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Animal welfare
Government's U-turn on welfare codes
  1. Past-presidents of the British Veterinary Poultry Association: Daniel Parker1,
  2. Daniel Pearson2,
  3. Stephen Lister3 and
  4. Claire Knott4
  1. 1Slate Hall Veterinary Practice, Unit 28 Moorlands Trading Estate, Metheringham, Lincolnshire LN4 3HX e-mail:
  2. 210 Path Brae, Kirkliston EH29 9AU e-mail:
  3. 3Crowshall Veterinary Services, 1 Crows Hall Lane, Attleborough, Norfolk NR17 1AD e-mail:
  4. 4Crowshall Veterinary Services, 1 Crows Hall Lane, Attleborough, Norfolk NR17 1AD e-mail:

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YOUR recent Comment (VR, April 9, 2016, vol 178, p 354) and the BVA President's recent media activities may in the BVA Executive's opinion have had the desired effect of getting Defra to U-turn on its proposal to revoke the existing code of recommendations for the welfare of livestock: meat chickens and breeding chickens, and replace it with more updated guidance (VR, April 16, 2016, vol 178, p 383). However, in achieving this action it has not promoted the cause of good animal welfare and guidance but in fact has probably set it back several years. Unfortunately Veterinary Record and the Executive have poorly understood the issue and have not consulted the BVA's specialist division, in this case the British Veterinary Poultry Association (BVPA), before going to press or engaging with the wider media.

The draft revised guidance on the regulatory requirements for the welfare of meat chickens and …

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