BVA president Sean Wensley praised Scotland for its leadership in many areas of animal welfare during his speech at the BVA’s annual Scottish dinner.

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From left: Host John Scott MSP, Scottish CVO Sheila Voas, cabinet secretary Fergus Ewing MSP, BVA Scottish Branch president Grace Webster, BVA president Sean Wensley at BVA’s annual Scottish Dinner at the Scottish Parliament.

Addressing almost 100 guests at the Scottish Parliament last night (13 September), Mr Wensley said it seemed fitting his penultimate speech as BVA president was in Scotland – a country that has led the way on tackling many animal welfare problems.

Intentions

During his speech, Mr Wensley highlighted the Scottish Government’s intention to introduce a bill to ban the use of wild animals in travelling circuses, which the BVA called for in its manifesto that launched ahead of May’s national election.

Highlighting Scotland’s ongoing efforts to protect animal health and control animal disease, he said: “Close Government, farmer and vet links must continue to progress the excellent work that has been done so far into the now-notifiable disease, porcine epidemic diarrhoea; towards eliminating mange from pig herds and on the eradication scheme for BVD.

“We’d like to see the Government capitalise on this momentum, and support farmers and vets in the development of control measures for Johne’s disease and infectious bovine rhinotracheitis, among others.”

Retain hard-won ground

Mr Wensley also called on the Scottish Government to ensure hard-won ground on animal welfare was not lost on both national and international issues.

“Scotland also led the way on tail docking of dogs, and this ban must be maintained if a leadership position is to be retained in Scotland,” he said. “Anything but retention of a ban on tail docking across all breeds would be a retrograde step for animal welfare in Scotland.”

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