Animal homeopathy under fire in Britain

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dennie-stock_132818Veterinary homeopathy is in the spotlight in Britain, with campaigners petitioning the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) to blacklist homeopathy from the treatments vets are allowed to offer animals and their owners.

Another campaign is calling for the RCVS to come into line with Britain’s National Health Service and make a public statement about veterinary homeopathy. The Campaign for Rational Veterinary Medicine is not asking for a ban, but that animal owners should be able to make a more informed decision about what homeopathy is and the evidence surrounding it.

As well as the public statement, the campaign’s other points are:

  • Vets who prescribe homeopathic remedies are required to get owners to sign a consent form, prepared by the College, giving the College’s views on the ineffectiveness of homeopathy.
  • Veterinary surgeons must abide by the Advertising Standards Authority regulations concerning the advertising of medical treatments.
  • Advertising or promotion of homeopathy by a veterinary surgeon is accompanied by an abbreviated version of the RCVS position statement.

The petition calling for a ban on homeopathics argues that as homeopathy has no effect beyond placebo, it could be considered that the use of it is not a cause for concern.  “However we believe the use of homeopathic remedies by veterinary surgeons is potentially dangerous for several reasons”, an open letter to the RCVS said.

“The biggest danger of homeopathy is not that the remedies are ineffective, but that some homeopaths are of the opinion that their therapies can substitute for genuine medical treatment. This is at best misleading, and at worst may lead to unnecessary suffering and death.”

The petition to ban vets from prescribing homeopathy as a treatment for animals is here.

 

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7 thoughts on “Animal homeopathy under fire in Britain

  • December 3, 2015 at 3:38 am
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    This is just another attempt at medical censorship. Those who prescribe and those who receive homeopathic veterinary care are perfectly happy with their choices. The only ones upset about it are secretly funded mercenaries for Pharma who are willing to spread all kinds of lies to achieve their unethical goal. Homeopathy is safe, effective, and inexpensive.

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  • December 3, 2015 at 8:22 am
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    I agree with the first comment by DocM.

    I have used homeopathy for my entire family, even curing cancer in one of my pets on one occasion, for the past 30 years.

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  • December 3, 2015 at 9:12 am
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    Good old placebo effect for animals? Idiots.

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  • December 3, 2015 at 10:31 am
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    The 100,00 board certified homeopathic physicians who practice in India curing everything from Dengue fever to Leprosy would be surprised to know that they have been using placebos all these years. So would the 42% of British medical doctors who refer their patients to a homeopath, or the 39% of French physicians prescribed the remedies, the 20% of German physicians who prescribe homeopathic remedies, or the 40% of Dutch doctors who do the same.

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  • December 3, 2015 at 11:00 am
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    Are we being asked to believe that horse owners for over a century who have repeatedly retained the services of homeopathic vets were mistaken in seeing some improvement in the condition of their animals ? Did the homeopathic vets only pretend to treat the animals ?

    Which is more likely, that the skeptics are unable to acknowledge reality, most of them never having stuck their head in a stable or even ridden a horse, or having had some awareness of typical horse illnesses, or that the vets of many years experience actually cured or addressed the equine problems for which they were consulted, to the great relief and thanks of the horse owner ?

    The answer will require some common sense, which may be in low supply among skeptics.

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  • December 3, 2015 at 2:15 pm
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    This is just one more attempt to ensure that no one has the opportunity to use any system of medicine except conventional treatments. This time it’s aimed at vets. Homeopathy is a safe, effective and often curative system of medicine. It is as effective when used with animals as it is when used with people.

    I’ve used homeopathy with my animals for years with great success. I’ve used it for things like mammary infections, boils and cuts. It works beautifully. My beloved animals get better more quickly than they would if I used drugs and suffer a good deal less.

    The only people who don’t like homeopathy as those who lose money when it is used.

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  • December 3, 2015 at 4:17 pm
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    Homeopathy has worked very well when I have chosen to use it for my cats, dogs and horses. If people choose to take their pets to a veterinary homeopath and choose to follow their advice why not be able to do that?

    Animals are the ultimate evidence that homoepathy works beyond placebo. Perhaps that is the “problem” the campaigners really have……

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