Poor SE Bulgaria Villagers to Protest FMD Measures
Villagers from Bulgaria's southeastern Strandzha region are calling a protest Sunday against what appears to be the imminent slaughter of some 7000 animals over fears of widespread foot-and-mouth disease.
Saturday the latest flare of FMD was uncovered in the villages of Goliamo Bukovo, Fakia and Momina Tsarkva near the town of Sredets.
Over January through March, FMD was found in sheep from various villages in the comparatively poor and sparsely populated region.
Locals are calling a rally 9.30 am Saturday at the veterinary unit near the village of Fakia.
The villagers argue that the massive killing of animals will leave them without one of their central sources of livelihood.
They also fear that after what has happened people will not be motivated to restore their herds and the already sparsely-populated Strandzha region will be still further depopulated.
Locals further insisted that the state pay in full the reparations it ows per killed animal. They also suggested an all-out vaccination campaign to render an epidemic improbable.