More on the AVMA oath revision, to include welfare

The American Veterinary Medical Association recently modified the veterinarian’s oath to include a concern for animal welfare. The Yankton Daily Press & Dakotan noted on Friday the inclusion of the phrase, “prevention of animal suffering.”

It’s an important revision and I hope this is another move forward for animal welfare.

In her feature on the subject, Lisa Hare includes this – “” For decades, the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) has upheld confinement farming practices, including veal crates, gestation crates and battery cages, and for years, strongly opposed revisions to the oath. “”

I’m glad those still opposing this revision lost this round and I can only imagine why they opposed it. Maybe it was pressure from the factory farming industry. I wonder.

Factory farming is one area of our society where animal welfare has taken a huge step backward since a time gone by, when the images are of huge herds of cattle or other animals roaming the plains – cage free.

If there is going to be meat production, at least we can treat the animals with a degree – and some real standards – of humane treatment.

And then we have this from the Press & Dakotan piece –

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According to AVMA officials, the changes to the oath stemmed from a recommendation by the group’s Animal Welfare Committee to better identify animal welfare as a priority in veterinary medicine. But other AVMA councils and committees advised against making the changes because there is no universally accepted definition of “animal welfare.”

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I personally do not want to have my pets cared for by someone who lacks concern for animal welfare. Maybe I’m taking something wrong from the AVMA councils and committees that opposed this change, but the position screams – “this could cut into our profits.”

And I hope the excuse that there is no universally accepted definition of “animal welfare” was not the only reasoning offered by those in opposition, because that’s as lame as it comes.

The good news is we’re finally seeing some serious discussion on freeing farm animals from cruel confinement, such as what they have suffered through for too many decades in battery cages and gestation crates.

We’ve got a long way to go, but I’m hopeful the movement for more compassion for animals will continue to progress.

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