MEOW! My name is June Buggie and I have something to say!
Last month DeDe told you about veterinarians protesting at a low-cost spay/neuter clinic in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.
Well yesterday we learned that the Alabama State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners voted on a set of rules that would have made the state’s nonprofit spay/neuter clinics illegal. The rules were defeated, but not before the State Senate got involved and passed a measure that would have over-ruled the Board’s decision.
This made me boiling mad! For one thing, the AL State Board is chaired by Dr. Robert Pitman, a vet whose practice is located in Athens, Alabama. That’s the town where Jen was born. Hisssssss!!!!
But even more troubling is the fact that Alley Cat Allies surveyed vets in Alabama about the proposed rule and found that almost one-third of vets surveyed supported the measure. These vets claimed the nonprofit clinics had an unfair business advantage. Also, many clinics refused to give a response, which makes me think they probably also supported the measure.
Folks, this frightens me! Are there really that many vets out there that oppose low-cost spay/neuter clinics? Will other groups try the same tactic as they did in Alabama?
I encourage you to remain vigilant, not only in your state, but in others as well. I fear this veterinarian backlash isn’t going away real soon.