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What: Michigan’s voters should have the right to own the dog of their choice. It’s a matter of fairness. As Michigan law currently stands, any Michigan municipality can enact a law banning any breed of dog, tearing apart families and supporting discrimination against dog owners. A coalition of animal welfare organizations and concerned citizens launched the “Make Michigan Next” campaign and will hold a rally actively involving more than 1,000 registered voters to bring attention to the need to eliminate all breed discrimination laws in our state. Breed discrimination, or breed-specific legislation (BSL), is a category of laws that ban or restrict certain types of dogs based solely on their appearance. A national survey reveals that 84 percent of citizens believe that local, state and federal governments should not infringe on a person’s right to own whatever breed of dog they choose. All dog owners should be treated fairly and equally. So far, 19 states have banned BSL. That’s why the focus of this rally is to inspire policymakers to Make Michigan Next!

Rally speakers:

  • BSL victim Terry Hodskins
  • Animal Control Officer Kim Walton, southeast Michigan
  • Michigan animal law attorney Richard Angelo
  • Animal Control Officer Rachel Jensen, west Michigan
  • Veterinarian Erica Hawker, Union Lake Veterinary Hospital
  • Senior Manager of Policy Jon Dunn, Best Friends Animal Society
  • Rally MC Courtney Protz-Sanders, Michigan’s Political Action Committee for Animals

When: Wednesday, September 17, 2014

  • Educational booths and retailers: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Rock N Roll K9’s Performance Team: 10:15 a.m.
  • Human chain: 11 a.m. to noon
  • Speakers: noon to 1 p.m.

Where: East lawn and steps of the state capitol, Lansing, Mich.

Webcast: The rally speaker presentations will be webcast live from noon to 1 p.m. at 
https://new.livestream.com/accounts/6848793/MakeMichiganNext

Details:

  • Promptly at 11 a.m., citizens will form a human chain leading from the east steps of the capitol, symbolizing their solidarity against breed specific legislation in Michigan.
  • The human chain demonstration will be followed by brief remarks from industry leaders and victims of breed specific legislation.
  • Media will have opportunities to interview speakers throughout the day.

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Tell Congress to oppose mandatory prescription writing!  The so-called “Fairness to Pet Owners Act” (H.R 4023/ S. 2756) has been reintroduced both the House and Senate. Like its predecessor in the previous Congress, H.R. 1406, the legislation would require a veterinarian to provide a client with a written prescription for domesticated household animals, whether or not requested by the client. The veterinarian would be prohibited from charging for the prescription or asking a client to sign a liability waiver related to writing the prescription.

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It is burdensome and unnecessary to require a written prescription be provided, regardless of whether or not the client is having the prescription filled by the veterinarian. Clients already have the flexibility to fill a prescription at their veterinary clinic or off-site at a pharmacy of their choice.  The AVMA is supportive of a client’s right to choose where they have their prescription filled.

At the same time, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is working on a report with its findings and recommendations following a public workshop it held in October 2012, which examined the competition and consumer protection issues in the pet medications industry.  Veterinarians and the AVMA participated as panelists throughout the workshop. It seems premature to consider a “solution,” such as this sweeping federal mandate, prior to publication of the report and clear identification of whether a problem actually exists.

Please contact your Member of Congress in opposition to the Fairness to Pet Owners Act today!

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From the American Veterinary Medical Association

The Senate passed a key piece of legislation that impacts many veterinarians in the nation–the Veterinary Medicine Mobility Act (S. 1171). This commonsense legislation will allow veterinarians the ability to provide complete care to their animal patients beyond their clinics.

Sponsored by Senators Jerry Moran (R-Kansas) and Angus King (I-Maine), S. 1171 would amend the Controlled Substances Act to permit veterinarians to carry controlled substances outside of their primary places of registration and across state lines to treat their patients. This means that licensed and registered veterinarians who treat patients on the farm, in the wild, at a client’s home or in other mobile settings will be allowed to bring and use controlled substances to provide pain management, anesthesia or euthanasia.

With the bill passed in one chamber of Congress, we now look to the U.S. House to take up this important legislation. To make this happen—we need your help!

Please contact your representatives today and ask them to cosponsor and vote for the companion bill in the House—H.R. 1528, the Veterinary Medicine Mobility Act.

THANK YOU to those of you who have already contacted your members of Congress. Your voices have made a difference! Over the past year, AVMA-CAN members have sent more than 24,000 letters to Congress in support of the Veterinary Medicine Mobility Act, and H.R. 1528 has more than 140 cosponsors in Congress.

But we aren’t done yet. With your help, we can get the bill passed and signed into law this year.

Read about this bill.

