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Manitoba Farm Animal Council Applauds Creation of Chief Veterinary Officer Position

by 5m Editor
29 November 2004, at 12:00am

CANADA - Farm-Scape: Episode 1655. Farm-Scape is a Wonderworks Canada production and is distributed courtesy of Manitoba Pork Council and Sask Pork.

Farm-Scape, Episode 1655

The Manitoba Farm Animal Council is hopeful Manitoba's newly created position of Chief Veterinary Officer will help lower the risk of foreign animal disease and assist in facilitating zoning in Canada.

Last week Manitoba's Agriculture Minister announced a Chief Veterinary Officer will be named early in the new year.

The CVO will be responsible for provincial strategies and response plans relating to food health and the animal industry and will act as a liaison with food and animal related industries, the public and associations such as the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, the Canada Customs and Revenue Agency, and other provincial, federal and state governments.

Manitoba Farm Animal Council Chair Garry Tolton welcomes the announcement.

"We believe it's very important. It shows a recognition that the government sees animal agriculture as an important segment. We have seen the BSE crisis and the Avian Flu and these kind of things are very stressful for both producers and for animals.

If you have to destroy animals because of trade barriers or to control the disease, it would be much better to try to prevent it.

We see this as a way of preventing or lessening the problem whether they be foreign animal diseases or just diseases that are harmful to animals.

Hopefully CFIA and this position can work together and we can get zoning at some point so that the whole country doesn't suffer from one problem.

It would be one area so, if it was Ontario east rather than all of Canada, there would have to be a lot less animals dealt with in a disease.

It's not a pretty thought to think about having to destroy animals to control disease. It would be better to prevent it from coming in the first place."

Tolton says the creation of the position of Chief Veterinary Officer reverses a trend toward less government involvement in providing veterinary services.

For Farmscape.Ca, I'm Bruce Cochrane.

5m Editor