Welcome to your next issue of
newsletter highlighting veterinary issues for
March 4, 2005 Volume II, Number 25
In This Issue
House Bill 315
Passes Illinois House Executive Committee
House Bill 315 is now referred to as "Anna's Bill." The bill is named after Anna Cieslewicz, and Evergreen Park woman, who died after two stray dogs attacked her while she jogged through the Dan Ryan Woods.
The ISVMA continues to oppose House Bill 315. The recent amendment to the bill includes a provision that further demonstrates the supporters willingness to ignore science and the threat of a deadly zoonotic disease in their desire to pass the bill:
We need every ISVMA member veterinarian to contact their state representative and state senator to explain our opposition. Please contact the legislators that represent the district you live in and the district where your veterinary practice is located. Click here to find out who your legislators are and how to contact them.
If you wish to review the ISVMA position statement on House Bill 315, it was printed in the last E-SOURCE newsletter (see link below):
One of ISVMA's Life Members recently corresponded with his legislators regarding HB315. He made some points that I hope we all can reflect upon:
Every legislator should be made aware of the vital role veterinarians have in developing effective policies for animal care and welfare - and public health. Lawyers and advocacy groups do not have the scientific training and background to set the policy agenda and veterinarians must become more politically engaged to prevent them from advancing a sometimes dangerous and economically devastating agenda.
On Saturday March 5, 2005 two ISVMA member veterinarians will appear on WGN's Pet Central radio program hosted by Steve Dale. Dr. Joanne Carlson (Loving Care Animal Clinic - Rolling Meadows) and Dr. Stephen Dullard (Ancare Veterinary Clinic, PC - Mendota) have been invited to participate in the show and the primary topic will be House Bill 315.
If you would like to listen to the discussion, tune into
WGN Radio 720AM at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday.
The Illinois State Veterinary Medical Association (ISVMA) is proud to offer an excellent continuing education seminar designed to develop vital communication skills essential for each member of your practice team. Nationally acclaimed consultant Karyn Gavzer will present: "It's Not What You Say; It’s How You Say It – Tips and Strategies for Effective Client Communications."
For more information on this tremendous program or to register please visit:
REMEMBER TO REGISTER EARLY TO GUARANTEE AVAILABILITY!
*There are only 150 spaces available at each of three regional locations for this very popular and useful program.
A spectacular and distinctive flycatcher, the bright red Vermilion Flycatcher inhabits riparian areas and scrub in the southwestern United States and southward. It perches conspicuously, making periodic flights to nab insect prey.
This Vermilion Flycatcher was photographed at the Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge near Brownsville, Texas in February 2003. I wrote a published photo essay of my 2003 trip to the Lower Rio Grande Valley. If you wish to read it and see more of my pictures from the trip you can visit http://www.surfbirds.com/trip_report.php?id=161.
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