January 15, 2008

Since all three U.S. horse slaughter operations were ordered closed last year, the number of horses exported to Mexico for slaughter has exploded. As of Dec. 20, 2007, 44,475 horses had been shipped to Mexico for processing for human consumption compared with 10,783 shipped at the same time in 2006—a 312 percent increase.

AVMA News

Registering for the 2008 AVMA Annual Convention in the Big Easy couldn't be easier at www.avmaconvention.org, which also offers extensive convention information and a virtual visit to New Orleans.

Companion Animals

The American Association of Feline Practitioners has stepped up efforts to get cat owners to visit veterinarians more regularly—whether or not the cats come willingly.