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.
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.
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.