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Animal Welfare/Ethics

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For Whom the Bell Tolls

Breed bans are beginning to crop up in international kennel clubs. Will this affect the U.S. veterinary and companion animal industry?

Veterinarians have an ethical obligation to their patients and companion animals as a whole. Should we follow international suit and support breed bans or keep pushing for scientifically driven positive breeding programs?

Identifying Signs of Animal Abuse

Animal abuse diagnoses can be challenging, but being able to identify potential signs of abuse enables veterinarians to better serve their patients and clients.

There are plentiful resources for identifying and diagnosing animal abuse and neglect in order to better your patient’s life as soon as possible.

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In Good Faith

It is veterinarians' sole purpose to ensure the wellbeing of pets, but what if you suspect intentional abuse? All veterinarians should be protected.

It is veterinarians’ sole purpose to ensure the wellbeing of pets, but what if you suspect intentional abuse? Do you feel protected in reporting suspected animal abuse?

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Newly Proposed Florida Law Protecting Pets from Abuse has Gained Bipartisan Support

A proposed law strengthening protection against cruelty for dogs and cats has been introduced and is gaining bilateral support in the Florida House and Senate. HB 621 Animal Cruelty, or Allie’s Law, provides guidelines regarding when a veterinarian or member of a veterinary medical facility is required to report signs of suspected animal cruelty to law enforcement or animal control.

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What Constitutes Animal Cruelty?

Following the track of the Nov/Dec issue’s editor’s letter, this article looks at the legal status of owning a pet in the U.S. and beyond, as well as what constitutes animal cruelty beyond physical abuse.

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Poll: Have You Ever Suspected a Pet Owner of Animal Abuse?

There are signs that an animal is being abused or neglected. Does a veterinarian have a legal duty to report suspected abuse, neglect or cruelty? Unfortunately, the laws vary by state, but there are steps veterinarians can take to help their patient. Plus, the results of our latest Facebook poll.

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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?

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Veterinarians Help Horses Impacted by Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas

The Animal Wellness Foundation, as part of its disaster response efforts, is providing hay to surviving horses on the island of Grand Bahama in the aftermath of the devastating impact of Hurricane Dorian in August. AWF was a member of a coalition of humane organizations that facilitated the rescue of 72 homeless dogs from Nassau following the storm.