newsletter highlighting veterinary issues for
January 15, 2004 Volume 1, Number 5
In This Issue
· Proposed Rules Change
BSE (Mad Cow) Likely Restricted to One Animal
Bills to Ban Horse Slaughter in
· Convention Deadline Looms
Category of Links
Deadline Approaches for Public Comment on Proposed Rule Change to Practice Act
The Illinois Department of Professional Regulation (DPR) has recently published a proposed rule change in the Illinois Register (dated 12/19/03) to amend the veterinary practice act to recognize the Program for Assessment of Veterinary Education Equivalence (PAVE) for graduates of non-accredited schools/colleges of veterinary medicine. Please see:
Review pg. 18955 for the full text of the proposed rule change. The public has 45 days from the date of publication (i.e. until 2/4/04) to comment. The proposed rule change is also posted on the DPR Web site:
Since bovine spongiform encephalopathy was diagnosed in
know that even in countries with a high prevalence of the disease, most
Dr. DeHaven believes one of the more important safeguards announced by Agriculture Secretary Ann M. Veneman is a national animal identification system. Because BSE is not a contagious disease, agriculture officials have had weeks to track down animals of concern. "But if we were dealing with a highly infectious disease, such as foot-and-mouth disease," he said, "we would need to be able to trace animals in a matter of hours if we had any hope of containing and eradicating this disease." Such an identification system has been in the works for more than two years. Dr. DeHaven hopes that resources will now be made available to accelerate the system's implementation.
investigation has traced the infected cow to her birth herd on a dairy farm
tried comparing the BSE situation in North America with those in some
European Union nations and
Bills Call For Ban On Slaughter Of Horses
Equine lovers and state legislators clashed this week over a proposed ban on the slaughter of horses for food. Cavel International, a Belgian-owned horse slaughtering plant in DeKalb, has been closed since it was destroyed by fire in March 2002. The facility is scheduled to reopen in March, according to a plant secretary. However, two bills – one from each legislative chamber – may stop it.
Senate Bill 1921 and House Bill 3845 each call for a ban on the slaughter of horses for human consumption. Representative Robert Molaro, D-Chicago, sponsored the House bill and expects final action in February.
Cavel is one
of only three horse slaughterhouses in the country; the other two are in
The Senate passed the bill last March, but Molaro held it for a final vote in the House in December out of respect for the late Representative David Wirsing, who represented the DeKalb area and died days before the planned vote. He opposed the ban.
Representative Robert Pritchard, R-Sycamore, took Wirsings seat and also opposes the ban. “If we as a government start banning one segment of the livestock industry, then it’s a slippery slope for the rest of the livestock industry,” Pritchard said. “It’s horses today but probably cows and pigs tomorrow.”
Horses are classified as livestock under some provisions of state law and as companions under others, according to Jim Fraley, livestock program director of the Illinois Farm Bureau. The bureau opposed the ban last year and will continue to do so, Fraley said. Slaughter is “an opportunity to permit a humane and swift end to life instead of prolonged suffering,” he said. The bureau believes that more horses will be neglected at the end of their lives if the ban is passed. Owners will have nothing else to do with them.
Animal activists, on the other hand, held a Capitol news conference in support of the bills. They charge that Cavel treats horses cruelly and has a negligible impact on the economy.
ISVMA Annual Convention Deadline Looms
The early registration deadline of January 20th is fast approaching. Hotel reservations should be made at the Sheraton Chicago Northwest (888) 627-8093. Ask for the ISVMA discount so your room applies to our contract requirement!
You can register on-line at www.isvma.org and we will invoice you for payment of your registration fees.