Editorial 7: Associations
The associations have had remarkable success during recent decades, especially those which have focused their attention on the development and popularization of science related to an animal species.
Professional associations or producers of poultry, swine or ruminant species are examples to follow in many aspects.
During many years these associations have been the source of learning, post-academic training and refresher courses to enable professionals to acquire the skills to help developing the sector. Producers and entrepreneurs found a place to discuss the problems of increased cost of certain raw materials, converted into commodities, or the use of new sources of food for their animals so that they could articulate common plans for current health threats.
However, the success depends on the hazards which threat lives of these associations. We can divide them into four, as it follows:
– The success of their symposia or conferences has caused they have evolved to international fairs and they have become desirable by the government or any of its representatives.
– The impact of the association in public life, in some countries predominantly farmers, makes those who hold public positions might be tempted to use them as a springboard to jump to the national political life.
– The membership of any of these associations may be attractive for politicians as once they are introduced who they use them as their own platforms.
– There is a danger that some associations become lobbies that tend to establish an oligopoly in their countries, by promoting legal and technological barriers to prevent the entry of competition and affecting negatively the domestic market against the interests of their citizens.
From Veterinaria Digital, we condemn any of the four situations, described above, which are currently being too frequent as we have seen in Europe with the example of Expoaviga.
From Veterinaria Digital, we encourage professionals, producers and their managers not to deviate from the purity of the original objectives, as in the end they will benefit the industrial sector and consequently the general public.
In Veterinaria Digital we offer our support to those groups of professionals and producers who are interested in giving life or to revive those activities which have disappeared or have become wastes from their initial position due to the 4 dangers mentioned above.