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BVA calls for action on animal welfare ahead of elections

11th April 2016

The British Veterinary Association (BVA) has called on politicians in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland to pledge their commitment to animal health ahead of next month's elections.

National elections will be held in each country on May 5th, prompting the BVA to launch three manifestos urging incoming parliamentarians to take action on animal health and welfare under a One Health agenda.

Almost 20 policy recommendations have been made, including a crackdown on non-stun slaughter, a review of programmes to tackle bovine tuberculosis, and fresh efforts to encourage responsible use of antimicrobials.

Other measures include combating the illegal importing of puppies and protecting the budget to support the provision of vital veterinary services, especially in hard-to-reach areas like the Scottish Highlands and Islands.

Finally, the BVA has called for renewed efforts to encourage closer partnership working between the government and the veterinary profession.

BVA president Sean Wensley said: "We believe vets are in a unique position from which to offer the next governments in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales evidence-based and informed advice and policy recommendations."ADNFCR-8000103-ID-801816338-ADNFCR

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