Florida: Protect Your State’s Pets and Vets!
If new legislation pending in the Florida Legislature passes, it would allow veterinarians to report suspected animal abuse without the threat of losing their license.
Veterinarians are often the first to detect potential cases of animal cruelty and neglect. A recent study found that 87% of veterinarians had encountered cases of animal abuse. (J Am Vet Med Assoc 2017;250:688–696)
Veterinarians swear an oath to “relieve animal suffering” when they enter their profession. But Florida’s law actually prohibits veterinarians from reporting or discussing a patient’s condition without facing serious disciplinary and legal risk, making it nearly impossible for them to uphold this oath when they witness suspected animal abuse.
Their ability to report potential cruelty cases without risking their careers is crucial to protecting animals from potentially life-threatening situations.
What You Can Do
Urge your state representative and state senator to support H.B. 7125/S.B. 642 to protect animals by allowing veterinarians to report suspected cruelty to the proper authorities.
Please take these two steps right away:
1. Call your representative. Please call your state legislators and urge them to support H.B. 7125/S.B.642. Your message can be as simple as, “Hello, my name is [your name]. As a constituent, I urge [your rep.’s name/your senator's name] to support H.B. 7125/S.B.642 to protect animals in the state by allowing veterinarians to report suspected cruelty to the proper authorities. Thank you.”
2. Send a follow-up email. After you place your call, please use the form below to send your lawmakers an email with the same message.
Thank you, Florida!