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Government's U-turn on welfare codes
  1. Sean Wensley
  1. President, British Veterinary Association, 7 Mansfield Street, London W1G 9NQ

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Sean Wensley, the BVA President, writes: BVA acknowledges the concerns raised in the letter from past-presidents of the British Veterinary Poultry Association (BVPA), and similar discussions were held at the BVA Council meeting on April 13. However, far from setting back the cause of animal welfare, we feel our actions have held Defra to account on an important animal welfare issue in which the profession has a strong interest.

When the news about the welfare codes broke in the national media over the Easter weekend, BVA was approached for comment and there was some disquiet that the veterinary profession was not part of the national debate that was playing out in the news. In order to …

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