In case you haven’t already seen it, on April 28 the AVMA released a strong statement (in writing and in video) condemning the abuses documented in undercover video on a cattle ranch in Texas. As we said in the statement, “The frequency with which these videos appear prohibits us from considering them as isolated incidents or accepting the excuse that the producers were unaware of the abuses taking place on their property. We’re seeing this happen much too often, and it’s time we take a stronger stance against such abuse. The bottom line is that we must have zero tolerance for these abuses, isolated or otherwise.”
As expected, this statement has gotten a lot of attention, and most of the responses we’ve received have been very positive. Here are a few examples:
“I have just read your statement and heard your video in response to the Mercy For Animals video. I have goosebumps – you made a powerful case for doing the right thing…”
“I was really happy to see your latest response to the abuses at the E6 ranch. I think the AVMA has been perceived as silent on these issues for too long, and the much stronger letter and video are much appreciated…”
“Well done Ron (and Gail) that’s exactly where the veterinary profession (my profession) should be. Protection of animals being at the forefront of our ethos…”
“Your statement condemning calf abuse on a Texas farm, as uncovered by Mercy for Animals, was a superb condemnation of the abusive tactic depicted therein. What made it even more compelling was the fact that you clearly recognized–and asked our colleagues to do so, too—that this is not an isolated incident. To date, this is the strongest statement that the AVMA has ever issued on an incident of cruel treatment of food animals.”
“Just wanted to say how great I thought the video and press release were on the E6 situation. I love how AVMA is taking a strong stand and underscoring ‘zero tolerance.’ I thought it was all really well done.”
We’d like to know what you think – please feel free to comment below.