Whistleblower: Once I've bitten myself, I won't let Go

Maggie Herbst wanted to protect the Germans from BSE. But when she brought the scandal to light, she became the victim herself.

Whistleblower:   Once I've bitten myself, I won't let Go
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    This is story of a unruly woman. Your name: Maggie Herbst. Almost thirty years ago she became one of first German Whistleblowerinnen, because she did not want to look out and reported first suspicions on mad cow disease in Germany. The consequences of her deed still feel her, for y were, in short, brutal.

    In fact, he doesn't want to talk about this anymore and lets it look through unfiltered when she pulls vowels long in her flensburg style. "Aaaach", "neee", "Bloooß not", that's all so Long "heeeer". But now European Union wants to better protect whistleblowers and adopt a directive. The Ministers of Justice of Member States will be discussing this on 4 June, and who would know better than a Whistleblowerin which aid would really be needed. So, Maggie says fall sighing. They now live in "Broksteeeedt" under roof. Please ring.

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    Without whistleblowers, many scandals would not have come to light, world would be a worse one, and that goes far beyond Edward Snowden, famous witness for American spy programs on Internet. But while society as a whole benefits from revelations, it often whistleblowers miserable in following years. The story of Maggie Herbst tells in an exemplary way how it comes to this.

    In Brokstedt a petite lady of 77 years with a page cut and big glasses is waiting in front of door of her attic apartment and looks down into stairwell. As if she was once again considering wher she should regret having promised. But n she asks for biscuits and a glass of water in living room and looks back a long way.

    Declared healthy

    In 1980s, she worked as a veterinarian at Segeberg district in Schleswig-Holstein. She often looked at living cattle that arrived at slaughterhouse of bad Bramstedt, and one day, in summer of 1990, she noticed a first animal. It stumbles, stumbled over his own legs and was frightening.

    "I had never seen anything like this before, but in UK re have already been cases of BSE and I have been afraid for a while that disease could come to Germany by trading with sick calves", says Herbst. So she sorted out beef in question in Bad Bramstedt and recorded symptoms.

    But neir ir superiors nor managers of North German meat centre wanted to know anything about ir suspicions. Instead, y allowed animal and or suspected cases to be slaughtered unmoved in following years, often when vet was no longer in operation. The meat was traded in market, declared healthy. Autumn says, "I've definitely 100,000 cattle in my life. Of course, I saw when an animal was sick and behaved conspicuously. "

    Date Of Update: 28 May 2018, 12:02

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