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Legislation that the NMVMA is monitoring: HB 33 LIVESTOCK BOARD MEAT INSPECTIONS House Bill 33 (HB 33) authorizes the New Mexico Livestock Board to conduct meat inspections to ensure the safety and quality of meat for human consumption Click here for more information ________________________________________ HB 121 MEAT PROCESSING AND MARKETING PROGRAM House Bill 121 (HB 121) appropriates one hundred fifty thousand dollars ($150,000) the New Mexico Department of Agriculture for a statewide meat processing and marketing program. Relationship: HB 121 duplicates SB 173 and relates to HM 1. Click here for more information _______________________________________ HJR 5 RIGHT TO HUNT<...

New Mexico, let’s move from Red to Green. The county-by-county framework will permit counties – and the businesses and nonprofit entities within their borders – to operate under less restrictive public health measures when health metrics demonstrating the extent of the virus’ spread and test positivity within those counties are met. Read the Public Health Order What is the Red to Green framework? In order to prevent and mitigate the effects of the spread of the virus, and to ameliorate the unsustainable resultant strain placed upon the state’s health care system and personnel, counties where...

State extends modified stay-home order; New Mexico enters “Preparation Phase” for safe re-opening Apr 30, 2020 | Press Releases SANTA FE – New Mexico state leadership on Thursday announced the extension of the state’s emergency public health order through May 15 as the COVID-19 pandemic remains a grave risk to residents of all ages and in all communities across New Mexico. As of Thursday, there were 3,411 reported positive cases in the state of New Mexico and 123 reported fatalities associated with the virus. The highly contagious virus continues to spread in communities...

    Confirmation of COVID-19 in Two Pet Cats in New York Washington, D.C. April 22, 2020 – The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Veterinary Services Laboratories (NVSL) today announced the first confirmed cases of SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19) infection in two pet cats. These are the first pets in the United States to test positive for SARS-CoV-2. The cats live in two separate areas of New York state. Both had mild respiratory illness and are expected to make a...

Some members of Congress want to require veterinarians to provide clients with copies of all companion animal prescriptions, regardless whether the client wants one or whether the prescription is ultimately dispensed by the veterinarian or filled by a pharmacy. For some years, they have pushed for a new federal law implementing this prescription mandate. The prescription mandate legislation, misleadingly called the "Fairness to Pet Owners Act" (H.R. 1607/ S.1290), has been introduced into the current Congress by U.S. Reps. Matt Cartwright (D-Pa.) and Gus Bilirakis (R-Fla.), and Sens. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.)...

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