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New York State Veterinarians Support Ban on Cat Declawing
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Tuesday, March 01, 2016 04:23 PM

A bill that would make New York the first state in the nation to ban cat declawing, A.1297/ S.5084, is being championed by 115 veterinarians from across the state.

Veterinary support for the bill is being organized by The Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association and The Paw Project. Eileen Jefferson, DVM, New York state representative for HSVMA, said: "Declawing involves painful amputations – cutting off the last bone of a cat’s digits. When done for convenience, it is medically and ethically unjustifiable. The research consensus is that at least one in five cats show long-term physical or behavioral problems after being declawed."

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Suspected Kalamazoo Dogfighting Operation Raided
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Thursday, February 18, 2016 12:41 PM

The Humane Society of the United States and an HSVMA Member Assisted Kalamazoo County Animal Services in Investigation and Rescue of Ten Dogs

Authorities seized dogs and dogfighting paraphernalia from the property of a previously convicted dogfighter in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Kalamazoo County Animal Services and Enforcement discovered that the suspect, Kelvin Eric Thomas, had allegedly resumed breeding dogs for the purpose of fighting, and called The Humane Society of the United States to assist with the case. Seven pit bull-type dogs and three doberman pinschers were removed from the property.

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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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