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DEFRA consultation on tuberculin tesing of cattle - 26/09/2003
 
Read VEGA's opinion here
We favour your Option 1 (para 3 of appendix D), i.e. to leave tuberculin testing to vets.

Your option 2 retreats from these fundamental challenges, which are:

• A regrettable trend of professionalism from veterinary attention to farm livestock to companion animals, which must be urgently reversed.

• Impending reforms in the licensing, after appropriate training, of owners and handlers of all animals and maintenance of the environment to reinforce the reversal above.

At present it is important to allow every access of vets to farms in the pursuit of health and welfare plans and to avert crises that have beset an industry guilty of bad practice and fecklessness.

As such disasters have been adequately or even generously compensated for by subventions to farming interests, it is now appropriate to cover the cost of tuberculin testing and control (which will comprehend extension to wildlife, e.g. badgers) by levy exacted mainly from the livestock industry.

Yours truly,

Dr. Alan Long
VEGA Research  
 
 

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