BVA president Harvey Locke has aired concerns that a “massively reduced budget” and the Government’s emphasis on securing flood defences could affect DEFRA’s focus on crucial animal health and welfare issues.

BVA president Harvey Locke has aired concerns that DEFRA’s “massively reduced budget” and the Government’s emphasis on securing flood defences could affect the department’s focus on crucial animal health and welfare issues.
 
BVA president Harvey LockeCommenting on the Govenmnent’s comprehensive spending review, announced yesterday, Mr Locke said: “Clearly this is a substantial hit on DEFRA’s overall budget but there are some elements to welcome.”
 
He explained: “We are pleased with the commitment to protecting the science base and DEFRA’s clear focus on tackling TB and we await with interest future announcements on how the Government plans to introduce responsibility and cost sharing.
 
“However, the Government has put a lot of emphasis on securing flood defences within DEFRA’s budget and we remain concerned that other crucial animal health and welfare issues could be further squeezed in this massively reduced budget.
 
“The BVA will continue to champion these health and welfare issues to ensure they remain a priority for the department.”

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