September 26, 2023


The Pet Expert

A lot performed, however extra to do, BVA says as Scottish first minister quits

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A senior vet has praised Scotland’s outgoing first minister for what he described because the “vital” progress made on animal welfare points throughout her tenure.

However the head of the BVA’s Scottish department has additionally warned Nicola Sturgeon’s successor might want to go additional as soon as they’re in workplace.

Ms Sturgeon shocked many political analysts yesterday (15 February) by asserting her resolution to step down after practically eight-and-a-half years as First Minister.

She’s going to stay in publish till her successor is chosen, although the timetable for a management contest has but to be finalised.

‘Important advances’

In response, BVA Scottish department president Romain Pizzi mentioned: “Beneath Nicola Sturgeon’s management, we’ve seen some vital advances in animal well being and welfare in Scotland, from improved fireworks rules, and a dedication to ban the sale and use of glue traps, by way of to the introduction of obligatory CCTVs in slaughterhouses and the profitable rollout of the BVD eradication programme.

“Nevertheless, there may be nonetheless a lot to do, and we sit up for working with the following first minister and their group to construct upon these achievements to enhance animal well being and welfare, most pressingly, the passing of a brand new Agriculture Act.”

Ms Sturgeon’s resignation got here only a few days after Dr Pizzi welcomed the announcement of a brand new farm funds programme for Scotland.

Farming coverage

From this summer season, farmers and crofters who rear cattle and sheep will be capable of declare a £250 cost for veterinary well being and welfare interventions. Related schemes are additionally being rolled out in different elements of the UK.

Dr Pizzi mentioned: “The Scottish Authorities’s new farm cost scheme will assist higher livestock well being and welfare in Scotland, and supply welcome alternatives for vets to additional interact with farmers and crofters rearing sheep and cattle.

“BVA want to see the vet-farmer relationship embedded because the cornerstone in Scotland’s everlasting future farming coverage, to assist ship improved animal well being and welfare, productiveness, and sustainability targets.”

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