...sources at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs say some animals on the airlift were infected with Brucella canis, a bacterial infection that can cause spontaneous abortions in affected animals – and in rare cases can be passed to humans.
Well, since they are in quarantine, what should that matter? Does DEFRA usually whisper in the ear of tame journalists about the results of their tests?
A leaked voice message obtained by The Mail on Sunday at the time revealed the behind-the-scenes bitterness over the airlift, with Mr Farthing telling a Ministry of Defence official he would ‘spend the rest of my time f****** destroying’ him if he did not secure clearance for a flight out of the country.
Ah, I see. This is revenge. But surely Pen Farthing has complied with the regulations?
Reader, of course he has...
Mr Farthing said: ‘The Nowzad charity has always been fully compliant with the regulations as laid out by Defra for the import of dogs from Afghanistan.
'If further testing is needed currently beyond what is normally required for entry to the UK, then our charity will be more than happy for those tests to be carried out by Defra.
‘We are happy to report the first batch of 12 dogs and two cats were given the all-clear last week. The remainder will continue with their predetermined quarantine as per Defra regulations for entry to the UK.’
So fuck you, DEFRA. You fucked with the wrong Marine. Pick on soft targets you can destroy with impunity in fut...