Animal welfare language added

From ANIMAL PEOPLE, November/December 2010:


GENEVA, SCHAUMBERG–The International Org-anization for
Standardization and American Veterinary Medical Association have
added language strengthening recognition of animal welfare to their
governing documents.
ISO 26000, a standard issued in November 2010 to define
social responsibility, states that socially responsible
organizations “respect the welfare of animals, when affecting their
lives and existence, including by providing decent conditions for
keeping, breeding, producing, transporting and using animals.”

The AVMA added the words “and welfare” to the Veterinarian’s
Oath, taken by U.S. veterinary school graduates. The oath now
reads: “Being admitted to the profession of veterinary medicine, I
solemnly swear to use my scientific knowledge and skills for the
benefit of society through the protection of animal health and
welfare, the prevention and relief of animal suffering, the
conservation of animal resources, the promotion of public health,
and the advancement of medical knowledge.”

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