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BVA launches 10 pledges for general election manifesto
“We are at a critical time for animal health and welfare, and the future of our profession".
Pledges include protecting all animals in law and boosting the veterinary workforce

The British Veterinary Association (BVA) has published a list of 10 pledges for political parties to include in their manifestos for the upcoming general election.

The pledges, which include animal welfare, Brexit and the veterinary workforce, were unveiled at a private briefing for MPs and Peers in Westminster last month. The BVA has written to all major parties to ask them to adopt the pledges in their General Election manifestos

They are:

    1    Reject a no-deal Brexit
    2    Boost the veterinary workforce
    3    Protect all animals in law
    4    Protect UK welfare standards in future trade deals and agri policies
    5    Protect the welfare of animals at slaughter
    6    Strengthen legislation against illegal puppy imports
    7    Commit to evidence-based disease control
    8    Introduce a single database for microchip registration
    9    Ban primates as pets
    10    Put animal welfare on the national curriculum

BVA President Daniella Dos Santos said: “We are at a critical time for animal health and welfare, and the future of our profession. All major political parties recognise that animal welfare is a key issue for voters so it’s essential that they adopt sound, evidence-based policies in their manifestos.
 
“Our manifesto of 10 pledges draws together the most pressing topical issues that matter to our members. Unsurprisingly, Brexit has taken the top slot. BVA has not taken a position in favour of leave or remain, but our Council reviewed the evidence and concluded that a no-deal Brexit would have serious consequences for our workforce, and animal health and welfare.”
 
She continued: “We know there is cross-party support for many of the animal welfare measures in our manifesto, such as enshrining sentience in UK law, but we need to see a real commitment to action. We’re looking forward to engaging with all parties to put these policies into effect.
 
“During the campaign, we’re calling on election candidates to talk to vets in their local communities to better understand the veterinary workforce and welfare issues in our profession.”

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New York to ban sale of foie gras

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 New York City councillors have voted overwhelmingly in favour of legislation that will see the ban of foie gras in the city. The move, which comes in response to animal cruelty concerns, will take effect in 2022.


 Councillor Carlina Rivera, who sponsored the legislation, told the New York Times that her bill “tackles the most inhumane process” in the commercial food industry. “This is one of the most violent practices, and it’s done for a purely luxury product,” she said.


 Foie gras is a food product made of the liver of a goose or duck that has been fattened, often by force-feeding. New York City is one of America’s largest markets for the product, with around 1,000 restaurants currently offering it on their menu. 

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Humane Slaughter Association student scholarships open for applications

Applications for the Humane Slaughter Association’s student/trainee Dorothy Sidley Memorial Scholarships are now open.

The Scholarships provide funding to enable students or trainees in the industry to undertake a project aimed at improving the welfare of food animals during marketing, transport and slaughter. The project may be carried out as an integral part of a student's coursework over an academic year, or during the summer break.

The deadline for applications is midnight on the 28 February 2020. To apply and for further information visit www.hsa.org.uk/grants or contact the HSA office.