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APHIS, Justice Department strengthen Animal Welfare Act enforcement

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departments of agriculture and justice means greater collaboration and coordination when investigating and prosecuting Animal Welfare Act violations. A memorandum of understanding between the U.S.

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Students, veterinarians address animal welfare scenarios during annual contest

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The 23rd annual AVMA Animal Welfare Assessment Contest, or AWJAC, took place November 17-19 at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. Participants completed in-person assessments of the welfare of animals in a variety of scenarios, including laboratory rats, farmed bison, cage-free laying hens, and tortoises in a zoo.

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USDA finalizes standards to include birds under Animal Welfare Act

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Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is establishing welfare standards for birds, which were previously excluded under the Animal Welfare Act.

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Animal welfare award recipients recognized by AVMA

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Sheilah Robertson received the AVMA Animal Welfare Award, and Candace Croney, PhD, received the AVMA Humane Award July 15 during AVMA Convention 2023 in Denver.

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AAVMC publishes handbook for use of animals in veterinary education

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An updated resource from the American Association of Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) is intended to further contribute to progress in the teaching of anatomy at veterinary colleges by promoting effective animal alternatives, supporting animal welfare and animal ethics, and the safety of veterinary students and the animals with which they learn. (..)

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Policies on physical restraint of animals, canine devocalization approved

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The AVMA House of Delegates adopted a handful of revised animal welfare policies, including one on “Canine Devocalization” that supersedes the previous policy, approved a new policy on “Canine Hybrids,” and referred two other policies back to the AVMA Board of Directors (BOD).

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WOAH celebrates 100th anniversary

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The World Organisation for Animal Health (WOAH, founded as the OIE) celebrated its 100th anniversary on January 25 with an online event that reviewed the organization’s history, evolution, and vision of the future of animal welfare worldwide.