Animal health and welfare issues have been placed on a prime political platform, with the issues featuring heavily in the main political party manifestos.
The BVA has hailed the launch of Westminster’s major political parties’ manifestos as a “win for animal health and welfare”, with more than half the organisation’s manifesto recommendations being written into the Conservative, Labour and Liberal Democrat priorities for the next Parliament.
Following the announcement of the snap general election, BVA produced a 20-point manifesto of key recommendations covering both Brexit and wider policy issues, which was sent to the UK’s main political parties’ manifesto-writing teams and to BVA’s parliamentary honorary associates and members.
Four key areas are outlined in the BVA manifesto:
- securing a successful outcome for animal health and welfare after Brexit
- safeguarding animal health
- promoting animal welfare
- recognising the vital role of veterinary surgeons
In total, 11 of BVA’s 20 manifesto asks have been met by one or more of the three parties.
BVA president Gudrun Ravetz said: “While we are a relatively small profession, our critical and far-reaching roles in animal health, welfare and public health mean we are uniquely placed to offer the next Government evidence-based and informed advice, and policy recommendations.
“Months of hard work by the Brexit working group, and the quick issue of our manifesto to the main political parties, enabled us to secure commitments on the profession’s animal health and welfare priorities from all of the main political parties – whichever of them might take Government after 8 June.”
The BVA has launched a general election toolkit for BVA members, which includes the BVA manifesto for 2017, a template letter, and a series of questions that can be posed to prospective parliamentary candidates at events and hustings.
- A breakdown of the political parties’ manifesto commitments is available from the BVA website.