Council approved new key policy position statements on welfare at slaughter, bovine TB (bTB) and good veterinary workplaces. The ‘enormous’ efforts of the three working groups and BVA staff who had produced the position papers were commended by Council, and the contributions made by experts from within and outside the profession were acknowledged and appreciated.
The approved statements will be published in the coming months.
This policy position covers the wider slaughter process, including on-farm preparation, transport and slaughter methods. It emphasises that all animals should have a humane death, with minimal avoidable pain, distress, fear and suffering, and makes 67 recommendations. Council particularly welcomed the engagement with Halal certification bodies during the development of the position, and urged BVA to continue its dialogue with these stakeholders.
The new policy position on bTB consolidates a wide range of earlier BVA positions and reflects...