Brexit must not roll back animal welfare progress

Alyn Smith MEP, honorary member of the British Veterinary Association (BVA) has welcomed outgoing BVA President Sean Wensley’s comments on Scotland’s leadership in many areas of animal welfare, and highlighted the BVA warning that Brexit may put this progress at risk. 

During the BVA’s annual Scottish Dinner yesterday (Tuesday), President Wensley agreed that “A key objective post Brexit must be that the UK does not slip in its world leading outlook and outputs on animal welfare.” 

Alyn, who is also an honorary Vice President of the Scottish SPCA, said: 

“Scotland has done some fantastic work in the field of animal welfare, and I’m proud to see us recognised for doing so. From introducing a Bill to ban the use of wild animals in travelling circuses, to leading the way on the ban on tail docking, Scotland has shown its commitment to the wellbeing of animals. 

“These hard-won rights must not be allowed to slip away with Brexit, and I look forward to my upcoming meeting with the incoming BVA President Gudrun Ravetz to discuss how we should move forward.”