July 01, 2008

Congress handed President Bush the second veto override of his presidency May 22 when it mustered the votes to pass the $307 billion farm bill. Apart from the political wrangling and clerical gaffe surrounding the controversial reauthorization legislation, the AVMA had cause to applaud some veterinary-related provisions within it.

Global Issues

Dr. Leon H. Russell has traveled practically to the ends of the Earth as president of the World Veterinary Association. But he'll complete his three-year term on his native continent in late July at the World Veterinary Congress in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Government

Agriculture Secretary Ed Schafer announced May 20 a total ban on the slaughter of downer cows for human consumption. The decision ends a regulatory exception whereby federal veterinarians could determine whether a cow that became unable to walk after preslaughter inspection was fit for processing.