Punishment to Support: The Need to Align Animal Control Enforcement with the Human Social Justice Movement

Source: MDPI

(October 16, 2020) The current emphasis on enforcement and punishment in animal control policy has disproportionately negative impacts on low-income communities in the United States (US), particularly people of color. In this way, animal protection efforts are perpetuating many of the same inequities under examination in the human social justice movement. Reallocating the resources that have historically gone towards enforcement in communities to efforts that provide support in addressing the root causes of animal welfare concerns is needed to improve outcomes for pets in historically underserved communities...Read more»


Stop and think before buying a flat-faced dog, the Royal Veterinary College warns

Source: Science Focus

(October 14, 2020) The popularity of many flat-faced dog breeds such as French bulldogs has risen dramatically in recent years despite regular assertions that they are prone to many health issues including breathing problems and sore eyes. However, there has been limited reliable evidence on the wider general health of flat-faced, or brachycephalic, dogs compared to other dogs. Now, a study led by the Royal Veterinary College’s VetCompass programme, examining the overall health of a random sample of 4,169 flat-faced dogs compared to 18,079 others attending veterinary practices in the UK has confirmed that brachycephalic dogs are more likely to suffer from a range of health disorders...Read more»


Futurevores: "Humane" Meat and Other Proteins for Pets Are Coming Soon

Source:  AHAA (membership required to view full article)

(September 2020) Concerns about health, sustainability, climate change, and animal welfare have pushed food technology companies to develop protein alternatives to conventional meat for consumers. Plant-based options from Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods, for example, are familiar to many vegetarians, vegans, and “flexitarians,” those who occasionally eat meat or fish. Now those same concerns are driving biotech companies to focus on protein alternatives to traditional sourcing for pet foods and treats. Some plant- and fungi-based options are already available, and “cultured”—also known as slaughter-free—meat is expected to be among the choices in the next few years...Read more»


Deconstructing the spay/neuter debate

Source: Animal Sheltering

(Summer 2020) When pet owners hear that spay/neuter is associated with an increased risk of a particular disease, they’re understandably alarmed. What’s too often missing from the discussion is that spay/neuter decisions shouldn’t be based on the impact on a small handful of diseases. Instead, we must look at the overall health and longevity of the animal. And where research seems to point to a potential increase in occurrence of a particular disease, we must consider disease incidence and be prepared to explain why a decreased incidence of a common disease outweighs the potential increased risk of a rare one...Read more»


One Welfare, the role of health professionals, and climate change

Source: Animal Sentience

(2020) Wiebers & Feigin argue that the COVID-19 crisis is a call for humanity to rethink our relationships with animals and the environment. This One Welfare approach has implications for the role of health care professionals and demands that we address climate change...Read more»


Owners Remain Faithful to Flat-Faced Dogs Despite Heath Woes

Source: US News & World Report

(August 28, 2020) In spite of serious health problems, flat-faced pooches such as bulldogs, French bulldogs and pugs win the hearts of their owners, a new study finds. Respiratory disease, breathing issues, eye disease, spinal disease, heat stroke and pneumonia are among the severe disorders that afflict these dogs. And they live an average of four fewer years than dogs with longer muzzles...Read more»


HSVMA Leadership Council stands against feline declawing

Source: dvm360

(August 2020) The AVMA’s recent statement discouraging feline onychectomy as an elective procedure aligns with the popular stance throughout the global veterinary profession, but will it prompt more states to ban the procedure?...Read more»


Virtually there: How the lessons of COVID-19 are ushering in a new era of veterinary telemedicine

Source: Animal Sheltering

(Summer 2020) While the veterinary profession has been slow to embrace telemedicine compared to the human health field, COVID-19 has forced a lot of change, says Dr. Hilary Jones, founder of veterinary telehealth platform TeleTails. In the wake of state stay-at-home orders and social distancing guidelines, veterinarians across the country lost in-person access to many (and, in some cases, all) of their clients and patients. Many turned to telemedicine and telehealth to bridge the gap to triage animals and provide critical care...Read more»

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