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Congress Urged to Act on Anti-Horse Soring Legislation in Early 2016
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Wednesday, December 30, 2015 11:49 AM

PAST Act Has Nearly 300 Cosponsors in the House and Senate and Hundreds of Endorsements from Leading Equine, Veterinary and Law Enforcement Organizations

A federal bill to protect Tennessee walking horses from the cruel practice known as “soring” reached two congressional milestones by far surpassing 218 cosponsors in the House (at 240 and counting) and by earning its 50th cosponsor in the U.S. Senate: Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kansas, chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee. Between them, the House and Senate versions of the Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act, H.R. 3268 and S. 1121, have 290 cosponsors from 42 states across the country. In addition to strong bipartisan cosponsorship of a majority in each chamber, the PAST Act also enjoys broad support from a coalition of the nation’s leading horse industry, veterinary, law enforcement and animal protection groups.

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California Gov. Jerry Brown Signs Historic Bill to Regulate Use of Antibiotics in Farm Animals
Advocacy
Saturday, October 10, 2015 01:06 PM

California Gov. Jerry Brown has signed Senate Bill 27 into law. This historic legislation will require a veterinarian’s order for all antimicrobials sold over the counter for use in farm animals via the Veterinary Feed Directive. Authored by Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, the bill previously passed the California Assembly with a vote of 71 to 6 and by a Senate concurrence vote of 37 to 1. The Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association and the California Veterinary Medical Association strongly supported the legislation.

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HSVMA Helping Care for Animals Displaced by California Fires
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Sunday, September 27, 2015 06:47 AM

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Dr. Kate Kuzminski with a cat who suffered burns to the face during the fires.  HSVMA

As cleanup and recovery efforts continue in the wake of devastating wildfires that engulfed parts of Northern California, animal organizations, including the Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association, are working together to ensure pets and livestock displaced by the fire are receiving care until they can be reunited with their families.

Under the request and support of Dr. Rick Bachman, the acting medical director for Lake County Animal Care and Control, HSVMA-RAVS veterinarian, Dr. Kate Kuzminski, and veterinary technician Dominique Fortner are helping to provide medical care to animals from small companion animals to livestock.

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