Concern as Cattle Filmed Grazing Near Hotel in Bali Amid Foot and Mouth Disease Outbreak

An Australian agriculture worker has expressed the need for increased measures to prevent a foot and mouth disease outbreak in Indonesian cattle from spreading to Australia, as calls increase for a travel ban on the popular tourist destination.

Footage recorded by Lily Wettenhall in the tourist destination of Seminyak, Bali, shows cows grazing across from a hotel.

Lily’s father, Mick Wettenhall, posted the footage to Facebook and wrote about his concerns over faeces and soil from infected Indonesian cattle being brought to Australia by tourists who were exposed to livestock on their travels to the popular holiday destination.

He said he was “terrified” after watching a planeload of tourists from Bali enter Australia: “I just pictured all those shoes in all those bags and watched those bags being dragged out out onto the street and it made me feel sick.”

The Australian Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries, and Forestry Murray Watt met with Indonesia’s Agriculture Minister Syahrul Yasin Limpo on July 14 to support Indonesia’s efforts to contain an outbreak affecting more than 300,000 animals. Watt since told Australian media that his ministry is not considering imposing a travel ban on Indonesia.

The Indonesian government announced in June that they would establish a task force to handle the Foot and Mouth Disease outbreak. Measures included controls on people entering and leaving farms and compensation for infected animals that had to be culled. Credit: Lily Wettenhall via Storyful

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