BVA wants to see more compliance with the Association of Show and Agricultural Organisations (ASAO) animal welfare plan.

The BVA has highlighted the importance of veterinary involvement when planning for events involving show animals.

prize winning cowIn light of investigations into suspected cases of teat tampering at the Great Yorkshire Show, the BVA has recommended all shows use the Association of Show and Agricultural Organisations (ASAO) Animal Welfare Plan.

BVA president Peter Jones, said: “Tampering to enhance cows’ udders is totally unacceptable on animal welfare grounds.

“Thankfully, the Great Yorkshire Show has an effective scanning system in place and show vets were able to identify these suspected cases through routine examination.

“The BVA, through its Ethics and Welfare Group, has worked closely with the ASAO to put together a welfare plan for show organisers and their vets to help ensure a consistent approach to animal welfare.

“The plan has now been sent to all show secretaries and we hope it will encourage show organisers to take welfare risks into consideration as part of their planning process.

“We are very proud to have facilitated and supported the welfare plan and feel this practical approach will have a positive effect on show animal welfare. Livestock shows provide a vital focus for rural communities and a shop window to the consumer.

“We must all pull together to stamp out the appalling behaviour of a few exhibitors who are tempted to compromise the welfare of their animals.”

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