The AVMA Advocate - Bill & Hearing Watch - February 2012

Congress continues to work on key AVMA legislative issues. GRD wants to remind AVMA members that your voice is important. Let your congressional representatives know where you stand!

H.R. 1406 – Fairness to Pet Owners Act – This legislation would require veterinarians to write a prescription at the time of prescribing a product for a companion animal, regardless of whether or not a client wishes to have their veterinarian dispense the product. AVMA urges Representatives to consider the burdensome nature of this legislation on veterinary clinics and oppose this bill.

H.R. 2492/S. 1947 Animal Fighting Spectator Prohibition Act – This legislation would amend the Animal Welfare Act to prohibit any person from knowingly attending an animal fighting venture or causing a minor to attend such a venture. The legislation would also impose civil and criminal penalties for violation. AVMA urges Senators and Representatives to co-sponsor this bill and is encouraging committee leadership to mark-up and move this legislation.

For a full listing of the legislation the AVMA GRD is monitoring, click here.

Congressional Meetings and Hearings of Interest:

Note to readers: Most committee meetings are available as live and/or streaming on the Internet through the committee websites. Click on the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate to see the different committees.