Foot & Mouth – The Human Cost

The outbreak of Foot-and-Mouth disease in the UK in 2001 caused a big crisis on British agriculture and tourism. The epizootic was the cause of the slaughtering of 10 million sheep and cattle.

The culling of animals were well documented visually in the press but there was little focus on the effect of the Foot & Mouth crises on the farmers, rural residents and the tourist industry. These images are a result of travelling across the country interviewing people whom were all effected by the foot and mouth crisis. Everyone from farmers – to beekeepers – to hotel owners – to kids, opened up to Pal Hansen and told of the devastating effect the culling had on them and the country side.

The disease was halted by October 2001.

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a017 Chris Graham 1 copy b016 Peter Miller with dog 2 copy c015 John Went copy d012 Organic Farm copy e012 camping site copy f013 Dairy Farmers copy g014 Girl out of shool copy h011 Farmer copy