The British Veterinary Association (BVA) and British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA) are said to be delighted over the announcement that the hot branding of horses and ponies will be banned in Scotland.

The British Veterinary Association (BVA) and British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA) are said to be delighted over the announcement that the hot branding of horses and ponies will be banned in Scotland.
 
BVA president Bill Reilly: Hot branding is undoubtedly painful and causes unnecessary sufferingThe announcement follows a consultation by the Scottish Government, driven by BVA and BEVA policies calling for a full ban last year.
 
Amendments to the Prohibited Procedures on Protected Animals (Exemptions) (Scotland) Regulations 2007 will be laid in the Scottish Parliament in September for approval by MSPs.
 
BEVA president Madeleine Campbell said: “Hot branding requires the efficient destruction by burning of the superficial skin layers leaving a distinct scar. This technique is clearly no longer justifiable on welfare grounds and we are very pleased that the Scottish Government has listened to our concerns.”
 
BVA president Bill Reilly added: “This is a very important decision for the welfare of horses and ponies. Hot branding is undoubtedly painful and causes unnecessary suffering. We are delighted that the Scottish Government has made this decision and hope that the rest of the UK follows.”

 

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