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Meghan Beeby, 607-583-2225 ext. 251, email@example.com
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Medical Association Asked to Prioritize:
MORE IMPORTANT: ANIMAL WELFARE OR MONEY?
Watkins Glen, NY - May 3, 2006 - The American Veterinary Medical
Association (AVMA), the voice of veterinarians across the United
States, will answer a crucial question about the profession's
priorities at their annual convention this summer. The AVMA will vote
on a resolution addressing whether it cares more about the humane
treatment of animals or about making money. The issue qualified for
formal consideration when resolutions, signed by more than two hundred
veterinarians, were sent to AVMA headquarters last week.
The resolution to make animal welfare an important priority is being
proposed by Farm Sanctuary, the nation's leading farm animal
protection organization. The proposal asserts that "veterinarians
have an ethical obligation to promote animal welfare"; acknowledges
that "in some instances, the economic priorities of animal industries
may be in conflict with the welfare of animals"; and resolves that
the veterinary profession "will place a higher priority on animal
welfare when required to choose between animal welfare and economic
Farm Sanctuary has asked the AVMA to adopt policies that discourage the
use of cruel farming practices, including "gestation crates,"
barren two foot wide metal enclosures where breeding sows are confined
for most of their lives, unable to walk, turn around or even lie down
comfortably. Last year, Farm Sanctuary urged the AVMA to take a stand
against the force feeding of ducks and geese to make "foie gras."
The force feeding makes the birds' livers expand up to ten times
their normal size, causing disease and making it difficult for the
birds to walk or breathe comfortably. The AVMA refused to speak out
against either of these inhumane practices.
According to Farm Sanctuary president, Gene Bauston, "The AVMA has
traditionally been aligned with industrial agribusiness. It has
defended the use of cruel factory farming practices to the detriment of
animal welfare. This summer we are challenging the AVMA to re-evaluate
Although the AVMA has adopted policies that support inhumane factory
farming, most of its members oppose such practices. A nationwide survey
of over 1000 veterinarians found that most veterinarians oppose
industrialized farming practices that are supported by the AVMA.
Farm Sanctuary is the nation's leading farm animal protection
organization. Since incorporating in 1986, we have worked to expose and
stop cruel practices of the "food animal" industry through research
and investigations, legal and legislative actions, public awareness
projects, youth education, and direct rescue and refuge efforts. Our
shelters in Watkins Glen, NY and Orland, CA provide lifelong care for
hundreds of rescued animals, who have become ambassadors for farm
animals everywhere by educating visitors about the realities of factory
farming. More information about Farm Sanctuary can be found at
http://www.farmsanctuary.org or by calling 607-583-2225.