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Recent Blog Posts

  • Protecting Animals and People from Potentially Infected Dogs Imported into the U.S. As reported by the National Animal Interest Alliance (NAIA), bill – H.R.6921 (the Healthy Dog Importation Act) – has been introduced in Congress that would require proper health screening of dogs imported into the United States.  Such oversight is desperately needed to ensure that the one million plus dogs imported into this country are free from infectious diseases that, if unchecked, could spread to other animals and humans. In addition to NAIA’s work on this bill, the American Veterinary Medical Association... More
  • A Cautionary Tale About COVID-19 and Animals We have heard conflicting reports about the potential spread of COVID-19 to and from people and animals, and between animals. Many government and industry officials have stated that there is no evidence that dogs and cats can transmit the virus to humans. Yet, as discussed by veterinary pathologists in a recent paper, the “absence of evidence [of zoonotic, reverse zoonotic, or inter/intra species COVID transmission] is not the same thing as evidence of absence.” See “A Critical Needs Assessment for... More
  • Part 2: What can employers in the agricultural industry do to protect their employees from COVID-19 and prevent strikes? In Part 1 of this blog, we discussed the new interim guidance for meat processing plants.  To combat concerns of a devastating reduction in our food supply chain, President Trump issued an Executive Order requiring processing plants to stay open.  Despite that order, some employees at these processing plants have expressed an intent not to return to work.  So, what options do employers have if their workers refuse to work? First, as the interim guidelines suggest, employers should follow the guidance... More
  • Part 1: What can meat processing facilities do to protect their essential employees from COVID-19 and comply with federal and state guidelines. Workers in essential industries are increasingly concerned about their health and safety in the workplace. This is most clearly evidenced by the recent strikes, or threats of strikes, by employees at large manufacturing and distribution centers. Further, meat processing plants are reporting an increasing number of employees contracting COVID-19, requiring these plants to shut down or consider shutting down. Agricultural workers have been deemed essential by every state. These employees are essential to maintaining the health and welfare of the... More
  • COVID-19 testing in pets in light of two pet cats testing positive in New York Two pet cats in New York have been infected with SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19), as just announced by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Veterinary Services Laboratories (NVSL).  See Confirmation of COVID-19 in Two Pet Cats in New York.  The cats, who lived in different locations, not only tested positive, but exhibited clinical signs of respiratory illness, but are expected to recover, according to the agencies.  Exposure... More
  • Reposted with Permission “Coronavirus: Animal testing may be best tool to defeat COVID-19|” by Matthew R. Bailey Originally Published 6:30 a.m. ET April 17, 2020 | Updated 7:06 a.m. ET April 17, 2020 Scientists are working on dozens of potential treatments and vaccines for the novel coronavirus and the disease it causes, COVID-19. Virtually all of them have one thing in common — they’re the product of animal research. Indeed, the race to beat COVID-19 shows just how critical animal research is to medical progress. Consider how mRNA-1273, the potential vaccine furthest along in the development process, came... More
  • The Importance of Animal Research for a COVID-19 Cure [Reposted with permission] This was just published by the Foundation for Biomedical Research.  The use of animal models for researching coronavirus and other fatal human and animal diseases and disorders bears repeating, again and again. Animal research is at the front lines of the battle with the coronavirus and with the help of animal models, a vaccine and treatments for the coronavirus will be found. In FBR’s latest video “The Importance of Animal Research for a COVID-19 Cure,” learn about three animal models being used in the... More
  • Animal Models Remain Vital for COVID-19 Research Despite activists’ rhetoric that animal models are not necessary for the advancement of biomedical research and development,  the criticality of the continued use of animal models in biomedical research is highlighted by Americans for Medical Progress and the Foundation for Biomedical Research (see respectively, AMP’s COVID-19 Resources The Critical Role of Animals in Developing COVID-19 Treatments and Vaccines and the Foundation for Biomedical Research and FBR’s COVID-19 Resources-We’re committed to improving health through education . As stated on FBR’s website, “[n]early... More
  • COVID 19 Update Telemedicine: Enhanced Tools Available for Veterinarians FDA has recently announced it is relaxing its enforcement of telemedicine for veterinarians under two federal provisions:  (1) when prescribing extralabel drug use; and (2) when prescribing medicate feed pursuant to the Veterinary Feed Directive.  Both generally require an initial physical examination of animals prior to such prescription. FDA only enforces certain regulations governing a veterinarian’s relationship with its clients and patients.  As stated in a news release “Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: FDA Helps Facilitate Veterinary Telemedicine During Pandemic,” The federal [veterinarian client... More
  • COVID 19 PROVES THAT ANIMAL RESEARCH REMAINS VITAL TO HUMAN AND ANIMAL HEALTH Despite myths perpetuated by animal activists, animal models remain critical to ensure that vaccines developed to prevent COVID 19 infections do not make those patients worse as a result of such treatment, as Dr. Fauci recently acknowledged during a briefing at the White House. As also reported in Catching up to Coronavirus: Top 60 Treatments in Development,  “[m]ost of the therapy candidates for COVID-19 . . . were vaccines that are only in animal testing stages.” Matthew R. Bailey, President, National Association... More