THE EUROPEAN Court of Justice has come down heavily on the side of the European Commission over the issue of vaccination against foot and mouth disease. Brussels is well within its legal rights to ban the practice throughout the 15 Member States, the court says. Only animals kept in zoos can, under some circumstances, be vaccinated. The Court rejected arguments over animal welfare, in a case handed on by the Netherlands national court, ruling that the cost and disadvantages of vaccination "greatly outweigh those of a non-vaccination policy," ...

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