The British House of Commons, sometimes referred to as the Mother of Parliaments, is where laws are passed and the will of the people can be felt. But itís also the place where Members of Parliament pay heed to their Party affiliations and the pressures placed upon them by organised groups like the vets, pet food industry and RSPCA.
If we believe in truth and honesty, then ultimately MPs will do the right thing. But we need to make sure they are fully briefed on the veterinary/pet food industry scam.
Some MPs are taking an interest. On 7 December 2004 Mr David Taylor tabled an Early Day Motion (Number 335) which soon attracted 55 signatures out of a total 655 members of Parliament. The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) was asked in the EDM to: Ďto make a definitive statement on the active endorsement and promotion of processed pet foods by vets.í No statement has been forthcoming and no discussion has taken place in the journals of the British Veterinary Association or British Veterinary Small Animal Association. Itís as if the RCVS and veterinary organizations are reluctant to open discussion for fear of where discussion might lead.
Dr Tom Lonsdale as part of the 2005 RCVS Election campaign asked vets to show their support for the EDM.
Out of a total 19,972 veterinarians eligible to vote only 273 showed support for the motion.
Itís often quipped that turkeys donít vote for Christmas and neither, it seems, do vets vote for the good health of animals.
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