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THE BVA has expressed its support for calls from the European Parliament for a science-based European animal welfare framework law. Earlier this month, MEPs adopted a report prepared by Swedish MEP Marit Paulson, which calls on the European Commission to take an unambiguous and transparent approach based on scientific evidence to protect the welfare of all kept animals and public health, while stimulating productivity and competitiveness in the European livestock sector.
Carl Padgett, the BVA President, commented: ‘As a profession we are delighted that the report emphasises the importance of scientific evidence and that animal welfare requirements should be evaluated on the basis on the latest scientific knowledge.’
The report also draws attention to abuse of derogations that allow animals to be slaughtered …
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