The following position statements are provided for historical purposes only.

The original AASV position on Anti-Abuse Statements was approved by the AASV Board of Directors on October 1, 2008. It was replaced by the Anti-Abuse Position Statement on March 30, 2015. The current AASV Anti-Abuse Position Statement was approved by the AASV Board of Directors on April 3, 2018.

AASV Anti-Abuse Position Statement (2015)

Willful acts of neglect or abuse are unacceptable and are not tolerated. Willful abuse and neglect are defined as acts outside accepted production practices that intentionally cause pain and suffering including, but not limited to:

  • Intentionally applying prods to sensitive parts of the animal such as the eyes, ears, nose, genitals or rectum.
  • Malicious hitting/beating of an animal.
  • Purposeful failure to provide minimal food, water and care that results in significant harm or death to animals.

Approved by the AASV Board of Directors on March 30, 2015


AASV Position Statement: Anti-Abuse Statements (2008)

The AASV Pig Welfare Committee presented recommendations to the AASV Board of Directors for preparing anti-abuse statements for use on farms. The board considered the recommendations and approved the following policy statement:

The AASV Board encourages veterinarians to continue to assist their clients in developing policies for appropriate animal well-being and correction of potential abuse, cruelty, and neglect.

Approved by the AASV Board of Directors, October 1, 2008