HSUS Shoulder to Shoulder With VETS-Never

Posted on 08/23/2009


I contacted the AVMA and asked if they would like to reply to this HSUS
blog, and their quick response to me was not only appreciated, but right on

Ron DeHaven, DVM, AVMA’S CEO said: “Once again, Mr. Pacelle has resorted to
misleading statements. His attempt to paint the AVMA and veterinarians in a
negative light is little more than an attempt to raise more money for his
organization. Veterinarians choose their careers because they care about
animals. At the same time, veterinarians understand that, when it comes to
animal welfare, a knee-jerk response based solely on emotion, not science,
might not be in the best interest of animals.

“For example, the AVMA’s stance against a ban on horse processing in the
United States was not taken because we are ‘pro-slaughter,

‘ but because we
know there is a large population of unwanted horses in this country, and
feared what would happen if those horses couldn’t be humanely euthanized in
a regulated environment. Unfortunately, our fears have come true and have
been made worse by the current economic climate. Large numbers of horses
are being abandoned and left to starve across the country. Mr. Pacelle’s stance
has only increased the suffering of horses in the United States.

Mr. Pacelle is ignoring the legitimate concerns of animal welfare
scientists and veterinarians, and misleading the American public to further
his organization’s agenda,” continued DeHaven. “If he truly cared about the
welfare of animals, he would not be so quick to criticize and minimize the
input of veterinary experts
.” Well said!

Obviously, HSUS is frustrated that they are not controlling AVMA, so
therefore they are slinging as much mud as they can, and using this
opportunity to bolster their Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association
and other groups.

Pacelle finished his blog with, “We’d like some day to stand shoulder to
shoulder with the AVMA on matters relating to the defense of animals. But
too often, we stand on opposite sides of the major policy debates for
welfare in America.” So in other words, if AVMA toes the line with HSUS’s
“vast” food-animal welfare knowledge, they’ll stand shoulder-to-shoulder
with them, but until then, HSUS will try to drag AVMA – and any other food
animal veterinary organizations — down by any means possible. Let’s make
sure that doesn’t happen.

Geni Wren, Editor

Bovine Veterinarian

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