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Welfare Crisis: Prepare and Respond

With training, monitoring and evaluation, livestock operations can minimize the risk for damaging accusations of welfare violations. ( John Maday )         

Editor’s Note: In light of the recent publicity over a case of animal abuse at Fair Oaks Farms, we’re reissuing this article from 2016, outlining a case study and ways veterinarians can help clients prevent mistreatment and respond if mistakes occur.
 

You've spent countless hours on a client's farm. You've helped train the crews and developed health and welfare protocols. You know the owner and management team well and have seen first-hand their commitment to proper animal care. And yet, early one morning you find your phone and e-mail swamped with messages about an undercover video supposedly documenting animal abuse on the farm.

Like it or not, you have a fire to fight. That's the bad news. The good news is that you, as the farm's veterinarian, are a trusted source with a high level of credibility among the general public. Also through an established veterinarian-client-patient relationship, you are in a good position to help your client minimize the fallout.

George Palmer, DVM, at Palmer Veterinary Clinic, Plattsburgh, N.Y., faced that scenario a few years back when an employee of the animal-rights group PETA clandestinely joined the staff at a client's dairy and released a video allegedly showing animal abuse on the operation.

Continue to read the story.

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