Friday, November 12, 2010

In Memory of an Ethical Veterinarian: Dr. Dean Wyatt

Sadly, this past weekend we lost a true member of the ethical veterinarian community. The President of the Humane Society of the United States recently gave a beautiful tribute to Dr. Dean Wyatt, the federal veterinarian who courageously testified last year against USDA slaughter plant inspection practices. Dr. Wyatt's tips to the Humane Society years earlier led to a slaughterhouse investigation that incited major calls for reform within the industry.

Here is an article from last year discussing Dr. Wyatt's testimony before the US House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. He was quoted as saying:

"I truly believe that the USDA inspector is the only advocate animals have in slaughter plants. When we turn our backs on the helpless, when we fail to speak on behalf of the voiceless, when we tolerate animal abuse and suffering, then the moral compass of a just and compassionate society is gone."

The humane world and community of ethical veterinarians honor Dr. Wyatt and thank him for devoting his life to the well-being of people and animals. He serves as an inspiration to us all.

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