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Sunday, October 28, 2007

Tooth Floating Debate in Texas Draws Attention from Abroad


This week's issue of the prestigious British newsmagazine The Economist looks askance at the controversy in Texas, where veterinarians are supposed to be taking over tooth-floating of horses.

The Brits think this action is downright unAmerican and take a look at the ethics of licensing or changing the playing fields of previously unregulated trades and professions. While Britain is highly regulated, they tend to think of America as the land of free enterprise.

Come to think of it, so do a lot of Americans.

This article is worth reading, no matter where you stand on the various campaigns for veterinarians to take over responsibility for all aspects of animal care, from tooth floating of horses in Texas to clipping of dog claws in California.

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