The National Office of Animal Health (NOAH) has reported positive feedback on the manifesto it launched a few weeks ago ahead of this week’s general election.
The manifesto called on the candidates, if successful, to support NOAH in three ways, by:
- contacting MEP (members of the European parliament) colleagues and writing to the new secretary of state for environment, food and rural affairs to voice support for new European Union regulations and changes that will increase availability of medicines for animal health and welfare.
- ensuring future decisions made by all governments are based on robust, scientific evidence and not myths about the use of animal medicines in the food chain.
- supporting efforts to change the law so 140,000 older people every year are not forced to give up their pet when they enter supported accommodation.
NOAH chief executive Dawn Howard said: “We’ve been delighted with the fantastic response to our manifesto. Some candidates, for example, have told us stories about their own pets; others with farming backgrounds have registered their strong support for science-based decisions about animal medicines and their use in the food chain.
“As the new EU regulations make their way through the political process it’s incredibly important all politicians are aware of the issues and of the value the animal medicines industry adds to the health and welfare of our pets and farm animals.
“After polling day we look forward to working with elected representatives of all political persuasions to secure the best deal for Britain’s animals.”