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Based on records obtained under the California Public Records
Act, UPC has asked the American Veterinary Medical Association
(AVMA) to remove Dr. Gregg Cutler from its animal welfare committee
for telling the Ward Poultry Farm in San Diego County to throw
thousands of live hens into wood-chipping machines in February
2003. The AVMA, which does not support wood-chippers as a form
of euthanasia, told UPC on Nov. 6 that procedures for handling
our complaint were being initiated.
On Nov. 22, LA Times reporter Jia-Rui Chong ran a story
on the case. Pointing out that "United Poultry Concerns
has been circulating the San Diego County documents and vowed
that animal groups would continue to nettle the American Veterinary
Medical Assn. until it removed Gregg Cutler from its animal welfare
committee," the article also cites the complaint
filed by the San Diego County Dept. of Animal Services against
veterinarians Gregg Cutler and Doug Kuney, who authorized and
supervised the use of the wood chippers, to the California Dept.
of Consumer Affairs Veterinary Medical Board requesting an investigation.
If the Board believes that an ethical or professional breach
of conduct has occurred, the case will be sent to the state
attorney general's office which may present it to an administrative
law judge, who can put a veterinarian on probation or suspend
or revoke his/her license. UPC is joining the San Diego County
Dept. of Animal Services in urging the Veterinary Medical Board
to investigate this case to determine if punishment is warranted.
- Urge the AVMA to remove Gregg Cutler from
its animal welfare committee. Cutler autho-
rized the use of woodchippers, lied to the
AVMA that he did not, then admitted that he
did, and is now accusing county humane offi-
cers of misrepresenting him.
Bruce Little, DVM, Executive Vice President
American Veterinary Medical Association
1931 North Meacham road, Suite 100
Schaumburg, IL 60173-4360
Ph: 847-925-8070. Fax: 847-925-1329
- Urge the California Dept. of Consumer Affairs
Veterinary Medical Board to investigate the
case against Gregg Cutler and Doug Kuney
with a view to revoking their licenses to practice
medicine in California.
Veterinary Medical Board
1420 Howe Avenue, Suite 6
Sacramento, CA 95825-3228
Ph: 916-263-2610. Fax: 916-263-2621