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New Members of Animal Health and Welfare Board

by 5m Editor
28 October 2011, at 11:26am

UK - The first non-executive members of the new Animal Health and Welfare Board for England have been announced by Agriculture Minister Jim Paice.

The new members are Stewart Houston,Chairman of British Pig Executive (BPEX), Stuart Roberts, Agriculture and Livestock Director at Anglo Beef Processors, Mark Tufnell, who runs a family farm in the Cotswolds, and Tim Morris, Director of the Department of Equine Science and Welfare at the British Horseracing Authority.

They join chair Michael Seals in developing the Government’s strategic Animal Health and Welfare policy.

Welcoming the appointments Mr Paice said: “Farmers, veterinarians and animal keepers have a wealth of experience and knowledge. We are bringing them to the heart of Government to advise on the policies that affect them, and ensure good animal welfare standards.

“This is the Big Society in action and I am delighted we have four strong members to work with the Chair and bring us their expertise.”

Michael Seals, the Chair of the Board said: “The appointment of these members means that we are now ready to get on with business and I am looking forward to the first meeting of the Board in early November.”

The Animal Health and Welfare Board for England brings experts from outside Government together with the Chief Veterinary Officer and civil servants to make direct policy recommendations on strategic policy affecting the health and welfare of kept animals such as farm animals, horses and pets.

The announcement was made by Mr Paice during a visit to the Borderway Agri-Expo in Carlisle.