Kazakhstan to sue Austria over sick cattle

22 february 2013, 10:51
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Kazakhstan is going to sue Austria over the sick cattle imported to Kazakhstan, Tengrinews.kz reports citing Kazakhstan Agriculture Minister Assylzhan Mamytbekov as saying at the annual expanded meeting of Kazakhstan Farmers Union national public union.

“If the Austrian party does not voluntarily reimburse the caused damage, we will sue them. According to the contract, this will be in a Kazakhstan court. As in any economic dispute, the damages to be reimbursed not only include the main damage but also all others kinds of damages, even the moral damage. The lawsuit can be filed for lost benefit and maintenance costs,” Assylzhan Mamytbekov.

According to the Minister, the decision to exterminate the sick cattle was made by chief veterinary doctor and is not subject to a discussion. The court will decide on the rest.

“We stood on our principle position in this situation, despite of the rabid critics. Did we have to exterminate the cattle? We held a scientific-technical council, consulted with the international organization of the epizootic bureau, received all the confirmations and stood at one position till the end,” the Minister added.

Earlier Tengrinews.kz English reported that over 700 elite Simmental cows purchased in Austria were to be exterminated in Poltavskoye and Leonov farms in North-Kazakhstan oblast. The reason for extermination lays in the Schmallenberg virus and virus diarrhea.

Later Kazakhstan Agriculture Ministry accused Austrian veterinary services of negligence. Several days later the Austrian party refuted the Ministry’s statement and denied that any of the imported animals were sick.

Later the state agreed to pay the farmers for the exterminated cows.

By Shynar Ospanova

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