FROM: INDEPENDENT CATTLEMEN OF NEBRASKA
person: Linda Wuebben, Communications Director, 402-357-3778 or CEO Louis Day,
RELEASE - December, 2008
BIOSECURITY LAB WILL BE MOVED TO KANSAS
The Independent Cattlemen of Nebraska (ICON) are very disappointed the Dept. of
Homeland Security is still considering moving the Biosecurity Research Lab from
the isolated Plum Island Facility which is offshore four miles east of Long Island,
The Plum Island lab has done research on diseases such as Foot
and Mouth Disease for over 50 years.
The location has helped to avoid
potential outbreaks much like what has happened recently in England. Thousands
of heads of livestock raised in Great Britain had to be destroyed when a research
lab there had an outbreak and the animals were put down to contain the infectious
The Bush administration acknowledged earlier this year there has
been accidents at the Plum Island lab but were contained because of the remoteness
and natural barriers.
ICON feels it is totally irresponsible for the Homeland
Security or the USDA and APHIS to even consider allowing this move to Kansas,
which is especially close to the center of the largest concentration of livestock
feeding in this country.
ICON feels that Plum Island is still the best
location for such a much-needed but dangerous facility and it would serve the
consumer and livestock industries far better to upgrade the current facility.
It is not a matter of if an accident will occur but when.
the author: Louis Day is a rancher from Valentine, Nebraska. Mr. Day is the CEO
for ICON and Nebraska Membership Chair for R-CALF USA. For more information about
the author or the Independent Cattlemen of Nebraska please call Louis Day, 402-376-1538,
or log on to http://www.independentcattlemen.com
Cattlemen of Nebraska
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The Mission of the Independent Cattlemen of Nebraska
(ICON) is to protect and promote the interests of Nebraska's
producers. Office of the Organization is located in Hyannis, Nebraska and membership
can be obtained by calling (308) 458-7282.