Animal Health Bill goes through

UK Animal Health Bill becomes law

source: Veterinary Record vol 151 no 20, November 16 2002 p589

The UK Animal Health Bill became law in November 2002. The legislation means the government has more power to enter farms to vaccinate, test and slaughter animals, in order to deal with disease outbreaks, and to cull to prevent foot and mouth disease from spreading. There is likely to be more stress on vaccination in the future, according to Elliot Morley, animal health minister. Morley emphasises that the powers the Act gives the government are aimed at providing more ways to control diseases, and are to be employed as a last resort.