Keeping animals in crates, cages raises health concerns

Source: Common Wealth magazine

(June 24, 2014) “YOU CAN’T HAVE good human health without good animal health, and you can’t have good animal health without good human health” said the late great Dr. James Harlan Steele, one of three internationally-recognized pillars of Veterinary Public Health. It’s important for legislators to keep Dr. Steele’s sage words in mind as the Massachusetts Legislature considers the potential impact on public health of permitting the use of veal and swine gestation crates and battery cages for hens in Massachusetts...

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Dog treats, piglet virus focus of US panel on China

Source: AgWeek

(June 16, 2014) Incidents ranging from Chinese dog treats pulled from U.S. pet stores to the virus that has killed millions of American piglets has raised concerns about the safety of food and feed imports from China, lawmakers say.

The problems “have highlighted concerns over the effectiveness of China’s food safety regulation, the effectiveness of U.S. government regulation of imported foods from China, and the overall safety of such foods,” says Democratic Senator Sherrod Brown of Ohio and Republican Representative Christopher Smith of New Jersey...

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Jerky Pet Treat Deal: Makers Agree to $6.5 Million Fund

Source: NBC News

(May 30, 2014) Two of the nation’s biggest makers of jerky treats blamed for deaths and illnesses of thousands of pets have agreed to create a $6.5 million fund to compensate dog owners who believe their animals were harmed, according to terms of a settlement in a class-action lawsuit announced Friday...

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Petco Pulls All Tainted Pet Jerky Treats From Shelves

Source: NBC News

(May 20, 2014) Petco became the first national pet retail chain to remove all China-made dog and cat treats today when it announced that it would stop selling the products in its more than 1,300 locations by the end of the year...

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Compromise puppy-mill bill passes

Source: Connecticut Post

(May 7, 2014) HARTFORD -- State Rep. Brenda Kupchick's four-year campaign to stop Midwestern puppy mills from dumping genetically inferior animals on Connecticut's pet owners culminated early this morning in a compromise bill that would return retail prices and vet bills for newly purchased dogs and cats that become sick...

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A Veterinary Student Interviews a Veterinarian Astronaut, Dr. Rick Linnehan

Source: Veterinary Legacy blog

(April 28, 2014) As a veterinary medical student, I appreciate comparative medicine and the promotion of animal health and well-being. As a research scientist, I appreciate the scientific method and the process of creating new knowledge. Recently, I was able to combine both of my passions by attending the National Space Biomedical Research Institute Apprenticeship at NASA’s Johnson Space Center. While participating in the program, I became aware of the fact that veterinarians had been to space. One in particular was of interest to me...

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LSU Veterinarian Students Spay and Neuter Pets At Rayne Animal Shelter

Source: KATC

(April 10, 2014) Today, a group of LSU veterinarian student traveled to Acadia Parish to practice what they've been learning in the classroom for the last four years....

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Q&A: Pets Are Becoming People, Legally Speaking

Source: National Geographic

(April 6, 2014) We love our pets. About 90 percent of owners consider their pets part of the family. More than 80 percent of us would likely risk our lives for them. Last year, we spent $55 billion on the animals that share our lives.

This is all fairly new. Dog and cat ownership has quadrupled since the 1960s, and our pet expenditures have more than doubled since 2000. As more and more cats and dogs (150 million in the United States) have licked and purred their way into our lives, they've also worked their way into the legal system. Pets have become the subject of legislation and court battles, and in some cases even have their own legal representation...

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