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The U.S. Department of Agriculture has taken an important step forward for the welfare of animals used in research, breeding and exhibitions. It is vital that you contact the USDA today to express your support for the proposed regulation to require researchers, puppy mills, breeders and exhibitors to keep medical records on their animals. While it is hard to believe this isn’t already a requirement, the USDA admits keeping such records is implied, but not specifically required.
This change will help ensure animals receive appropriate care by making breeders, research facilities, and exhibitors more accountable. Currently these facilities are supposed to have a "program of adequate veterinary care," however, this can be difficult to verify. The USDA indicated this change will help inspectors determine who is not providing adequate veterinary care to their animals.

As you can imagine, the researchers, breeders, and exhibitors are not going to like this proposal and will try to defeat it, even though keeping these files is something they should already be doing. That's why your support now is so important!

WHAT YOU CAN DO:
Please submit comments of support to the USDA - No Later than June 10th! Send emails to: regulations@aphis.usda.gov
1) Use "Docket No. 97-033-1" in the Subject Line of your email.

2) Comments must be contained in the body of the message; do not send attached files.

3) Include your name and address in the message.

4) Consider suggesting that the final regulation specify an attending veterinarian must sign the medical records.


SAMPLE EMAIL:
TO: regulations@aphis.usda.gov
SUBJECT: Docket No. 97-033-1
Please ensure the intact passage of the regulations outlined in Docket No. 97-033-1 that would require researchers, breeders and exhibitors to maintain medical records for their animals. In addition, please consider adding a requirement that an attending veterinarian sign the medical records to ensure their accuracy and validity.

Thank you,
Your Name and Address
post #2 of 9
Mary Anne,

Thanks for posting this for us to read. This is an important topic and I hope many of us send e-mails in support of this legislation.

Renae
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I wrote in. Every correspondence that they get counts.
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Is there any way y'all can sticky this to the top until the deadline. It's so important for people to see this and respond.
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Actually if we sticky it not many people read it. Just help by bumping it up every now and again so it stays in the mainline of the threads- Like this
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Hello Sabra! Haven't seen you in a while. Saying hi is a good excuse for a bump!
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I sent an email!

Thanks Hissy!
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