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Legislation to ban cat-declawing introduced by Manhattan Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal
New York Daily News
Manhattan Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal, one of the Legislature's most prolific writers of bills to protect animals, is trying to stop cat declawing. Rosenthal, a Democrat, has introduced legislation to ban the feline procedure unless it is done to remove a tumor or other medical reasons. Rosenthal's bill, which has not been introduced in the state Senate yet, is backed by the Humane Society of New York and the Paw Project, a California-based group dedicated to stopping cat declawing.
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New York veterinarians hiss at proposed cat declawing ban
New York Daily News
State veterinarians are scratching back against a Manhattan assemblywoman's bid to outlaw cat declawing. "You are taking away a decision that should be made between an owner and the medical professional," said Chris Brockett, immediate past president of the New York State Veterinary Medical Society. Brockett said Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal's bill, if approved, would lead to more cats being abandoned by frustrated owners. The NYSVMS echoes the AVMA position on declawing, that it should be a last resort but does not support bans on the procedure.
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Cow tests positive for rabies in Lewis County
WWNY-TV
Lewis County Public Health says a cow from the town of Denmark has tested positive for rabies. According to the agency, four people had direct contact with the animal, and all have received rabies post-exposure treatment. Two dogs also have received a rabies booster. One additional cow that had direct contact with the rabid cow is being placed on a six-month quarantine so it can be observed for signs of developing rabies.
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House of Delegates Winter Session 2015 wrap-up
AVMA
The AVMA House of Delegates (HOD) Winter Session was held on Saturday, Jan. 10, in conjunction with the AVMA Veterinary Leadership Conference. The House took action on three proposed bylaw amendments and seven proposed resolutions. Click here for a summary.
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Lawmaker seeks to help animals trapped in shelters as alleged abusers await court
KWTX-TV
VideoBriefAssemblyman Jim Tedisco is working on a bill that would help better care for animals trapped in shelters as their alleged abusers wait for court dates. Places like the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society are meant to be temporary homes for animals before they are adopted, but eleven animals from a local abuse case have been stuck in limbo for seven months. "Some of them need to be spayed or neutered before being adopted, but other than that they're really, they're ready to go," said Brad Shear, Director of the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society. The problem, he says, is the several dogs and cats removed from a South Pine Avenue home in June that still can't be adopted. On Sunday, 31-year-old Deric Peterson and 24-year-old Rachel Fasnacht were arrested by Albany Police and charged with animal neglect involving their care.
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Massive animal 'Ark' coming to JFK Airport
Gothamist
It's no cat cafe, but soon JFK Airport will house horses, livestock, exotic and zoo animals, pets and any other furry creatures that pass through its gates. According to Curbed, they're building "the world's only privately owned animal handling cargo terminal," which will take up about 178,000-square-feet and is actually being called The Ark.
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Podcast: New rabies research could help save pets' lives
AVMA
VideoBriefHow well-protected are pets shortly after their rabies vaccinations are out of date, and what's the appropriate response for treating and caring for pets in such circumstances? These were the questions researchers set out to answer in a study published in the Jan. 15 issue of the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association.
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AVMA externship opportunities
AVMA
The American Veterinary Medical Association offers a wide range of opportunities for veterinary students looking for hands-on working experience. Two AVMA externship programs offer students a chance to work directly with the association to make a difference in the lives of working veterinarians. We also offer externship stipends that provide funding for qualifying students while they perform their veterinary externships elsewhere.
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Lawmakers push to crack down on animal cruelty
New York Post
As debate rages over Mayor Bill de Blasio's plan to ban horse carriages, state lawmakers are pushing measures in 2015 to crack down on alleged cruelty against circus elephants and other animals. One proposed elephant-protection law, sponsored by state Sen. Brad Hoylman, D-New York City, is aimed at Ringling Bros, whose circus will perform at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn from Feb. 19 to March 1.
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Racing regulatory veterinarians support compounding rules
The Blood-Horse via The Horse
Three regulatory veterinarians said Jan. 12 that they support recent action by the Association of Racing Commissioners International to adopt a model rule on compounded drugs used in horse racing.
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Petco won't sell Chinese dog and cat treats any more
Time
The Food and Drug Administration is investigating whether treats led to canine deaths Petco has announced it will remove dog and cat treats made in China from its stores, amid a U.S. investigation of the safety of animal snacks created in the country.
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Dr. Andy Roark premieres 'Cone of Shame' on YouTube
VETERINARY ECONOMICS via dvm360.com
Veterinary speaker and author Dr. Andy Roark hopes his weekly Web show will take pet owner education to the next level. Worried that veterinarians aren't the first stop for information for a growing pool of pet owners and pet product manufacturers and interested in helping veterinarians be "a voice that's heard," speaker, writer and associate veterinarian Andy Roark, DVM, has debuted a new YouTube show, "Cone of Shame."
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Why do dogs watch — and react to — TV?
National Geographic
Just like humans, their response to the tube depends on their personality, experts say. Our first Weird Animal Question of the Week of 2015 comes to us from our very own photo editor Mallory Benedict, who's curious about why her sister's poodle pays such rapt attention to the television.
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Exercising pets helps avoid fat cat and pudgy pooch
Colorado State University via Phys.org
This time of year, busy schedules and frequently frigid weather make it harder to stick with healthy habits, such as taking the dog for a walk. Yet finding ways to exercise your dog and cat during the winter can benefit the whole family, and save your pet from becoming a fat cat or a pudgy pooch.
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How to fall in love with veterinary medicine in 2015
Veterinary Practice News
Ready to start 2015 with renewed love and enthusiasm for our wonderful profession? Here are three simple suggestions that can change your outlook and improve your daily life.
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