Well the ASEL review panel has been announced and former Liberal Senator Chris Back, subject of criticism in the book Backlash (coauthored by RSPCA Chief Scientist Dr Bidda Jones) has been announced as chair. Hardly a tactful choice one would think as it will give animal welfare groups little confidence in the review process. Whats more, the review process may well span a Federal election…..and if there is a change of government, one would doubt that this highly controversial appointment would have bipartisan support.
It is interesting that the Department stated that they will be actively engaging with the Australian Veterinary Association (AVA) but overlooked the very experienced and actively practising livestock veterinarians nominated by the Australian Veterinary Association.
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