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MP wants enquiry into possible vaccine abuse

Jim Pearce.
Jim Pearce.

MEMBER for Mirani, Jim Pearce, said he had been contacted by horse owners confused and upset by the misrepresentation of facts relating to Hendra vaccinations for horses and allegations of stand over behaviour by stakeholders.

He said there have been multiple allegations of big players using standover tactics to control the issue of mandatory vaccination. Further, there also appears to be a different set of rules regarding vaccination for different people/groups in equestrian sports.

"There is no doubt that the Hendra Virus creates a risk for humans and animals and that vaccination is one of the most effective ways to prevent the contracting of the disease; but it is only one step in proper Biosecurity measures required in the management of any disease, as published by the DAF/DPI," he said.

"From what I am being told there is a lot of bad feeling between horse owners, their associations and veterinarians".

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Mr Pearce said there were allegations of big players putting horse owners under pressure to mandatory vaccinate animals every 6 months or they  are faced with the prospect of being unable to source veterinary care for their horses.

''There are numerous reports of mounting casualties from this over vaccination- including adverse effects on performance horses and even the deaths of some valuable horses.''

Mr Pearce said he could not understand why certain disciplines of the horse sports are faced with mandatory vaccination as a condition of entry to competitions and for the day-to-day veterinary care of their horses and others are not.

According to Mr Pearce, Queensland DAF, NSW DPI, the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicine Authority and the Qld Work Place Health and Safety- have all stated that they do not require mandatory Hendra vaccinations.

Mr Pearce said he will be raising the issue with Queensland Minister, Bill Byrne before using the parliament to reveal full details.

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