Where Do Your Congressional Representatives Stand on AVMA’s Top Legislative Issues?

Do you know if your congressional representatives support legislation that would allow veterinarians to carry and use controlled substances beyond their brick-and-mortar clinics to treat their animal patients? Or, if they support initiatives that will strengthen the federal government’s ability to penalize people who sore horses or attend animal fights?

Well, look no further than the AVMA Governmental Relations Division’s (GRD) recently updated Legislative Scorecard for the 113th Congress! The Legislative Scorecard provides a snapshot of some of the top legislative issues that the GRD is advocating for on behalf of AVMA members in Washington, D.C. It shows whether each U.S. Representative or U.S. Senator supports or does not support these bills that are important to veterinary medicine and also lists the candidates that AVMA’s Political Action Committee helped elect to Congress.

The GRD encourages AVMA members to take a look at this document and see where your elected officials stand on these top priority issues. If your congressional representatives have not yet taken a position, or if they have taken an anti-AVMA position on a particular bill, the GRD encourages you to contact your elected officials and tell them why you support this legislation. AVMA members can get involved by: 1) clicking on the “take action here” links throughout the document, which will directly email the members’ congressional representatives on the selected topic, or 2) visiting the Legislative Action Center and searching for the bill, or 3) stopping by the AVMA Pavilion (Booth # 1034) during the 2013 Annual Convention in Chicago later this week.

2 thoughts on “Where Do Your Congressional Representatives Stand on AVMA’s Top Legislative Issues?

  1. John, before you judge, read the FAQs about soring. Being against animal abuse in the form of causing pain to a horse’s pastern to make it step higher in the ring does not equate with being part of an extreme animal rights activist group; it’s basic humanity (and it was the second sentence, by the way). Unfortunately, money and ego are two all-consuming motivators for too many people, who will go to any lengths to win the pot, including burning their horses’ feet with caustic chemicals or bruising them with harsh “training” devices. As for policing themselves, sometimes being thrown out of the ring just isn’t enough.

  2. I must say, I am concerned. Is the AVMA a proponent of the extremist animal rights groups’ agendas, whose secret goals are the opposite of what they claim – not animal welfare at all, but the removal of animals from any type of use by humans, by claiming abuse by all that use an animal for anything? If this is so, the AVMA should consider the coming assault on our Veterinarians – which is actually already happening in states across the country – which will eventually target Vets as animal abusers and criminalize procedures as “abusive.” If we don’t see this coming, we have our heads in the sand.

    As we travel thru life, we find words and phrases that “trigger” thoughts in our heads; red flags that may indicate something just because of the wording. The first sentence in this note was the first red flag for me: “or, if they support initiatives that will strengthen the federal government’s ability to penalize people who sore horses……” This sounds like it came straight from the animal rights portfolio.

    I am not saying this because I condone the practices of those that “sore” horses, but my research and personal knowledge of legitimate breeders and owners of the targets for this particular animal rights agenda (ie, the Tennessee Walking Horse breeders/owners, and no, I am not a horse owner), have enlightened me to the fact that this practice pretty much no longer exists, and that the walking horse associations, clubs and their own members police THEMSELVES on this issue.

    Our government has a lot more to contend with than trying to set up funds and personnel that would police an outdated practice and at the same time advance an animal rights agenda that ultimately wants to remove the veterinary profession altogether.