The American Veterinary Medical Association has made animal welfare one of its top-five strategic issues for the next one to three years. Consequently, AVMA will establish an animal-welfare division to monitor the science of animal welfare and develop proactive strategies for the association. The executive board will allocate up to $346,000 to create five staff positions for the division, at least two of which will be veterinarians with a “broad range of veterinary-related animal-welfare expertise.”

This could be an interesting development. AVMA membership is made up primarily of small-animal practitioners, and its expertise of modern livestock production practices is limited. Still, AVMA endorsements and recommendations often carry weight with the general public. 

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