Washington law prohibits the following as animal cruelty:
RCW 16.52 contains current Washington laws concerning animal cruelty. Local jurisdictions may have additional laws governing animal cruelty.
Animal Abuse: To Report or Not to Report? An article from MyEvt.com.
ASPCA: Includes links to ASPCAPro for Animal Welfare Professionals, as well as National Animal Poison Control Center, the premier animal toxicology resource.
AVMA Animal Welfare Division: Main access page for AVMA Animal Welfare Division which includes Animal Welfare Forum Proceedings, brochures, presentations, legislative and regulatory issues.
AVMA Guidelines for the Euthanasia of Animals – revised for 2013
Canadian Veterinary Medical Association Animal Welfare section: Links to what our neighbors to the north are doing with regard to Animal Welfare.
Animal Welfare Information Clearinghouse (USDA’s Nat’l Agricultural Library) Provides information for improved animal care and use in research, testing, teaching, and exhibition.
ANIMAL WELFARE: Seeing the forest AND the trees
American Veterinary Medical Association
Veterinary Pain Management
by Gaynor Muir: much information regarding methods for assessing pain, pre-emptive analgesia. etc.
Animals Make Us Human: Creating the Best Life for Animals by Temple Grandin and Catherine Johnson (Hardcover – Jan 6, 2009)
Animals in Translation: Using the Mysteries of Autism to Decode Animal Behavior by Temple Grandin and Catherine Johnson (Paperback – Jan 2, 2006)
Humane Livestock Handling: Understanding livestock behavior and building facilities for healthier animals by Temple Grandin (Paperback – Jun 1, 2008)
Animal Rights & Human Morality by Bernard E. Rollin (Paperback – Sep 30, 2006)
The Unheeded Cry: Animal Consciousness, Animal Pain, and Science by Bernard E. Rollin (Hardcover – May 30, 1998)
Veterinary Forensics, Animal Cruelty Investigations by Melinda D. Merck, DVM
Maximizing Quality of Life In Ill Animals, Journal of AAHA 2003;39: 227-235
NOTE: The information contained in the documents presented in this section is not to be used as a substitute for professional care. Neither the authors nor the Washington State Veterinary Medical Association (WSVMA) assume liability for injury incurred by following the information presented in these self-help documents.