Taking the bull by the horns

August 30, 2016

Taking the bull by the horns

 

A couple of months ago I wrote a letter to the editor of Vetscript, the magazine of the New Zealand Veterinary Association, in response to both a recent article on pet food and the position the Association has recently been taking on the place and value of veterinarians in New Zealand society. 

Here's a little of what I wrote. "I believe that if our profession is going to truly endorse the NZVA’s positioning of vets at the intersection of people, animals and the environment then it is time to start questioning the provenance of the pet food that we are selling.  If we are really going to strive for greater animal “wellbeing” rather than just meeting minimum standards of animal welfare then at what point does it become unethical to sell pet food made from factory farmed chicken? If we genuinely desire to meet the NZVA’s antimicrobial resistance statement that “by 2030, New Zealand Inc will not need antibiotics for the maintenance of animal health and wellness” then should we retail products made from animals raised in systems with high antibiotic usage? And if a stated goal of our profession is to increase the value of NZ Inc, is it not hypocritical for our businesses to be selling huge volumes of protein imported from Europe and the USA?"

Sometime in the next few days a large percentage of the membership of the NZVA will receive the magazine and hopefully will find my letter thought provoking and maybe even come and check out what I'm up to! 



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How long will my box last?
 Weight  Feed daily 4.5 kg box lasts 9 kg box lasts
(kg) (cups) approx. (days) approx. (days)

2.5

1/2

72

144

5

3/4

48

96

10

1 1/4

29

58

15

1 1/2

24

48

20

2

18

36

25

2 1/4

16

32

30

2 1/2

14

29

35

3

12

24

40

3 1/4

11

22

45

3 1/2

10

21

50

3 3/4

9

19