Over the weekend, pets in Alberta, Canada, scored a win after veterinarians voted to ban medically unnecessary procedures. And just what constitutes a medically unnecessary pet procedure? Things like ear cropping, tail docking and declawing. The Alberta Animal Health Source outlines all of the procedures impacted by the vote:
This includes the following procedures: ear cropping, tail docking, tail nicking, tail blocking, partial digit amputation (declawing or onychectomy), cosmetic dentistry, tattooing that is not for the purpose of registration and identification, tendonectomy, front dewclaw removal, body piercing, and devocalization.
Another resolution, which requires veterinary staff to report possible cases of animal abuse and neglect, and take action to address “animals in distress,” was passed by members of the Alberta Veterinary Medical Association (ABVMA).
Dr. Darrell Dalton, Registrar of the ABVMA, commented on what the passage of these resolutions mean:
“This is an important step forward for our profession and for animal welfare in this province. I’m grateful for our members who have demonstrated such a profound commitment to their role as guardians of animal welfare in our province by voting in favour of these resolutions.”
Read more details about these resolutions at this link.
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