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From the American Veterinary Medical Association

Tell Congress to oppose mandatory prescription writing! On February 10, Rep. Jim Matheson (D-UT-4th) reintroduced the so-called “Fairness to Pet Owners Act” (H.R. 4023). Like its predecessor in the previous Congress, H.R. 1406, the legislation would require a veterinarian to provide a client with a written prescription for domesticated household animals, whether or not requested by the client. The veterinarian would be prohibited from charging for the prescription or asking a client to sign a liability waiver related to writing the prescription.

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The legislation, cosponsored by Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT-3rd), was referred to the House Energy & Commerce Committee. While currently reviewing the legislation, the AVMA was vehemently opposed to similar language in the 112th Congress.

It is burdensome and unnecessary to require a written prescription be provided, regardless of whether or not the client is having the prescription filled by the veterinarian. Clients already have the flexibility to fill a prescription at their veterinary clinic or off-site at a pharmacy of their choice.  The AVMA is supportive of a client’s right to choose where they have their prescription filled.

At the same time, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is working on a report with its findings and recommendations following a public workshop it held in October 2012, which examined the competition and consumer protection issues in the pet medications industry.  Veterinarians and the AVMA participated as panelists throughout the workshop. It seems premature to consider a “solution,” such as this sweeping federal mandate, prior to publication of the report and clear identification of whether a problem actually exists.

Please contact your House of Representatives’ member in opposition to the Fairness to Pet Owners Act (H.R. 4023) today!

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 From SAVE THE FROGS!

Atrazine is one of the world’s most common pesticides: over 80 million pounds of it were used on American crops last year, and it has been in use for 50 years. This harmful pesticide is an endocrine disruptor that can turn male frogs into females at concentrations as low as 2.5 parts per billion. Atrazine causes cancer in laboratory mammals and developmental problems in fish. Atrazine is one of the most commonly detected pesticides in rainwater, groundwater and tapwater in the USA. The European Union banned this harmful pesticide in 2004 and it is time the United States followed suit! SAVE THE FROGS! needs your help to ensure Atrazine gets federally banned and out of production as soon as possible!

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Click here to tell the EPA to ban Atrazine!

SAVE THE FROGS! is an international team of scientists, educators, policymakers and naturalists dedicated to protecting the world’s amphibian species: the frogs, toads, newts, salamanders, and caecilians. SAVE THE FROGS! was founded by Ecologist Dr. Kerry Kriger in May 2008.

SAVE THE FROGS! is America’s first and only public charity dedicated exclusively to amphibian conservation. Our mission is to protect amphibian populations and to promote a society that respects and appreciates nature and wildlife. Our vision is a world in which not a single amphibian species is threatened with extinction. With your advice, your involvement and your financial support, we are 100% positive we can SAVE THE FROGS!

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Reposted from a mailing from Wedgewood Pharmacy, a pharmacy that we have used many times for compounded medicines for our cats and dogs.

Earlier this year, the animal drug companies tried to restrict the ability of your veterinarian to prescribe compounded medications that are needed to keep your pets healthy. The restriction was limited to compounded drugs used for dogs, cats and horses – why? Pharmaceutical companies don’t want patients to have compounded medications so that you are forced to use only what they offer.

Thanks to the nearly 25,000 emails that you and the veterinary community sent to Congress, these anti-pet provisions were removed from S.959. But your action is still needed!

S.959 will soon go to the Senate floor, and the animal drug companies may try again to amend the bill to eliminate most of the compounded medications used to keep dogs, cats and horses healthy. They want to eliminate competition – at the expense of your pet’s health.

Don’t let it happen! Call your Senators NOW so they can oppose S.959 and any amendments that may limit access to compounded medications for pets. You can find the phone numbers in the State-by-State listing below and tell them:

I am a pet-owner in your State of ______. Please oppose S.959 and any legislation that limits patient access to compounded medications no matter if they are for people or pets! Thank you.

After your calls are made, please register and send an email to your Senators as well. It takes only a couple of extra minutes and every message is important! You can find additional information at MyMedsMatter.com.

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Reposted from a mailing from Wedgewood Pharmacy, a pharmacy that we have used many times for compounded medicines for our cats and dogs.

If you already have sent a message to Congress, thank you! If you have not, this threat is still very real and you can make a big difference by sending a message to Congress now!

The big drug companies are trying to intrude on your relationship with your veterinarian and your pets. Last month, a provision they proposed was temporarily removed from a Senate bill (S.959). That provision would have greatly limited your vet’s ability to prescribe compounded medication for dogs, cats and horses. We fully expect that provision to be offered as an amendment when the bill comes to a vote.

This provision allowed the FDA to severely restrict compounded medications for dogs, cats and horses. Treatment options for elephants, giraffes, hamsters and other “minor species” were not limited. Yes, you are reading this correctly. The proposal actually targets family pets and horses. Why? Because that’s where the money is.

The proposal is the work of the Animal Health Institute (AHI), a group created and funded by the big drug companies. They want your money. You and your vet want the best possible care for your pets.

