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When Does a Veterinarian Report Animal Abuse? — 4 Comments

  1. ‘AVMA – American Veterinary Medical Association – the association states that a vet should report suspected cases of animal abuse’

    That’s a joke! The AVMA stand by and allow vets to mutilate cats daily by the cruel amputation of their 10 or 18 healthy toe ends!
    If that isn’t abuse I don’t know what is!

    • This is the big problem for the AVMA. Its members, the vets, abuse cats all the time when they declaw them for non-therapeutic reasons! Sorry to have to say that but from my standpoint it is true. I didn’t want to put that in the post but Ruth is right. I am not sure that an American vet who declaws is the right sort of person to report animal abuse.

  2. I totally agree. I wonder though if vets dont say anything because they aren’t sure and dont want to risk being wrong. Also they are likely to lose a customer so it kind of goes against their business to meddle with the personal lives of their customers. Maybe I am being too cynical but I suspect that since the line is not clear there is plenty of room in a situation for doubt and I suspect such a case probably usually results in no action. Only if a vet is nearly 100% sure will they do something probably. Just my guess. To be fair its probably not an easy thing to do especially if you are not sure abuse is happening.

    • Agreed. I think the vet should be given the authority through law to assess animal abuse and take action. The law would be drafted to protect the vet in case of error. Animal abuse is a window on what happens behind closed doors in respect of things that are illegal.

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