Monday, March 26, 2007

The new Department of Animal Health

Remember when they changed Windscale to Seascale in order that we would all think it was another place and so would forget about all those radioactive discharges into the Irish Sea? Then they did it again with English Nature (Natural England) so they (the bad boys!) could change its direction, water down its effectiveness and reduce its budget. Well now they’ve gone and done it again with the State Veterinary Service – soon to be called Animal Health (exciting captivating name). This new AH will encompass the SVS, the Dairy Hygiene and Egg Marketing Inspectorates and the Wildlife Licensing and Registration Service – all in the name of efficiency.

I’ll wait and see how much the amalgamation affects the Wildlife Licensing and Registration Service which is responsible for CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species) and licensing of birds under Schedule 4 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 (captive-bred, disabled-wild and imported birds). Let’s hope it improves or, at the very least, stays as it is, and is not ‘watered-down’ in the name of cost efficiency.

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