Animal abuse, like any form of abuse, is unacceptable and this year, such crime statistics will be collected by at least one state, and at the federal level. In Tennessee, the first Animal Abuse Registry in the country launched Jan. 1. On a federal level, In 2016, the FBI will begin to collect statistics of animal cruelty crimes through its National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS), and the data will be available to the public in 2017.
On March 18, the Colorado Senate Agricultural Committee will hear testimony on House Bill 15-1187, passed by the Colorado House on Feb. 20. The bill authorizes the state board of veterinary medicine, if it believes a licensed veterinarian is unable to practice due to mental illness, alcoholism, or drug or controlled-substance use, to require the veterinarian to submit to a mental health exam.
On Feb. 10, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) issued its 2014 figures, and reported 17 animal fatalities and 26 injuries. United Airlines topped the list, with five deaths and 13 injuries.
One thousand dogs dead. Another 5,800 sick, along with 25 cats and 3 people. That was the count on Sept. 30, 2014, when the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) tallied the number of illnesses and deaths from animals who ate chicken, duck, or sweet potato jerky treats, most of which were imported from China. Last week, on Feb. 19, the FDA issued an update on the investigation, noting a significant drop in the number of reports.
In the first quarter of 2015, the Department of Labor (DOL) will likely make a Fair Labor and Standards Act (FLSA) proposed rule, originally scheduled to become final in November 2014, final. And because proposed and final rules rarely vary, and employers often don’t have time to make needed adjustments, veterinarian practices would do well to be aware of what’s to come and prepare.
On January 1, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) updated its injury and illness recordkeeping and reporting requirements to include new requirements on what must be reported. It also added new industries to the list of who will be required to keep OSHA 300 logs, and exempt others previously covered.
Jump Your Bones, Inc. of Boca Raton, Fla. is voluntarily recalling Jump Your Bones brand name "Roo Bites (Cubes)" because it is potentially contaminated with Salmonella. The affected lots of Roo Bites are identified by the UPC code: 63633010041 for 80g. / 2.82oz., including samples of .32 oz.
On December 18, by unanimous vote, the New Jersey legislature passed the amended Pet Purchase Protection Act, which requires that pet store owners disclose the source of the puppies they sell. The bill also blocks stores from obtaining animals from breeders who are not in compliance with state and federal animal care and welfare laws. The bill is awaiting Gov. Chris Christie’s signature.
The AVMA is pleading with Congress to "get back in the saddle and do what’s right for America’s walking horses."
In late October, the FDA notified CanineCare.us, LLC, that the company was marketing unapproved new animal drugs in violation of the law. According to the FDA, the company's marketing materials contain multiple unapproved claims about their products' effectiveness in mitigating, treating, or preventing canine cancer.