Mark’s Blog

Breed ban balloon is starting to deflate

DVM360 Magazine

Legislation catching up with veterinarians’ professional judgment.

Cushing_Logo2On Aug. 1, 1989, the Denver City Council banned pit bulls. Many people predicted that a wave would sweep the country outlawing so-called “dangerous” breeds. It’s 24 years later, and while other municipalities have followed Denver’s course, the wave is now receding. Even President Obama went on the White House website this last August to announce his opposition to breed-specific legislation.

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In this poll, Ohio is definitely No. 1

DVM360 Magazine

State gets it right balancing welfare, commercial interests—and recognizes veterinarians’ expertise.

Cushing_Logo2On Oct. 1, the Ohio Department of Agriculture rules took effect implementing the high-volume breeders bill passed by the legislature and signed by Gov. John Kasich last December. Senate Bill 130 represents a comprehensive and pragmatic regulatory approach to large-scale breeders (those that produce at least nine litters and sell 60 or more dogs per year), pet retailers, and rescue operations in Ohio.

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U.S. Does Not Have A Veterinarian Glut: Guest Opinion

Oregon Live

MLC_3Monique Balas wrote a story in Pet Talk recently featuring data from a recent study of the veterinary work force. It’s always interesting to see how people view a particular profession, and it often comes down to whether the glass is half empty or half full. The impression from the Pet Talk piece was that the glass is half empty, based upon data suggesting that most veterinarians could handle 13 percent more business in their practices. So what is the half full view?

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Maryland passes pet food fee (some call it a tax)

DVM360 Magazine

Proceeds will fund statewide spay-neuter program.

Cushing_Logo2An interesting development in 2013 state legislation was Maryland’s passage of SB 820, which imposes a fee on pet food to fund a statewide spay-neuter program aimed at low-income communities. Despite opposition from the pet food industry, the amended bill passed overwhelmingly in both houses of the Maryland legislature. Gov. Martin O’Malley signed the bill in to law this summer, effective October 1 (click here to see the enrolled version as executed by the governor).

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Large-scale food animal production under microscope

DVM360 Magazine

Welfare groups seek to move ‘corporate farming’ into political arena.

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It looks like 2014 is shaping up to be a hot year in the legislative kitchen. Animal welfare and rights organizations are involved in both companion and food animal issues. But it is food animals drawing splashy attention this month. On Sept. 24, the ASPCA released a new blog, “The Truth About Chicken,” which is an aggressive challenge to large-scale production of chicken for human consumption. For some time the ASPCA’s position on “corporate farming” has aligned with that of the HSUS and, to a degree, PETA.

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