NOAH unveils animal health manifesto

NOAH has released its animal health manifesto ahead of the UK general election on 12 December.

The association’s document calls on prospective MPs to pledge their support to safeguard the health and welfare of the UK’s pets and farm animals, and highlights importance of UK animal health industry.

Candidates across the country are asked to:

  • Recognise the important role of animal health products and services and include our sector’s needs as we negotiate any future relationship with the EU and beyond.
  • Support the sustainable development of the UK’s food and farming industry by placing animal health and welfare at the heart of any future policy.
  • Support positive health and societal wellbeing by preventing people from having to give up their pets as they move into rented accommodation or care facilities.

Dawn Howard, NOAH’s chief executive, said: “NOAH’s vision is to be at the forefront of UK animal health and welfare. Our medicines protect the health and welfare of all animals: pets in our homes; livestock or fish on UK farms. All have a right to be treated with appropriate medicines to protect their health and welfare, to prevent disease and reduce suffering, and to ensure they can continue to provide companionship or to produce the safe, nutritious food that the UK public expects.

“Our industry underpins so much that is valued in British society. In everything we and our members do at NOAH, we aim to improve the lives of animals through encouraging responsible farming and pet ownership and promoting the safe and responsible use of medicines.”

The manifesto details the role of the animal health industry in one health and sets out how animal health and welfare should be at the heart of any future UK food and farming strategy.