AVMA Launches Animal Welfare Web Section to Provide Hub for Programs and Information

Friday, June 6, 2008 General News J E 4
SCHAUMBURG, Ill., June 5 To help veterinariansand the general public understand the complexity and passion behind animalwelfare issues, the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) haslaunched its first Web section devoted entirely to animal welfare information.

"This new section of the AVMA Web site will play an important role inhelping people understand the AVMA's science- and ethics-based approach toanimal welfare," explains Dr. Gail Golab, director of the AVMA Animal WelfareDivision. "Ultimately, as it grows and evolves, we envision an in-depthresource that people will return to, again and again to gain issue-basedknowledge and an appreciation for how complex animal welfare decision-makingcan be."

The new Web section went live on June 4. It offers links to brochures,policy statements, commentary on regulatory and legislative proposals,backgrounders, the AVMA Guidelines on Euthanasia, press releases and journalarticles, information about the AVMA Animal Welfare Committee, a meetingcalendar and contact information for staff in the Animal Welfare Division.

"This new section of our Web site will provide an invaluable resource onone of the most complex and challenging issues in veterinary medicine-animalwelfare. Information is very powerful. If we can raise awareness aboutanimal welfare, it's reasonable to expect that humane treatment of animals-aspets, in the wild, in zoos and on farms-will improve," says Dr. Ron DeHaven,executive vice president of the AVMA. "Animal welfare assurance involves bothscience and philosophy, making the issues complex and difficult to understand.What's more, most people have strong convictions about animal welfare issues,making them inherently controversial. This new Web section provides a uniqueopportunity for the AVMA to answer questions, educate and serve the professionand the public as a leader on animal welfare issues."

For more information, please visit To visit the newAVMA Animal Welfare Web page visit

The AVMA and its more than 76,000 member veterinarians are engaged in awide variety of activities dedicated to advancing the science and art ofanimal, human and public health. Visit the AVMA Web site at for more information.

SOURCE American Veterinary Medical Association


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