We know that many pet owners rely on compounded medication to treat serious and chronic conditions in their pets. They literally can be lifesavers. But now, we hear those corporate interests who would put profits before pets are hoping to insert this provision back in as early as mid-July when S.959 is debated on the Senate floor. As one AHI lobbyist was quoted in the tradepress: “We hope our absence from the bill is temporary.” What’s more, the same drug company lobbyist criticized the “permissiveness” of the original language restricting treatment options for your pets. Have they no shame?

We can’t let that happen. The consequences are too severe. Please take action today to tell Congress to leave medical decisions about dogs, cats and horses to you and your veterinarian.

To learn more about how this legislation could affect your access to compounded preparations, visit MyMedsMatter.com.

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Help Ensure that Veterinarians Can Provide Complete Care to Their Animal Patients

U.S. Senators Jerry Moran (R-Kansas) and Angus King (I-Maine) introduced the Veterinary Medicine Mobility Act, S. 1171. This bipartisan legislation will allow veterinarians to legally carry and dispense controlled substances to protect the health and welfare of the nation’s animals, ensure public safety, and safeguard the nation’s food supply.

Veterinarians and U.S. Reps. Kurt Schrader (D-Ore.) and Ted Yoho (R-Fla.) introduced companion legislation, H.R. 1528 and we asked you to contact your Representatives to voice your support for this issue. More than 10,000 of you took action. 

We need your support again.  Tell your U.S. Senators TODAY that veterinarians must be able to legally carry and use controlled substances for the health and welfare of the nation’s animals, to safeguard public safety and to protect the nation’s food supply.

This legislation amends the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) which currently prohibits veterinarians from transporting controlled substances to treat animal patients outside of their registered locations.

Veterinarians treat multiple species of animals in a variety of settings. Unfortunately, the CSA makes it illegal for veterinarians to take and use controlled substances outside of the locations where they are registered, often their clinics or homes.

This means that it is illegal for veterinarians to carry and use vital medications for pain management, anesthesia and euthanasia on farms, in house calls, in veterinary mobile clinics, or ambulatory response situations.

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), which enforces the law, has informed organized veterinary medicine that without a statutory change, veterinarians are in violation of the CSA and cannot legally provide complete veterinary care. The DEA has already notified veterinarians in some states that they are in violation of the law.

Tell your Senators that veterinarians need to legally be able to transport controlled substances to the locations of the animal patients, not only for the health and welfare of the nation’s animals, but for public safety. Support S.1171, the Veterinary Medicine Mobility Act, NOW.

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From the American Veterinary Medical Association:

U.S. Senators Jerry Moran (R-Kansas) and Angus King (I-Maine) introduced this week the Veterinary Medicine Mobility Act (S. 950). This bipartisan legislation will allow veterinarians to legally carry and dispense controlled substances to protect the health and welfare of the nation’s animals, ensure public safety, and safeguard the nation’s food supply.

Last month, veterinarians and U.S. Reps. Kurt Schrader (D-Ore.) and Ted Yoho (R-Fla.) introduced companion legislation, H.R. 1528 and we asked you to contact your Representatives to voice your support for this issue. More than 10,000 of you took action.

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We need your support again.  Tell your U.S. Senators TODAY that veterinarians must be able to legally carry and use controlled substances for the health and welfare of the nation’s animals, to safeguard public safety and to protect the nation’s food supply.

We encourage you to contact your Senators and urge them to co-sponsor the Veterinary Medicine Mobility Act.  This legislation amends the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) which currently prohibits veterinarians from transporting controlled substances to treat animal patients outside of their registered locations.

Veterinarians treat multiple species of animals in a variety of settings. Unfortunately, the CSA makes it illegal for veterinarians to take and use controlled substances outside of the locations where they are registered, often their clinics or homes.

This means that it is illegal for veterinarians to carry and use vital medications for pain management, anesthesia and euthanasia on farms, in house calls, in veterinary mobile clinics, or ambulatory response situations.

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), which enforces the law, has informed organized veterinary medicine that without a statutory change, veterinarians are in violation of the CSA and cannot legally provide complete veterinary care. The DEA has already notified veterinarians in some states that they are in violation of the law.

Tell your Senators that veterinarians need to legally be able to transport controlled substances to the locations of the animal patients, not only for the health and welfare of the nation’s animals, but for public safety. Support S. 950, the Veterinary Medicine Mobility Act, NOW.

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Veterinarians treat multiple species of animals in a variety of settings. Unfortunately, the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) makes it illegal for veterinarians to take and use controlled substances outside of the locations where they are registered, often their clinics or homes.

This means that it is illegal for veterinarians to carry and use vital medications for pain management, anesthesia and euthanasia on farms, in house calls, in veterinary mobile clinics, or ambulatory response situations.

Veterinarians must be able to legally carry and use controlled substances for the health and welfare of the nation’s animals, to safeguard public safety and to protect the nation’s food supply.

Read more on the AVMA web site.

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