February 25, 2010

UPDATE: Killeen, Bell County Rabies Law Reform in Limbo


What's new from Bell County Commissioners on reforming rabies laws to align with the three year standard set by the State of Texas in 2003 and supported by 27 veterinary medical schools as well as the National Association of State Public Health Veterinarians (NASPHV)?

*crickets*

Apparently Bell County Commissioners have decided not to decide on rabies law reform.

In making no decision, they choose the status quo. This is neither safer for the public nor sound medicine for companion animals.

Compulsory annual rabies vaccinations do not increase herd immunity; 50 percent of pet owners ignore the law. Mandatory annual rabies vaccinations do not enhance our companion animals' immunity, but increase the chances of adverse reactions and chronic disease.

And making no decision leaves the City of Killeen, which wants to extend the interval between rabies shots to three years for the good of the community and the sake of its family pets, in limbo.

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