Animal welfare means how an animal is coping with the conditions in which it lives. Ensuring animal welfare is a human responsibility that includes consideration for all aspects of animal well-being, including proper housing, management, nutrition, disease prevention and treatment, responsible care, humane handling, and, when necessary, humane euthanasia.
The AVMA offers eight integrated principles for developing and evaluating animal welfare policies, resolutions, and actions.
View the AVMA's policies regarding animal welfare issues.
When someone deliberately causes pain to artificially exaggerate the leg motion of a horse's gait, it's called soring. Soring is unethical and illegal, but it continues. Learn more about it and how you can help stop it.
Answers to frequently asked questions about animal welfare issues:
Canine tail docking
Ear cropping and canine otitis externa
Pets and foreclosed homes
Unwanted horses and horse slaughter