‘We have been forgotten’: Magic Carpet vets make new plea for UK Government action

An Afghan vet who was among dozens of people evacuated from the country following the Taliban takeover says he and his compatriots have been “forgotten” by the UK Government. Activists supporting the group that was moved to Pakistan under the high-profile Operation Magic Carpet initiative last year are facing another fund-raising deadline tomorrow (November 15). … Read more

Welfare warning as Government announces energy support review plan

The Government must act to prevent an “emerging crisis” of animal welfare and industry sustainability linked to current economic problems, BVA president Malcolm Morley has warned. His plea came after the new chancellor Jeremy Hunt signaled a major scaling back of support for domestic energy costs, with no firm plans for business help either. Help … Read more

Sector demands Government action to bring Magic Carpet evacuees to Britain

The Government is being urged to act now to enable a group of Afghan veterinary professionals evacuated from the war-torn country last year to come to Britain. Current funding support for the group moved to Pakistan under the Operation Magic Carpet campaign is expected to run out tomorrow (October 15). Officials fear they could then … Read more

Boost for vets as Welsh Government approves ATTs for bTB

Plans to allow lay TB testers to operate in Wales will benefit its “universally stretched” veterinary workforce, a senior BVA official has said. Approved tuberculin testers (ATTs) have been given the green light to work by the Welsh Government, after the system was extended in England following an APHA pilot scheme. The move comes as … Read more

UK government faces court challenge over ‘Frankenchickens’ | Environment

An animal welfare charity has been granted a court hearing to challenge the government over the legality in England of fast-growing broiler chickens. The UK’s first animal law firm, Advocates For Animals, has brought the case on behalf of the Humane League UK regarding so-called “Frankenchickens”, which can suffer from a wide range of health … Read more

Government scientists confirm anatoxin poisoning in dogs

Government scientists have confirmed a dog died of anatoxin poisoning after encountering blue-green algae on a trip to a lake. Cove, a two-year-old flat-coated retriever, appeared to lick material close to or on a dead fish at the water’s edge of Wimbleball Lake on Exmoor in Somerset, and was in distress within 10 minutes, displaying … Read more

‘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