Since June 2010, animal welfare policies that are scheduled for review by the AVMA Animal Welfare Committee (AWC) have been posted on the AVMA website for member comment.
Fourteen policies are currently open for comment and these address canine devocalization, ear cropping and tail docking of dogs, castration and dehorning of cattle, and horses in urban environments, among other topics. For each policy, we’ve included a brief description of the type of information being sought, together with background information on the policy and/or its topic.
AVMA members are encouraged to read the policies and submit their comments for consideration by the AWC. Comments supported by appropriate citations from the scientific literature or verifiable practical data will be most useful for the Committee when considering action on the policies. Comments must be submitted by July 1 to be considered.
To protect our members’ privacy, comments submitted will not be made available for public review. However, a summary of comments received and the Animal Welfare Committee’s response to that input, including any action(s) taken, will be posted as information (see “Status”) after discussions concerning a policy have concluded.
We encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity to contribute to policy that reflects your expertise and perspectives!