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Animal Sentience: An Interdisciplinary Journal on Animal Feeling

Commentary Type

Invited Commentary

Abstract

When animals are suffering, we have a duty to take action. With appropriate incentive and educational support mandatory veterinary reporting can be a great legal avenue to help ensure their safety and welfare.

Author Biography

Melinda Merck catdvm@drmerck.com is a forensic veterinarian consulting on cases involving animals, assisting investigators of animal cruelty with crime scene investigation. She is on the Board of Directors for North American Veterinary Community, founding member of the Board of Directors for the International Veterinary Forensic Sciences Association, and editor of Veterinary Forensics: Animal Cruelty Investigations (Wiley). http://www.veterinaryforensics.com