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Sunday, 29 September, 2002, 08:23 GMT 09:23 UK
Charity web film attacks EU subsidies
Extract from e-animation film
Subsidies could send all EU cows around the world
It might be a while until pigs can fly but cows are taking a plane trip around the world in an e-animation film with a serious point.

The film can be seen on the Cafod (Catholic Agency for Overseas Development) website and is intended to highlight the devastating effect EU farm subsidies can have on the Developing World.

According to the charity, EU governments spend enough money on the Common Agricultural Policy every year to fly all their 21 million dairy cows around the world.

By comparison, dairy production in Jamaica has collapsed due to the dumping of EU skimmed milk powder, Cafod said.

Rich cows

The website animation shows the lucky herbivores stopping off in a series of exotic locations, including Hong Kong, Brisbane, Raratonga and Los Angeles, and being given 400 spending money each.

"The e-animation is a funny way of looking at the EU. Unfortunately the reality is not so humorous," said Cafod campaigner Sam Goddard.

"The support that EU governments give to the dairy industry - 11bn a year - means that the average European dairy cow has a yearly income of more than half the world's population," she said.

At the end of the film, surfers are asked to send a postcard to the European Commission calling for a cut to EU farm subsidies and the introduction of measures to protect farmers in the developing world.

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