VEGA News Item

British Vets Flex Your Muscles for Farm Animal Welfare - 07/11/2013

The nation is expecting a great deal of investment in various sectors. For instance, the resources that lie therein: food, children, manufacturing purposes and so on. So we’d like to examine the output of food from the animal sector and we will put it to the test.
It’s a fairly gloomy picture. More and more attention is being paid to using land for housing, with flooding being a constant threat. Also, concreting up of enclosed animals used for zoos, circuses, games and sport, instead of the open air for wildlife and ‘managed wildlife’. Generation of power will occupy more space, with buildings and structures such as pylons, turbines and water power (with reservations as to good purposes), squashed in with factory buildings, eg for farm animals brought in from the wild for meat and dairy production.
This is a gloomy picture of Britain concreted over, devoted to human activity to the detriment of the arts and sciences and the welfare of the countryside, which is better than a manicured garden enterprise. Organisations can contribute and should be listened to by the well-intentioned public, well-versed in many matters of importance.
When it comes to the welfare of farm animals and farm land, we see an attitude of overpopulating a country with humans and animals and less effort towards agriculture and wildlife generally. What are the charities involved in this, such as the RSPB and RSPCA, doing? They are hampered because they are only interested in certain animals and methods of agriculture and are turning a blind eye to many purposes such as protecting animals from cruelty.
Their resources are enormous but they have been inadequate for the task for many long years and they’ll have to pull their socks up. The government also needs to do more to reinforce voluntary effort which would be well-coordinated. Farm animal welfare should feature in methods of food production and exhibiting decency and mercy to the animals ripped out of their natural environments and unable to protect themselves. This should be remedied immediately.
The responsibility for this is primarily on the veterinary profession and is well-endowed with cash. Its efforts in this respect are deplorable. Some vets perform well-meaning gifts of their training but others make money from the crowded animals bred for intensive farming.
Of course one thinks of concern in this connection to the organised veterinary services such as the BVA with its great interest in the frivolities of racing and trivial pursuits, according to the actions of the professional bodies. The profession must regard itself like a trade union looking after its members like a family, pushing their welfare to the fore. Unfortunately they don’t do this, they serve themselves and these other frivolities in a world overcrowded and overfed.
They should therefore manifest their goodwill to their ‘employees’ like the unions did for the miners and bring some help to the animals that are being misused. We demand therefore that these so-called animal welfarists rally to the cause of the animals in woeful conditions and there are plenty of those that have been illustrated for years and years. And that they direct the nation to ameliorate the animals’ suffering and allow more and more to live in natural habitats with consequential environmental benefits for all species.
The strain should therefore pass to a large extent to the professions, for it is they who know the answers, urgently and without prompting investments in well-meaning charitable enterprise. Their responsibilities to their constituency of animals should match every bit the responsibilities of trades unions to their members, be they miners, office workers or mechanical engineers.

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