AVMA adds to chorus opposing food safety, animal health budget cuts
Friday October 28 2011
Animal health should not be taken for granted, and agencies, such as USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, should be protected from upcoming budget cuts, the American Veterinary Medical Association argues in a letter sent to the chairs of the so-called Super Committee.
AVMA Executive Vice President and CEO Ron DeHaven urges the Super Committee, in a one-page letter sent Oct. 13, to "protect our nation's food safety and security, animal and public health as well as our nation's agriculture defense by sparing key agencies charged with these functions from deep and harmful budget cuts." The letter is addressed to Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas) and Sen. Patty Murray (D- Wash.), and copied to the other 10 members of the Super Committee.
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