‘A spiritual oath of disclosure’ – TAMG (Veterinary medical law)
Insights into the new law on veterinary medicine that was recently passed in Germany
Please find below an insightful article by the German animal homeopath Jasmin-M. Walker who elaborates on the major implications of the first German Veterinary Medicinal Products Act that came into force at the end of this January 2022. This act constitutes a professional ban for classical animal homeopaths and natural veterinary healers.
It constitutes a factual prohibition to practice and thereby is in fact the destruction of an entire therapeutic sector – the elimination of the holistic and homeopathic veterinary therapies.
The new Veterinary Drugs Act, TAMG, has been in force since Friday, January 28, 2022. This means, as the Federal Constitutional Court announced in a press release on the same day: “Unlike the previous legal situation, veterinary health practitioners and animal owners are now prohibited under § 50 Para. 2 TAMG, to use non-prescription or registered human homeopathic medicines for animals.”
In the justification for the rejection of the temporary legal protection it is stated that: All complainants have other occupations, in addition to treating animals with human homeopathic medicines, which they can continue until a final decision has been made in the appeal of the main issue. They therefore do not have to entirely give up their practices until a main decision has been made and they are not forced to build a new professional existence based on other requirements within this period. In addition, the economic disadvantages that individuals suffer as a result of the enforcement of this law do not constitute acceptable grounds to justify the suspension of the application of these norms.
What does this mean?
1. It is very clear that the position of the classical animal homeopaths, has not been taken into consideration by either of the legislative bodies, nor by the highest German court – nor at association level either; Not in the law, nor in the entire legislative process. Anyone who really works as an animal homeopath has no capacity to do anything else economically, for at least the first ten years of setting up practice. Dealing with homeopathy is so demanding that there is no time for part-time jobs, in particular since one is at this time always running at the economic limit anyway. Why: Because the material one is dealing with, requires a lot of time and is a niche topic. It is impossible to record any massive income, as the work is far too individualized.
2. It is not only since homeopathic remedies were integrated into the pharmaceutical law in 1976 that homeopathy and animal homeopathy have been generously granted a complementary existence, classic veterinary homeopathy in the holistic sense of Hahnemann, has existed as a profession in this country for a good 30 years. Since then it has been observed that the structurally conservative hierarchies ignore this profession or, as has now happened in the TAMG, seek to engross it without, of course, looking at what animal homeopathy is. This means that in many areas one can observe very well that homeopathic medicines are used, in this country principally – according to whatever criteria – to “cure” diseases, ailments, etc. in a conventional medical sense, that is, as they are defined by conventional medicine, hence to suppress them on a material level.
Classical animal homeopaths, who work with their four-legged clients according to the holistic parameters specified by Hahnemann, have never reduced their activities to suppressing conventional medical diseases. Here it is always about stabilizing the energetic life force to such an extent that it can take over its creative task again. It is precisely this content that is not taught in the majority of training courses in Germany – including in the area for veterinarians – and is therefore generously overlooked. By (outdated) structurally conservative hierarchies, animal homeopathy is classified as “complementary”, which in this case means subordinate, which ultimately means that it may be used primarily to help alleviate side effects.
Once again: classical animal homeopathy deals with the energetic and material wholeness, the overall condition of the four-legged patient in the context of the “telluric and meteoric” interplay, as Hahnemann put it. It is about capturing the dynamics behind the specific symptoms. Consequently, neither the court nor the legislative bodies have ever correctly apprehended classical animal homeopathy.
3. Homeopathy or animal homeopathy is rather reduced to the use of globules as an alias to chemistry. Apart from the fact that, as a rule, a German veterinarian has learned nothing other than to provide a selectively limited chemical answer to an objective, mathematically and statistically defined diagnosis. A veterinarian trained in this way will usually use the homeopathic medicine de facto, if at all.
If now the Federal Ministry of Agriculture, also in a press release from the same day, as well as the professional associations of animal health practitioners (in an internal ZOOM conference a few days before the law came into force) point out that the rules now have to be bowed to, and as the ministry says that you can also go to the veterinarian with your own animal – also as a therapist – in order to get “homeopathic” treatment, then that says a lot about the limited perspective of the ministry and the professional understanding of the animal naturopathic associations.
However, these instructions cannot be classified as substantial orientation for a classic animal homeopath, because they do not represent a qualified solution in terms of content.
Without a doubt, as a practicing classical animal homeopath, you will initially limit yourself to the 35 newly approved homeopathic medicines that do not require a prescription for animals, and you will clearly tell the animal owners that many chronic events in Germany can no longer be accompanied by holistic homeopathy because the legislator has restricted the freedom of this therapy for animals and is not in a position to formulate usable rules for holistic classical animal homeopathy.
In practice, we lack the access to around 8500 homeopathic concepts, i.e. remedies. In this respect, we can only point out that one should seek help in Switzerland for complex cases, because the classical animal homeopaths in Germany are subject to a de facto professional ban.
What has been pushed through as law here since May 2021, against all objections, even by conventional veterinarians, and is further confirmed by the highest German court, must be based on a different intention, a sensible solution for drug safety and animal welfare for the reality of life, rather than what this country has to offer here? Otherwise, what is happening here can no longer be grasped logically. Link
Above all, the position of the court, the associations and the legislative bodies do not answer the practical question of what to say in practice to the animal owner whose animal is, according to conventional medicine, beyond treatment, and now requires help that would still be possible with animal homeopathy. The animal may be dead by the time of the main case hearings and the veterinary therapist can only say in such a situation: Sorry, go to the vet, he will put your darling down, lege artis.
When one door closes, another one somewhere opens. If we look back, in a few years, then January 2022, with its unsuccessful veterinary drug law, will have given a fundamental impetus to a new understanding of animal health. We will be grateful that this legal regulation will finally have blown up our largely still existing limited perception of animal health.
What one can welcome about the current situation – despite the difficulties, including economic struggles for survival, which we will first have to overcome: that we are gaining clarity about the mental limitations in which the current medical parameters of the so-called civilized world are moving.
As animal owners, we have the choice of bowing to the prescribed restriction or of finding different and new solutions, that are known by the holistically thinking classic animal homeopath, but which in Germany are no longer allowed to be use for the benefit of their four-legged animal patients. The substantive discourse is long overdue, as is the commitment to other rules that are able to guarantee a holistic, unlimited understanding of health in the animal sector. The intellectual oath of disclosure in the TAMG of the legislative bodies and the German jurisdiction are incomprehensible.
About the Author:
Jasmin-M. Walker, JG 1958; Classical animal homeopath (animal mundi), Practices since 2007, International Online-Consultations (englisch/deutsch), Supervision, Journalist, Author, Coach, Seminar-lead
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