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Links between law enforcement and veterinary animal health: a case study of the United Kingdom and the United States of America

Author(s) : G. Collyer

Summary :

The anthrax attacks carried out in the United States of America in the latter part of 2001 served as a clarion call to most law enforcement agencies among developed countries as, until this time, they had not recognised the threat posed by the criminal use of pathogens and/or toxins. Law enforcement agencies include the local and federal police, Customs, Immigration and any other agencies that perform a law-enforcing role. That a criminal or terrorist group could commit such an act was considered nearly inconceivable, even though biological weapons had been used against humans and animals in warfare many times over the last several hundred years. Similarly, it is without doubt that the terrorist threat to all societies changed after the events of 11 September 2001 during which the clear intention had been to cause as many fatalities and casualties as possible. As a result, the biological threat to human health became a focus for many governments.

Keywords

Agroterrorism – Biological terrorism – Biological weapons – Bioterrorism – Federal Bureau of Investigation – Interpol – Law enforcement – United Kingdom – United States.

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