My response to the outragous threats by Dr. Van Wie are in bold
Unpleasant truths are not lies
I am compelled to respond to Sharon Zecchinelliâ€™s letter to the Editor dated October 17, 2007 in which she reports on a seminar about surviving foreign animal disease held in Sheldon on October 12.
Fact: Common Ag words have been re-defined or morphed if you will into alternative meanings. Websterâ€™s will not give you the current definitions. For instance: surviving has been changed to mean compliance. Keep this in mind as you read through this document.
Ms. Zecchinelli, aka â€œThe Hen Whispererâ€, distorts the reason why Dr. Julie Smith from DVM Extension and I, along with two respected local veterinary practices and the venerable St. Albans Coop called this meeting for local farmers.
Fact: Extension Offices, Veterinary Medicine Associationâ€™s, as well as some industry â€˜partnersâ€™ and â€˜stakeholdersâ€™ have become paid contractorâ€™s to the State Departmentâ€™s of Agriculture and USDA. Go to NoNAISWA.org to see the actual â€œPurchase Agreementsâ€. Yes folks these â€˜professionalsâ€™ and industries have been PURCHASED. Property owners and farmers have good reason to be suspect of their â€˜partnershipsâ€™ and the fine print that may ensnare them.
As a group of Vermont veterinary and industry professionals, our message to ALL Vermont farmers, large and small, commercial and non-commercial enterprise or hobby, was, is and always will be, â€œPlan to Surviveâ€. That theme resonated through the eveningâ€™s presentation.
FACT: It is of communication to command a controlled and consistent message. Your â€˜Plan to Surviveâ€™ is a basic awareness campaign to heighten public awareness of your perceived hazard. While I was not in attendance this letter appears to be comprehensive in addressing hazard vulnerabilities of FMD but unfortunately falls glaring short in your audience analysis. Your target audience was in fact a very informed audience despite your innuendos to the contrary. It remains to be seen how effective your awareness campaign will be.
FACT: It is goal of US policy under HSPD #9 is to raise public awareness and educate them on threats.
FACT: Entities can best achieve the awareness and education program by:
Â· Educational opportunities on the issues at hand , not Command and Control
Â· Scope and nature of the issue(s)
Â· Community status
Â· Media Updates-Broadcast/radio, instead of NAIS
Â· Donations information for those wanting to help farmers (preventing the 911 fiasco)
Â· Eliminate the Fear Mongering