New York Pet Welfare Association Launches

January 22, 2015 – In The News
Yahoo! Finance

Nancy Halpern was quoted in the Yahoo! Finance article, “New York Pet Welfare Association Launches.” Full text can be found in the January 22, 2015, issue, but a synopsis is below.

A group of pet store owners from New York City, U.S. Department of Agriculture-licensed dog breeders and brokers, veterinarians and nonprofit associations have created the New York Pet Welfare Association (NYPWA).

The goal of the NYPWA is to educate the public and policy makers about the responsible pet industry, educate pet industry professionals and advocate for responsible public policy that promotes healthy puppies and other pets.

It is being said that a recently enacted New York City law that mandates the spaying of all puppies and kittens, replaces the professional judgment of a veterinarian on a case-by-case basis.

Nancy Halpern explained that under the laws governing the practice of veterinary medicine in New York "it is incumbent upon a veterinarian to determine whether an animal can withstand the rigors of anaesthesia and the trauma of surgery. If, in a vet's professional judgment, surgery will jeopardize the health and welfare of a patient, a requirement to do so constitutes animal cruelty."