornwall.

He said: “We have seen a limited number of these emails. I think this is wrong because it assumes a person’s position.

“Emails can be tracked and traced, whether they are anonymous or not.”

Mr Wood also contacted the Soil Association and National Beef Association warning them of the practice.

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  • emurfitt  |  September 28 2013, 1:07AM

    Very good, beefbreeder. If wit could win the argument, this would clinch it! :-)

  • beefbreeder  |  September 27 2013, 3:38PM

    Do red herrings have more taurine than regular herrings?

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  • emurfitt  |  September 26 2013, 2:24PM

    mmjames. As you say, most people can make taurine from a balanced diet. Anyone needing a supplement of it can find it in synthetic form. Hardly justifies a mass, environmentally destructive beef industry with high incidents of degenerative diseases caused by cholesterol etc. Your point is a red herring.

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  • mmjames  |  September 25 2013, 10:39PM

    emurfitt Wednesday, September 25 2013, 8:27PM Sorry to have to tell you that YOU are in the wrong WRT the science of human nutrition. Just for starters look up taurine, an amino acid many can make for themselves when young but NOT as they age.

  • emurfitt  |  September 25 2013, 8:27PM

    My goodness me, mmjames. I had no idea these outmoded ideas about vegetarians and vegans were still being pedalled. There is nothing the animal world can add to the human diet that can't adequately be obtained from plant sources. People can eat what they please, but there is no evidence at all that says human beings need animal products in their diets to be healthy. Eating animals is an unhealthy, outmoded habit - not science.

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  • mmjames  |  September 25 2013, 6:11PM

    Spindleberry Wednesday, September 25 2013, 3:30PM "@mmjames No need to be rude ............. OK I should have put a ;) after it, but I was being serious also. I know a few folks personally - and many on a heart forum, who had to go back to eating a small amount of meat and fish after having problems with eyes, heart and depression. Some managed to get off all allopathic drugs when they went paleo after many years of depriving their bodies. Even apes eat the insects and bugs on and in their food in their natural environment. and our nearest DNA relatives chimps even hunt monkeys for their meat requirements. While some people's minds might be thought to be more evolved than others, their bodies are NOT.

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  • emurfitt  |  September 25 2013, 4:15PM

    Have you noticed how the pro-cull people always resort to personal insults and rudeness? This is what people do when they have no case.

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  • Spindleberry  |  September 25 2013, 3:30PM

    @mmjames No need to be rude. If one trawls the internet it is possible to find articles to back up whatever we want, here is a study that found that vegetarians, and particularly vegan men, live longer, healthier lives: http://tinyurl.com/ozu2r8b

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  • mmjames  |  September 25 2013, 11:47AM

    Spindleberry Wednesday, September 25 2013, 10:39AM This is a fairly old article but I'm sure you can find more if your brain still works. http://tinyurl.com/om3dtr2

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  • mmjames  |  September 25 2013, 11:44AM

    dandypeople Wednesday, September 25 2013, 10:39AM •No country has successfully tackled TB in cattle through killing wildlife. CORRECTION No country has successfully tackled TB in cattle WITHOUT killing wildlife. STOP LYING!

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