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UK parliament EDM calls on vets to make a change?
« on: December 12, 2004, 12:27:31 PM »
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Things are starting to happen over here, and I wanted to share the latest with you.

As a result of our lobbying, we have an MP who yesterday tabled an Early Day Motion in the House of Commons, as follows:

335 PROCESSED PET FOODS AND VETS
7:12:04
This House deeply regrets the professional endorsement of processed food for domestic dogs, cats and ferrets by some members of the veterinary profession; is concerned at the level of incidence of malodorous gum disease and associated diseases of the kidneys, liver and other organs amongst the domestic pet population; recognises that their health and welfare is best served by foods, such as raw meaty bones, which reflect the full range of nutritional need; applauds and recommends the work of veterinary surgeon Tom Lonsdale and others in this field; also recognises that vets in the UK are trusted and independent advisors on the health of our pets and, as such, is concerned by the nature of the relationship between some vets and producers of foods which cause illnesses in pets; and calls upon the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons to make a definitive statement on the active endorsement and promotion of processed pet foods by vets.

Can be viewed on http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm/cmedm/41207e01.htm

All information about EDMs can be accessed at the web addresses quoted at the end of this email.

We are of course delighted (slight understatement!). Actually, we screamed ourselves hoarse when we first heard last week! We now have an enormous mailing task, writing to all MPs, to ask them to sign this EDM. The more signatures, the more chance that this will be debated in the Commons, the more chance of firstly, a Ten Minute Rule Bill, secondly a Private Members Bill and finally a full parliamentary enquiry. It also gives us a chance at some decent national newspaper coverage!

I would very much like news of this to be passed on to all the raw feeding lists, as you have people there from all over the world. First, so that any UK members could be encouraged to write to their own MP to get him/her to sign the EDM, and second, to maybe encourage other members to try for a similar action from their own governments. This is a small step along the massive highway on which we are all travelling, but it's the first really positive thing to have happened in a long while. We're especially pleased that the EDM mentions Tom - I keep telling him that we'll get him that Nobel Prize
somehow!

You are free to copy this email in its entirety, or as you wish. Any help would be much appreciated.

Best wishes
Jackie
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