December 01, 2008

Also known as Standards for Confining Farm Animals, Proposition 2 requires California producers to make major alterations to livestock housing systems by 2015. Specifically, egg-laying hens, veal calves, and pregnant sows must have enough room to lie down, stand, turn around, and fully extend their limbs. For instance, a hen must be able to fully spread both wings without touching the side of an enclosure or other hen.

Companion Animals

AAFP to roll out welfare statements, practice tools By R. Scott Nolen Posted Nov. 15, 2008 It has been said that when you invite a cat into your home, you bring in "something slightly wild, often unpredictable, and always entertaining." For nearly four decades, the American Association of Feline Practitioners has been helping veterinarians and cat owners provide these four-legged "guests" with the best life possible. Some 350 AAFP members gathered in Atlanta Sept. 20-23 for the association's fall conference on feline urinary tract diseases. AAFP conferences tend to be topic-specific, focusing on subjects relevant to the profession, explained Dr. Roberta K. Lillich, chair of the association's Program Committee and the 200 ...