In case you haven't seen it, the following is a press release from the Province. What do you think? Did you respond to the survey?

NEWS RELEASE: For Immediate Release2010AGRI0003-001469Nov. 23, 2010


British Columbians are invited to participate in a review of the province's
animal health policy and legislation during a 60-day web-based consultation,
announced Agriculture Minister Ben Stewart today. The deadline to provide
feedback is January 23, 2011. "We're seeking the public's view on animal
health issues and asking for input from those whose work is affected by
animal health issues," said Stewart. "Animal health is important to all
British Columbians. It's not only an important issue for farmers, ranchers,
and food processors, but it can also impact human health when diseases are
passed from animals to people." Animal health management generally involves
two broad sets of activities: disease prevention and outbreak management and
control. Managing animal health is important for the ongoing success of
animal farming and ranching in B.C. The agriculture industry, veterinarians,
and others all play important front-line roles in animal health management.
The province has an important role in supporting successful animal disease
prevention by having the authority to quickly act to control disease
outbreaks. "It's essential that B.C.'s animal health management system is
responsive and that it safeguards both animal and human health, and the
economic well-being of farmers and ranchers," said Stewart. "I'm really
encouraging members of the general public and anyone with an interest in
animal health to take part in this review." The Ministry of Agriculture is
reviewing the existing animal health legislation and policy, focussing
primarily on the Animal Disease Control Act and related legislation,
regulation, and policy. The Animal Disease Control Act is B.C.'s central
animal health statute, and is over 50 years old. The goal of the review is
to develop a robust framework for the management of animal health in British
Columbia. For more information on the animal health policy review or to
participate in the consultation, please visit: -30- Contact: Patrick VertPublic Affairs
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