Naked vets who left vegans vexed
A PRESTIGIOUS vets’ college has been accused of caving in to vegan hardliners in a row over a charity calendar.
Final-year male students at the Royal Veterinary College in London used the sheep to hide their modesty in one of the calendar’s pictures.
It shows the naked vets ‘tipping’ the animals – a method used to examine hooves that is considered safe and painless. However, the image led to ‘obscene personal threats’ on social media – and the principal of the Royal Veterinary College in London initially ordered that the calendar be scrapped.
Later it was made clear that only the offending image would be removed. The RVC published an open letter declaring it had told students their behaviour was ‘inappropriate’.
However, the RVC students’ union said college bosses had ‘failed [in] their duty of care’ to students, ‘as their statement has given credence to the negative response from a minority group online who now feel emboldened to target individual students with personal threats’.
Students also described how they had suffered ‘personal attacks and harassment ... simply for being associated with the calendar’, reported the Veterinary Record, the official journal of the British Veterinary Association.
The British Cattle Veterinary Association defended the students, saying: ‘In the image, the students are demonstrating a standard handling mechanism in animal husbandry. This is widely recognised as being safe and pain-free for the animals. Singling out this image … is grossly unfair.
‘The RVC have a role in supporting these students. Such an institute should be making their decision on evidence rather than a small, vocal social media thread.’
A college spokesman insisted the image ‘caused offence to some and involved unnecessary handling of animals’.