The British Veterinary Association (BVA) has over 10,000 members and is the national representative body for the British veterinary profession bva.co.uk
The BVA has failed to comment publicly on matters pertaining to the mass poisoning of British pets by the pet food industry. The BVA, though, is staunchly in favour of junk foods for pets. When a Member of Parliament wrote to the BVA seeking comment he received a letter. For a rebuttal click here.
The Veterinary Record is the weekly journal of the Association bvapublications.com
The Veterinary Record has maintained a deafening silence about the mass poisoning by junk foods of British pets. When asked to review the book Raw Meaty Bones the Editor refused. Raw Meaty Bones Newsletter.
Occasionally veterinarians attempt to raise issues of diet and dentistry of pet animals in The Veterinary Record. On several occasions the letters have been refused publication.
BVA Policy Brief - 12 Oct 2005
BVA Policy Brief Rebuttal
British Small Animal Veterinary Association (BSAVA) has over 5,500 members and states at its website bsava.com:
- The British Small Animal Veterinary Association exists to promote high scientific and educational standards of small animal medicine and surgery in practice, teaching and research.
Since BSAVA members come into contact with the sick and bedraggled diet affected pet dogs, cats and ferrets on a daily basis, a person might expect BSAVA members to have a keen interest in discovering the factors responsible for the most common diseases.
Over an extended period the BSAVA has maintained a fierce opposition to the airing of information detrimental to the junk pet food industry. Most BSAVA members promote and sell junk food in their veterinary practices.
The BSAVA stages an annual conference supported by junk pet food company advertising. The BSAVA publishes the Journal of Small animal Practice which claims to be a : ĎPrime source of peer-reviewed clinical research papers and case reports covers all aspects of medicine and surgery relating to dogs, cats and other small animals.í
The JSAP refused to review Raw Meaty Bones and thus to alert the BSAVA members to major issues of significance for the health and welfare of dogs, cats and other small animals.
In their 2003 pet care guide, Scampís Diary the BSAVA told owners how to feed dry and canned foods, the products advertised in the booklet. Regarding bones the BSAVA indulged a bit of scaremongering when they advised owners:
Puppies and dogs love chewing bones, but sadly they often lead to a trip to the vetís surgery, because the dog has swallowed a sharp fragment, cut his mouth or broken a tooth. A better idea is to give your pet manufactured nutritional chews, or a chew toy, instead.When discussing dental and gum disease ó the inevitable consequence of pets being fed dry and canned foods ó Scampís Diary was matter of fact:
Around 85% of dogs over three years old show signs of gum disease.For major problems arising from the consumption of junk food the BSAVA recommends that owners adopt an almost blasť attitude:
Donít worry if your vet says one or more of your catís teeth need to be removed.
Cats' gums are hard and tough, and even a toothless cat can eat crunchy dry food.
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