Excellence in Agriculture. American Veal Association 2005-2006. Why fund legislative initiatives?. Animal Rights Groups See Increase In Funding:
American Veal Association
Animal Rights Groups See Increase In Funding:
The December 2005 issue of Animal People revealed that animal rights activist groups raised overall donations by an alarming 40% in 2004, the most current period available. HSUS revenues totaled $74 million, up 3% from 2003. PETA reported $28.1 million in revenues, an alarming 20% increase. The PETA-affiliated Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) and the PCRM Foundation combined for $16 million in donations, up from $12 million just a year earlier. The combined budgets of animal rights organizations which focus at least part of their activities against animal agriculture was $207 million in 2003 and was well more than $290 million in 2004. (Source: Animal Agriculture Alliance)
1. Agro-terrorism Bills
A. Ohio Senate Bill 009
1. Passed, awaits House action
B. Pennsylvania House Bill 213
1. Passed and signed by Governor Rendell
C. U.S. Senate Bill 1926/H.R. 4239
1. Introduced and referred to their respective Judiciary Committees
1. Massachusetts Senate Bill 552
A. Testified against bill in June 2005
1. Bill did not pass out of committee
2. Oregon SB934
A. Bill never made committee schedule
3. Arizona Ballot Initiative I-07-2006
A. AVA contributed $10,000.00
B. Total Budget of $1,000,000.00
C. Residents will vote – November 2006
1. Arizona, Arizona, Arizona
A. The AVA may attempt to collect a 13th month special assessment.
1. This will allow us to contribute
another $15,000.00, bringing our total
contribution to $25,000.00
B. Foie Gras takes center stage in ’06
1. Bills introduced in Chicago, Hawaii,
and Washington State
Humane Treatment of Farm Animals Act
Application Date: September 6, 2005
Due Date: July 6, 2006
Signatures required: 122,612
Arizonans for Humane Farms (AHS, ADLA, HSUS, Farm Sanctuary) in Support of I-07-2006
P.O. Box 3095
Tempe, AZ 85280
Arizona citizens are concerned about the cruel and inhumane treatment of animals; the Humane Treatment of Farm Animals Act, recommended by the Arizona Humane Society and The Humane Society of the United States, requires that pigs during pregnancy and calves raised for veal must be given sufficient space to turn around, lie down, and fully extend their limbs, when tethered, or confined in crates, cages, or other enclosures; includes exceptions, such as for veterinary purposes and during the pig's prebirthing period; the Act allows six years to adopt more humane practices and does not require mandatory expenditure of state revenues.
MARK R. HEILBRUN, Partner – Jenner & Block LLP
1. April 2005 Federal Register Notice
A. Added the veal warning label to over 20 commonly used products
B. The AVA met with the FDA in January and again in June 2006 to address the notice and other related questions
1. We are still awaiting answers
2. We may have to hire a regulatory consultant
1. Does the FDA have an audit mechanism in place to assure veterinarian equivalency with importing countries such as Canada? If so, does the agency believe that Canada's regulations on extra and off label use for veal to be imported to the U.S. are equivalent to the FDA's for the domestic production of veal? If the agency believes there is equivalency, would they be willing to share the basis for that conclusion?
2. What is the agency's thinking of the significance of the April 4, 2005 notice published in the Federal Register regarding additional warning labels to be placed on antibiotics that could be used in veal under AMDUCA?
3. Does the "Not for use in veal calves" warning expressly prohibit a veterinarian from using that product under AMDUCA in veal calves, if all the other conditions of AMDUCA are met, such as the presence of a valid vet-client-patient-relationship, proper record keeping by the veterinarian and producer etc.?
4. If the USDA "Blue Book" does not provide for a separate residue limit for veal calves, can we assume that the cattle limits apply? If a zero tolerance level, or a "less than detectable limit" applies for AMDUCA uses, why isn't that expressed in the Blue Book, or it expressly implied elsewhere?
5. Not taking into consideration any marketing issues that may arise once a formal definition of veal is established by the USDA, does the agency feel or believe that if we feed grain along with milk in our 20-24 week production cycle, to induce some rumen function, that we could be entitled to broader antibiotic use under AMDUCA, or in products that are approved simply for cattle?
6. Has the agency ever accepted data that has been submitted to another country's equivalent agency, in part or in whole, to support a B(1) Supplemental Application. Being that almost all of the products that would be considered for use in veal calves domestically have been approved for use in veal calves in the EU or Canada, for therapeutic purposes, would the agency consider the use of their approvals and the data on efficacy, target animal safety, and residue depletion from an approval gained in another country? (The EU produces about 8,000,000 calves annually versus our 535,000, so pharmaceutical companies had the economic incentive to gain approvals for veal calves in the EU).
1. The AVA will establish it’s own website
A. It will be non-restricted by current beef check-off laws
B. It will compliment the current vealfarm.com website
C. It became operational on May 8, 2006
1. AVA Visits During 2005-2006
A. The American Farm Bureau
B. The Animal Agricultural Alliance
C. The American Meat Institute
D. NCBA – Policy Division
E. The National Milk Producer’s Federation
F. National Pork Producers
G. United Soybean Board
H. Fur Commission USA
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