Animal welfare, Brexit and workforce top the list of 10 pledges that the British Veterinary Association is calling on all political parties to include in their manifestos for the upcoming General Election.

The 10 pledges (available at are based on BVA animal welfare campaigns, non-stun slaughter, animal sentience, and illegal puppy imports, BVA’s commitment to evidence-based disease control, and the ongoing drive to improve recruitment and retention in the veterinary profession, something we are also very passionate about.

The pledges were unveiled at a private briefing for MPs and Peers in Westminster in October. Ben Lake MP, BVA Honorary Associate hosted the event where he called on fellow politicians to engage with BVA, describing the Association as “a font of knowledge and advice and assistance”.

The 10 pledges are:

  • Reject a no-deal Brexit
  • Boost the veterinary workforce
  • Protect all animals in law
  • Protect UK welfare standards in future trade deals and agri policies
  • Protect the welfare of animals at slaughter
  • Strengthen legislation against illegal puppy imports
  • Commit to evidence-based disease control
  • Introduce a single database for microchip registration
  • Ban primates as pets
  • Put animal welfare on the national curriculum

The BVA has written to all major political parties to ask them to adopt the pledges in their General Election manifestos.