Vets put high welfare veal back on the table to help reduce surplus male production animals

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Our new joint position says that putting high welfare, UK veal and goat’s meat back onto the table could help reduce the regular killing of unwanted male animals on farms.

As part of a series of pragmatic recommendations to tackle the difficult issue of surplus male production animals, BVA and three divisions say that high welfare UK veal and goat meat should be promoted to help replace the need for the slaughter of unwanted male calves and goats.


In the new position, BVA and the British Cattle Veterinary Association (BCVA), Goat Veterinary Society (GVS) and the British Veterinary Poultry Association (BVPA) look at the issues associated with surplus male offspring in animals produced for dairy and eggs.

The position calls for solutions based on the overarching principle that quality of life should take precedence over lifespan, with the longer-term aim to move away from the production of unwanted animals all together. In the meantime, further research into solutions to reduce numbers of additional male offspring and to make sure that on-farm methods of killing surplus animals are humane, could be invaluable.

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