Animal Welfare (July 2010)

Gulf oil spill illustrates risks to nature

America faces the greatest environmental disaster of our time in the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, and the devastating impact on America’s wildlife is ongoing.

On the issue of animal protection, both parties must work together

Last week, the House of Representatives voted to outlaw the sale and distribution of graphic videos depicting the murder or abuse of animals by an overwhelming margin, passing the Prevention of Interstate Commerce in Crush Videos Act, 416 to 3. 

Veterinarians know best

When the Food and Drug Administration issued guidance intended to reduce bacterial resistance by restricting antibiotics used in livestock to treatment purposes only, it waded into a debate on the scientific rationale for such a decision.

Wild horses symbolize US freedom


The image of hundreds of wild horses freely roaming the open terrain in the American West is reminiscent of times past and our country’s trailblazing heritage. However, on July 10, the 200 wild horses galloping frantically across a breathtaking Nevada plain, with dust swirling around their sweaty bodies, were running in fear. With dry summer heat reaching 95 degrees, these horses were forced to run for miles over rough volcanic rock in an attempt to escape the government’s low-flying helicopter in pursuit. It is foaling season and many of the mares and foals were weak from their recent pregnancy or from giving birth.