Tag Archive for animal welfare

OVMA renews call for limitations on private ownership of dangerous animals

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Oct. 19, 2011 – The unfortunate events involving the release of wild and dangerous animals in Muskingum County serves as a reminder that Ohio’s absence of meaningful regulation of exotic animals needs to be addressed in an appropriate and timely manner.

The Ohio Veterinary Medical Association (OVMA) supports legislative and regulatory efforts to restrict private ownership of indigenous and non-native wild animals that pose a significant risk to public health, domestic animal health or the ecosystem, as well as those species whose welfare is unacceptably compromised. The possession of exotic and dangerous animals by private individuals presents a clear risk to public safety, as well as unnecessarily compromising animal welfare.

Ohio’s veterinary community will continue to work with state entities to advance appropriate restrictions on exotic animal ownership in an expeditious manner.

 

About the OVMA

The Ohio Veterinary Medical Association (OVMA) is a non-profit organization providing services to its members in the areas of continuing education, advocacy on public policy matters, and access to variety of professional resources. The OVMA represents more than 2,400 veterinarians practicing in various fields and specialties. The OVMA’s principal purpose and mission is to foster life-long learning, stewardship, compassion and community in veterinary medicine. Learn more about the OVMA and access a wealth of animal health resources online at www.ohiovma.org.

Celebrate National Pet Wellness Month by taking your pet to the vet

October is National Pet Wellness Month — a reminder to ensure your pet's health by taking him to the vet!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Speak Up for Your Pet by Taking Them to the Vet!

Pets, just like people, need regular physical check-ups from their doctor. Your veterinarian is an expert on pet wellness and disease prevention. October is National Pet Wellness Month, a perfect time to ensure your pet’s health by talking to your veterinarian about regular exams, disease prevention and pet health insurance.

Read more

Livestock care standards go into effect today

Ohio’s livestock care rules will become effective today when Department of Agriculture Director James Zehringer signs off on them at a special ceremony in Fort Recovery. The establishment of these comprehensive livestock care standards was required by Ohio’s constitution following the passage of State Issue 2 in 2009.

Read more

OSU to host second Animal Welfare Symposium Nov. 30

This year’s event, set to take place on Tuesday, Nov. 30, will focus on two emerging issues for the livestock industries, which coincidentally have been the focus of debate in Ohio – handling of disabled or non-ambulatory animals, and euthanasia.

The featured presenter of the Symposium will be Dr. Temple Grandin, professor of animal science at Colorado State University and well-known animal handling expert.

Read more

Agreement reached among HSUS, Ohio governor, and livestock organizations

On the last day for ballot signatures to be filed with the Secretary of State, Gov. Strickland announced a “deal” with HSUS to keep the animal housing issue off the ballot this November. The agreement, which agricultural organizations also signed off on, calls for the Livestock Care Standards Board to adopt regulations which would:

Read more

OVMA commends animal welfare agreement

COLUMBUS, OHIO — JULY 1, 2010 — The Ohio Veterinary Medical Association (OVMA) commends the efforts of Gov. Ted Strickland, the Humane Society of the United States, and livestock organizations to reach a consensus on important animal care and well-being issues. The evolving nature of animal welfare discussions in Ohio were advanced by these dialogues.

Read more

Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board launches Web site

The Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board yesterday launched its new Web site, which informs and educates Ohioans about the activities of the board. The interactive site features meeting notices, past meeting minutes, frequently asked questions, updates, contact information and more. It also provides an opportunity for visitors to offer direct comment to the board.

The Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board is charged with establishing statewide standards governing the care and well-being of livestock while promoting food safety, preventing animal and human diseases and encouraging local food production.

For more information about the Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board, you may visit its Web site or send the Board an e-mail.

Experts give members new perspectives on animal housing

On Wednesday, June 16, the OVMA hosted the Animal Housing Issues Symposium. Nearly a hundred veterinarians, students, and other animal welfare officials attended the day-long educational event.

Read more