Every year millions of animals and their owners are put through unbearable and unnecessary trauma at the hands of unscrupulous veterinary practitioners.
The veterinary industry is no longer run by caring 'James Herriot' types. It is a multi-million pound, 'profit -driven - industry. As consumers we pay into a multi-million pound industry and yet we and our animals have no rights or recourse.
Read the following story from one ex-vet: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1232217/Why-Im-ashamed-vet-shocking-expose-profession-puts-pets-painful-unnecessary-treatments-fleece-trusting-owners.html
In 1999 Dispatches (produced by Twenty Twenty Television) released a half hour, one off programme called "Who Vets the Vets" this documentary scratched the surface and revealed some of the grim truth for the first time. Pulling back the curtain on sadistic practices, cruelty beyond belief and all for money! Animals put through unnecessary operations, beloved pets entering the veterinary environment for relatively simple treatment and ending up in a living nightmare of pain and suffering (one beautiful dog went in for something simple and returned home in a bin bag in pieces!); drugs administered unnecessarily, animal companions euthanized for no good reason and all for money.
Since the making of the Dispatches programme NOTHING has changed. Why? Because the veterinary industry is SELF REGULATED by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS). If you study and qualify and become a member of the RCVS - what do you think the chances are of you ever being found guilty BY THEM of negligence? THIS MUST CHANGE FOREVER.
We the undersigned are asking for three things: 1. regulation of veterinary fees by the Department of Trade, 2. for any animals that have to stay overnight in veterinary hospitals to be constantly overseen by qualified staff whilst also allowing access at any time to family and 3. to establish an independent regulatory body for the veterinary industry above and beyond the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons so that any claims of negligence or malpractice will be dealt with in an unbiased and transparent way. Without these fundamental changes, atrocities will continue!
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