Vets will consider the disturbing rise in unwanted, neglected and sick companion animals over the past few years at a discussion forum on Monday (June 8, 2015).

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The event, organised by the Animal Welfare Foundation (AWF), will consider claims that loopholes in legislation could be the cause of this alarming animal welfare issue.

Representatives from the AWF, British Veterinary Association (BVA) and the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals will be joined by leading vets from across Britain.

The discussion, entitled “Bursting at the seams: population management issues” will consider suggestions the Government is failing to put in place measures to control and regulate indiscriminate breeding, as well as the sale and importation of animals.

Speakers will claim this has resulted in an overpopulation crisis, which has compromised the welfare of a great number of companion animals.

Also on the day’s agenda are:

  • The science of slaughter – this session will discuss research to improve welfare at slaughter.
  • Antibiotic resistance, the real world view – with speakers from the Veterinary Medicines Directorate as well as food animal and companion animal vets.
  • Ethical dilemma – a treatment too far? – this will explore difficult treatment choices faced by vets in practice (interactive session).

The forum will run from 10am to 5pm at 1 Great George Street in Westminster, London. It will be followed by a reception at the House of Commons from 7pm to 9pm. MPs and other invited guests will join forum delegates to continue discussions from the day. BVA honorary associate Neil Parish, MP, is hosting the reception, which is jointly organised with the BVA.

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