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BREAKING NEWS ** Homeopaths march on RCVS Belgravia House
« on: January 16, 2018, 03:12:58 AM »

This press release by the is another smashing hit for the honourable Arlo G.

Considering the Britishness this is thunder rolling down the aisles, from the attic to the deepest cellar deep, deep, deep under the holy halls. The earth bursts with laughter...

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Home » Blogs » News » VetSurgeon News » ** BREAKING NEWS ** Homeopaths march on RCVS Belgravia House

Arlo Guthrie
15 Jan 2018 12:20 PM is hearing early reports of a homeopathic protest march currently taking place in London.

The protesters, which understands comprises six veterinary surgeons and 30-40 pet owners, started their march in Parliament Square and are now bearing down on the RCVS Headquarters in Horseferry Road.

The campaigners are, we are told, protesting against the RCVS position statement on complementary and homeopathic veterinary medicines.

No word yet on how the College proposes to defend itself from the hoard; certainly no sign of any cauldrons of boiling oil atop the battlements, nor any riot police yet in evidence.

More news as it happens. has a photographer on the ground ...


1:00pm: The protesters have arrived at Belgravia House. A couple of protesters are armed with umbrellas, presumably to guard against the ever-present risk of overdose. It's getting messy: we're hearing that they've blocked the pavement. Wait up. Someone has emerged from the College to speak with them. Well hello, Mr President.

1:01pm: We were hoping that some of the protesters might, I dunno, handcuff themselves to Belgravia House or something. But after a tense standoff lasting over 36 seconds, it looks like the protest is petering out already. Apparently they've started dispersing to the park opposite.

1:02pm: Yup, they've all gone off to the park now. This may go down as one of the shortest protests in history.

1:16pm: Word has it they've headed off to the White Horse and Bower.

More photos of this momentous occasion to follow ...

1. The seasoned campaigner is always careful to choose any banner that appears over their head with great care.

2. It was a beautiful march. A big march. The bigliest. Haven't seen that many people on the street since Donald Trump's inauguration.

3. The RCVS headquarters under siege.

4. Millie the dog (perhaps better called 'Millie the anecdote') illustrates the flawed thinking behind homeopathy.

5. Nobody told this campaigner than homeopathy wasn't banned in the first place. You can get it from any tap.

6. RCVS President, Professor Stephen May, presumably wishing he'd taken the day off work.

7. It took some hours moments before the crowd dispersed fully and life in London was able to return to normal.

3.43pm: The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons has issued a statement following the march, which says:

"The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons today met a delegation of around 40 animal owners and veterinary surgeons who wished to voice their concern about a recent position statement by RCVS Council on the use of complementary and alternative medicines, including homeopathy.

President Stephen May and CEO Lizzie Lockett received a copy of an online petition that was set up following the statement, which has since received around 15,000 signatures, including around 11,000 from supporters in the UK.

Stephen and Lizzie also took time to hear accounts and stories from the supporters, and to listen to the points they wished to raise.

In view of the cold, wet weather, the College had laid on some hot drinks for all the visitors, and invited the delegation inside, but these were declined.

Stephen said: "We were pleased to be able to meet our visitors today and to receive their petition, although it was a little tricky trying to answer questions on a busy London pavement!

"We continue to recognise that homeopathy and other complementary therapies are popular amongst some animal owners and certain members of the veterinary profession, as indicated by today’s delegation, but it is worth reiterating that the RCVS Council statement does not ban their use.

"What it does state, is that in order to protect animal welfare, we regard such treatments as being complementary, rather than alternative, to treatments for which there is a recognised evidence base or which are based on sound scientific principles.

"This is similar to the position that we have held on complementary therapies for many years, but we will always be happy to receive and consider scientific evidence that demonstrates their efficacy.""

I wouldn't hold your breath.

All photographs ©2018 Under licence to London News Pictures Ltd. +44 208 088 1155

London News Pictures Ltd., we are not going to be friends. But who needs them anyway --- with Arlo chiseling fine words in the marble?

Earlier, in mid of November 2016, he wrote:

Home » Blogs » News » VetSurgeon News » Homeopaths up in arms about new RCVS position on alternative medicine

Arlo Guthrie Arlo
16 Nov 2017 8:22 AM

The Faculty of Homeopathy and the British Association of Homeopathic Veterinary Surgeons (BAHVS) have responded to the RCVS's new position on the use of complementary and alternative medicines in veterinary practice. The Faculty of Homeopathy and the British Association of Homeopathic Veterinary Surgeons (BAHVS) have responded to the RCVS's new position ( on the use of complementary and alternative medicines in veterinary practice.

The organisations say that the RCVS position is that it expects veterinary surgeons to offer treatments "underpinned by a recognised evidence base".

However, what the RCVS position statement actually says is: "we expect that treatments offered by veterinary surgeons are underpinned by a recognised evidence base or sound scientific principles".

As yet, neither the Faculty of Homeopathy nor the BAHVS have explained which sound scientific principles homeopathy may be based on.

The Faculty of Homeopathy and the BAHVS go on to say that misinformation concerning the efficacy of homeopathy has been promulgated by a small minority opposed to homeopathy.

However, a survey carried out by and Alex Gough MRCVS, Head of Medicine Referrals at Bath Veterinary Group in 2013 ( found that 83% of veterinary surgeons opposed homeopathy, 78% to the degree that they felt it should not be practised under the the professional title of MRCVS.

The BAHVS response claims there is quality evidence supporting the efficacy of homeopathy, in direct contradiction to the many and various bodies and studies that have concluded the reverse, including the NHS, the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council, The House of Commons Science and Technology Committee ( and more recently, the European Academies Science Advisory Council (EASAC) (, an organisation representing the 29 national academies in Europe including the Royal Society (, which recently declared in a statement ( that: "homeopathy is implausible" and "there is no rigorous evidence to substantiate the use of homeopathy in veterinary medicine."

The BAHVS claims there is growing interest in homeopathy from animal owners, "as they see conventional medicines regularly failing or producing adverse side-effects". It says: "this is especially true in livestock farming where there is a drive to reduce the dependence on antibiotics in light of concerns about antimicrobial resistance".

However, the recent EASAC statement specifically singled out the use of homeopathy in farm animals, saying that the lack of evidence is: "particularly worrying when such products are used in preference to evidence-based medicinal products to treat livestock infections."

The BAHVS response says that if the RCVS were to apply the same evidential criteria it is using for homeopathy to all treatments, there would be far fewer clinical options available to the profession; that the RCVS is limiting veterinary surgeons' clinical freedom. However, it doesn't substantiate this claim with examples of any clinical treatments used by veterinary surgeons which are not based on scientific principles and which would be limited if the same evidential standards applied. supports the Campaign for Rational Veterinary Medicine.

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