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April 5, 2005 Volume II, Number 28
In This Issue
URGENT LEGISLATIVE UPDATES
Return to Possible Vote on Rabies Tax
The supporters of the bills continue to organize a substantial lobbying effort - full of incorrect assumptions and misrepresentation. According to them, veterinarians oppose the bill only because they are against collecting the additional fee. They ignore our very serious reasons for opposition. To see an example of their propaganda, visit the PAWS website at:
Please note that 5 of the 8 veterinarians that PAWS lists in support of the bill work for the ASPCA laboratories in Champaign.
Even if you've already spoken to or written your legislators, it is important to follow up with them. Your legislator may have voted against the Rabies Tax Bill the first time it was called. However, the proponents of the bills are trying to persuade your legislators to change their votes!
Please call your State Senator and request that she/he oppose Senate Bill 2078 (Harmon D-Oak Park). Also contact your State Representative and ask her/him to oppose House Bill 315 (Burke D-Chicago).
Please contact the legislators that represent the district you live in and the district where your veterinary practice is located. Click here to find out who your legislators are and how to contact them.
ISVMA has placed several resources on its website for members to utilize in their grassroots lobby effort. Position papers on HB315 and SB2078 are available for download.
Additionally, we suggest that you make postcards available for your clients to express their opposition to the rabies vaccination tax.
Click here to access these useful resources.
Caring for native wildlife and teaching veterinary students are just two of the missions of the Wildlife Medical Clinic. We also strive, through our public education program, to teach the members of our community about the environment in which they live and the wildlife they share it with. With the help of the community and government agencies, we are able to identify trends in infectious diseases, provide important clues concerning disease transmission, and assist with many conservation initiatives.
As a non profit organization, the Wildlife Medical Clinic holds a fund-raising event called Doodle for Wildlife to raise money to care for our native wildlife. Please visit:
to learn more about Doodle for Wildlife and the Wildlife Medical Clinic.
As Catholic cardinals gather in the Vatican City to elect a new pope, it seemed like a good idea to highlight the bird named after their red robes.
More states have adopted the Northern Cardinal as their state bird than any other bird. These states are: Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, North Carolina, Ohio, Virginia, and West Virginia. Their range is primarily in the South, East and Midwest, although a few have been reported in California.
The male's bright red plumage is matched by the clarity of his varied calls. The male has a black patch around his beak and a tufted crest. Even the female, whose plumage is a duller red with brown, is an accomplished singer. And they both will sing all year-long, brightening the snowy backyards as well as the warm spring mornings, sometimes singing a duet.
Cardinals mate for life. If you see one, look closely into the trees, bushes, or brush for the other. They prefer a dense area, such as a thicket or thickly branched tree to make their nest of twigs and grass. Mom will lay 3 - 5 eggs and incubate them, while Dad will bring her food. When the young Cardinals can fly, Dad may watch over them while Mom may begin a second brood.
Cardinals have cone shaped bills adapted to eating seeds of all sorts. In the wild, this bird has a varied diet of fruit, seed, and insects. Attract Cardinals to your backyard birdfeeder by offering sunflower seed and cracked corn. Watch as they feed their mates at your feeder, especially during the spring and into the summer. As they offer each other a seed, the pair will touch beaks briefly, almost as if they were gazing longingly into each other's eyes. Also for your Cardinals, plant some shrubs with berries as well as some dense shrubs where they may nest and raise their young.
I took this photo near San Ygnacio, Texas in January, 2005.
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