Advocate for Animals

A team of HSVMA veterinarians participated in an Equine Lobby Day in September 2019 in Washington, DC, meeting with federal legislators and their staff on several equine welfare bills.

Whether making slight changes in your practice protocol or joining efforts to enact animal protection laws or regulations, now is the time to get involved.

At the state or federal level:

  • Write or speak in support of state or federal animal protective legislation or regulatory issues. Here is a current issue you can help with:
      • July 2022: Support Critical Equine Welfare Legislation - SAFE (Horse Slaughter) and PAST (Horse Soring) Acts. More information HERE>
      • February 2022: Support the Federal Humane Cosmetics Testing Act. More information HERE>

In Your Practice:

In your community:

  • Volunteer for low-cost spay/neuter events such as those associated with World Spay Day (formerly known as Spay Day USA)
  • Get involved in humane education efforts in your local schools
  • Write Letters to the Editor to your local newspaper on animal welfare topics
  • Serve as a resource for local animal agencies control during animal cruelty investigations

In the profession:

  • Encourage your state, national or special veterinary association to adopt resolutions promoting animal welfare
  • Write Letters to the Editor to professional publications in support of animal welfare positions
  • Offer to present at veterinary conventions or other continue education venues on animal welfare topics


For more information about HSVMA Advocacy efforts or to get involved, email us.