‘Work with us to fix the labor crisis’, BCVA president tells Government

Labor shortages in the food and farming sector are putting the mental health of those working in it at risk, the president of the BCVA has warned. Elizabeth Berry has urged ministers to work with the industry to tackle what she termed an “immediate crisis”, which she fears could also jeopardize food security and animal … Read more

Vet MP makes ‘breed and deed’ calls to Government on dangerous dogs

MP Neil Hudson has called on the Government to deliver an evidence-based policy that considers “breed and deed” for protecting people and animals from dangerous dogs. At a debate held by Christina Rees, MP for Neath, Dr Hudson – who, as MP for Penrith and The Border, is the only vet in the House of … Read more

Apology call over Government dismissal of badger cull paper

Researchers behind a paper suggesting the controversial badger cull is having no impact in the fight against bTB have demanded a public apology from Defra. Ecologist Tom Langton, along with vets Mark Jones and Iain McGill, have written to environment secretary George Eustice calling for an apology and a retraction following Government criticism of a … Read more

Government prioritizes animal welfare legislation in annual plans

The Government today (10 May) confirmed it is pushing ahead with plans to introduce new legislation on welfare and puppy smuggling in the coming 12 months. Although not referred to directly in the Queen’s Speech delivered by Prince Charles today (10 May), an Animal Welfare (Kept Animals) Bill is one of 38 pieces of new … Read more

NSW government criticized for ‘dismissive’ response to inquiry into kangaroo population | New South Wales

Just two of the 23 recommendations handed to the New South Wales government after an inquiry into kangaroo population levels and culling practices have been accepted in full. Inquiry chair and Greens MP Cate Faehrmann said the response was “dismissive of the serious issues raised” during the three-day inquiry called to understand the wellbeing of … Read more

The British government must lead the way on animal welfare | Letters

We are concerned by reports of the government abandoning its manifesto commitments to an animals abroad bill (Tory row as law barring import of hunting trophies set to be axed, 14 March). Quite apart from the welcome promise of an end to trophy hunting imports, the bill’s other leading measures are greeted across parties and … Read more