In a report published last month the Farm Animal Welfare Committee (FAWC)describes the farm animal veterinary surgeon as ‘second only to the stock-keeper/stockperson in ensuring that farm animals in Great Britain are treated humanely’
See article in the Veterinary Record
We comment: What about the five freedoms and their implementation and absorption of the unpleasant fact that certainly not all stock people are cut out to look after farm animals’ welfare. This is surely a job to allocate to any new veterinary medical schools. For urgent consideration by the newly proposed vet schools is the latest (5th) edition of the UFAW Management and Welfare of Farm Animal handbook, published in 2011. Furthermore, it sets out some very wise information compiled mainly by vets but also of interest to all stock keepers on the management and welfare of farm animals. Why is action so slow?