BHIC Highlights the Need of a Voice for the Equestrian Sector

BHIC Highlights the Need of a Voice for the Equestrian SectorWelcoming government plans to involve the equine and farming industries in making health and welfare policy, the British Horse Industry Confederation (BHIC) has emphasized the need of a voice for the equestrian sector on the main panel.

Making an announcement to create a new Animal Health and Welfare Board for England, Agriculture Minister Jim Paice said that this move would surely help in bringing farmers, veterinarians and welfare experts together.

In addition, he said, “This is a completely new way of working. It replaces the old ways, where the people most affected by decisions were kept at arm's length from policy making on those subjects. We've already seen the success of a partnership between farmers and the Government with the work that's been done on bluetongue which has seen the disease virtually eradicated in this country”.

The new board will constitute of 12 members, five members from Defra which will include the Chief Veterinary Officer and seven or eight other members from outside.

BHIC Chairman, Jan Rogers is of opinion that playing a very crucial role in the advisory group discussions, the equine sector had already exhibited its capability to engage constructively with these important issues.