Kellogg: All cage-free eggs by 2025

Source: Battle Creek Enquirer

(October 29, 2015) Kellogg Co. plans to expand its animal welfare efforts by sourcing only cage-free eggs and eliminating gestation stalls from its pork supply chain by the end of 2025, the company said Thursday.

The Battle Creek-based food company uses eggs in several of its food offerings, including Eggo frozen breakfast foods and MorningStar Farms frozen vegetable food brands. The company said it also purchases "a small amount of pork" for use in its frozen breakfast sandwiches...

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Risk factors for suicide, attitudes toward mental illness, and practice-related stressors among US veterinarians

Source: JAVMA

(October 15, 2015) Read the results of a study that evaluated the prevalence of suicide risk factors, attitudes toward mental illness, and practice-related stressors among US veterinarians.

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Arizona university installs state of the art 'Haptic Cow and Horse'

Source: FarmingUK

(September 24, 2015) Midwestern University in Arizona has recently installed both the Haptic Cow and Horse in its new College of Veterinary Medicine to help make their students “Day One Ready”.

Both training systems employ haptics to simulate an animal’s internal organs and were developed by Prof Sarah Baillie of The University of Bristol and are marketed and supported worldwide by Virtalis, the leading Virtual Reality and visualisation company...

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California livestock drug bill set for Assembly hearing

Source: The Siskiyou Daily News

(August 25, 2015) A Senate bill currently before the California State Assembly could require livestock owners to obtain a prescription before administering certain drugs to their animals. Introduced by Senator Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo), Senate Bill 27 would, starting on Jan. 1, 2018, prohibit the administration of “medically important” anti-microbial drugs to livestock unless ordered by a licensed veterinarian through a prescription or veterinary feed directive...

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Legislation helps ensure integrity, economic future of Thoroughbred racing


(August 17, 2015) When I was elected to Congress, I dedicated my service to becoming a champion for the signature industries of Kentucky. No industry is more synonymous with our commonwealth than Thoroughbred breeding and horse racing, which has long been a source of jobs and opportunity for the people of Kentucky...

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Vets call for complete ban on wild animal acts in circuses across Europe

Source: Express

(August 5, 2015) VETS across Europe have called for an outright ban on lions and tigers performing in circuses.

It has call for: “All European and national competent authorities to prohibit the use of wild mammals in travelling circuses across Europe since there is by no means the possibility that their physiological, mental and social requirements can adequately be met.”...

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Commentary | THIA would help clean up horse racing

Source: The Courier-Journal

(August 3, 2015) American Pharoah recently became the first horse in 37 years to win the Triple Crown, before a roaring, record crowd at Belmont Park outside New York City. Many hoped the performance would give Thoroughbred racing the jump start it badly needs. Unfortunately, there is more to the story.

The positive press from a great horse’s rare achievement lasted about a week. Since then, the mainstream media’s general negativity about the American racing industry has resumed, most notably concerning legal and illegal drug usage on racehorses, or simply by ignoring the sport in its coverage. In the face of this atmosphere, I want to express my thanks to The Courier-Journal for its excellent coverage of the Thoroughbred Horseracing Integrity Act (THIA) of 2015, and to U.S. Reps. Andy Barr, R-Ky., and Paul Tonko, D-N.Y., co-chairmen of the Congressional Horse Caucus, who introduced the federal bipartisan bill on July 16...

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Dr. Jeff Young is Animal Planet's Newest Star in Rocky Mountain Vet

Source: Westword

(July 10, 2015) Dr. Jeffrey Young is a casting director’s dream. There’s the veterinarian’s look: long, greying hair, a thick mustache and kanji tattoos inked on his biceps, sculpted from years working as a track-and-field coach at North High.

Then there’s the fact that, a quarter-century into his practice, Young still isn’t shy about sharing his opinions. The owner of Highland’s Planned Pethood Plus clinic, Young has courted controversy his entire career, whether testifying opposite his own professors in the state senate over vet schools’ sourcing of animals from pounds, or laying into the profiteering he says exists in his own profession. “I hate to say it, but I find that vets either don’t necessarily know a diagnosis or what they’re doing, or they lie about it,” says Young. “And I don’t know which is worse. Are you that poorly trained, where you suggest a surgery that isn’t really necessary? Or is it just for the money?”..

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