Ethics/Welfare

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A Voice For the Suffering

Animal cruelty is a widespread phenomenon that has serious impact on animal welfare, the wellbeing of individual animals, and our society, as well as veterinary medicine in general. A pivotal question that must be answered is this: what constitutes abuse or neglect in our patients?

New York state bans cat declawing

Poll: Should the U.S. Ban Cat Declawing?

After New York State banned declawing of cats, we asked our Facebook fans if they agreed or disagreed. Four hundred people voted, with 94% voting in favor of the legislation.

World Animal Day

World Animal Day — 12 Ways to Get Involved

World Animal Day unites the animal welfare movement, mobilizing it into a global force to make the world a better place for all animals. More than 1,000 events are held every year in more than 70 countries, from Andorra to Zimbabwe.

trap-neuter-release for feral cats

Study: Sterilization Is Best for Controlling Feral Cats

“Sadly, many communities still opt to do nothing to control populations of community cats or use outdated, ineffective methods — such as sporadic trapping and removal,” says one of the study’s coauthors. “This research confirms high-intensity TNR is the most effective, humane way to stabilize a population of community cats and, over time, reduce them.”

New York bans cat declawing

New York Is First State To Ban Cat Declawing

“Declawing is a cruel and painful procedure that can create physical and behavioral problems for helpless animals, and today it stops,” said New York Governor Cuomo. “By banning this archaic practice, we will ensure that animals are no longer subjected to these inhumane and unnecessary procedures.” Proponents of the law disagree.

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