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Vet who poisons animals - summary of violations and contacts

Here is a summary of violations and contacts from the many posts here on Scoop.  Did I miss anything? 

 

Don't assume others will do the complaining. 

 

In her own words on June 10, 2011 Joan Moreau, DVM stated:
"The coyote that killed her (feral cat) will die I think in 5-7 days after it ate the beef broth basted rat poison I put out on the game trail I found. It will die minus the trauma I found on my cat ..."

This is a violation of NM State Statute 30-18-1 on Cruelty to Animals which states:
Extreme cruelty to animals consists of a person: 
(1)     intentionally or maliciously torturing, mutilating, injuring or poisoning an animal; or
(2)     maliciously killing an animal.  
 F.     Whoever commits extreme cruelty to animals is guilty of a fourth degree felony and shall be sentenced pursuant to the provisions of Section 31-18-15 NMSA 1978.  
http://search.nmcompcomm.us/nmsu/lpext.dll/nmsa1978/9a1/f2c6/f884/f886?f=templates&fn=document-frame.htm&2.0#JD_30-18-1

To complain contact Attorney General Gary King, who chairs the Animal Cruelty Taskforce (ACT) at 888-260-2178.

 

By putting out rat poison on a game trail overnight for any and all animals to consume and to suffer long and torturous deaths, she violated the Veterinarian’s Oath which states:
Being admitted to the profession of veterinary medicine, I solemnly swear to use my scientific knowledge and skills for the benefit of society through the protection of animal health and welfare, the prevention and relief of animal suffering, the conservation of animal resources, the promotion of public health, and the advancement of medical knowledge. I will practice my profession conscientiously, with dignity, and in keeping with the principles of veterinary medical ethics.  I accept as a lifelong obligation the continual improvement of my professional knowledge and competence…”
Complaints can be submitted to the New Mexico Board of Veterinary Medicine.  You can email them and they will reply with the complaint form to print out and mail in.
7301 Jefferson Street NE, Ste. H
Albuquerque, NM 87109
Phone: 505/553-7021
Fax: 505/553-7024
E-mail:
info@NMBVM.org

 

She potentially endangered other domestic animals by leaving the rat poison out for anything to consume, including domestic animals which violates SF County Animal Control Ordinances which states:  “It is unlawful for any person to willfully or maliciously kill, beat, sexually abuse, maim, poison, disfigure, burn, or scald any animal, or to attempt to kill or poison any animal…”

http://www.apnm.org/publications/animal_law/counties/Santa%20Fe%20Co.pdf

Contact SF County Animal Control at 505-992-1626 avelasco@co.santa-fe.nm.us

 

By using rat poison to intentionally kill a coyote or any other animal that walks by and drinks the poison broth she violated federal law by using rodenticide for other that for its intended use.

Violations include:

Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA):  http://www.epa.gov/agriculture/lfra.html

NM Pesticide Control Act  http://www.nmda.nmsu.edu/laws-statutes/Pesticide%20Control%20Act.html

The New Mexico Dept of Agriculture has a Pesticide Enforcement Office and can be reached at 575-646-2133. 

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Tags: coyote, kill, poison, rat, vet

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Comment by Sloan Cunningham on June 28, 2011 at 10:36pm

http://www.avma.org/about_avma/whoweare/oath.asp

Veterinarian's Oath

(Approved by the HOD, 1954; Revision approved by the HOD, 1969; Revision approved by the Executive Board 1999, 2010)

Being admitted to the profession of veterinary medicine, I solemnly swear to use my scientific knowledge and skills for the benefit of society through the protection of animal health and welfare, the prevention and relief of animal suffering, the conservation of animal resources, the promotion of public health, and the advancement of medical knowledge.

I will practice my profession conscientiously, with dignity, and in keeping with the principles of veterinary medical ethics.

I accept as a lifelong obligation the continual improvement of my professional knowledge and competence.

Comment by Claudia Inoue on June 28, 2011 at 11:11am
 Nature's way (SF New Mexican Letter to the Editor, 06.29.11)

Regarding the June 15 article "Vet's post on coyote poisoning raises ire": Veterinarian Joan Moreau's cat was likely not killed by a coyote. Coyotes do not leave a body with signs of "trauma." They dispatch the whole animal, instantly. Moreau says she "put a lot of thought into" causing a coyote to suffer an unspeakably horrible five- to seven-day death. The first animals to eat the poison were no doubt ravens. Coyotes often find the carrion they eat by following ravens. Does she think ravens are "bad" animals like coyotes or "good" ones, like her cat?

Poison kills pets, wildlife, birds and ecosystems. Coyotes exist mainly on juniper berries and mice. Scientific study has concluded that coyotes pose little threat to the heavily subsidized sheep industry. If people let pets outside, they need to accept the consequences.

Cate Moses

Santa Fe






Comment by Julie L on June 22, 2011 at 8:54pm

There is something suspect about her claim that a coyote climbed a 7 ft fence.  If she didn't keep it secure - if there were holes, she should have expected the consequences.

 

I spoke with Animal Control today.  They will be contacting her.  They have been contacted many, many times related to this case.  No supporters for Moreau, by the way.

Comment by Renee van Asten on June 22, 2011 at 12:05pm
I can attest to the fact that no coyote on god's green earth can scale a 7 foot fence or wall ! My coyote, supremely fed, could barely jump a 4 foot chainlink fence or 5 foot wall...on occasion !. Chainlinks have no ledge and the wires hurt their feet. A wall at least has a ledge to balance on and facilitates footing for the jumpoff. So even bobcats will have a very rough time with a 7 foot fence as do cougars. Tops of wire fences have these triangles sticking out of the wire fence squares and stick into paws and chest, which is very painfull. Since that cat was left dead with may injuries, according to the story, it may have well been a hawk who was unable to take off with it's prey. And that cat died of the injuries from the the pecking and tearing. I had failed to remember the height of the fence but even police dogs need extensive training for a long time in order to scale a wall of 7 feet, let alone a fence ! And that takes a big one like a German Sheppard. And not all of those end up qualifying !
Comment by Claudia Inoue on June 22, 2011 at 11:53am
Comment by Jan Macek on June 22, 2011 at 10:51am
Sad thing is that there are always worst people out there that come from different states and try to make their environment the same as where they came from. We have neighbors who are from Calif. and wanted wildflowers on their acre of land and put down this awful netting which is killing the snakes that become trapped. We tried to get it banned in our neighborhood and this guy threatened us to the point that we went to Sheriff's office and had complaint written against him. This idiot doesn't realize that in order to have wildflowers, you have to have rain. No rain, no flowers. But meantime, they are killing all the snakes in the neighborhood that get caught in the netting and they put it all over their acreage. It is like they put carpet all over their property. So there is always worst people out there but you don't know until something like this happens or someone tells others what is going on. I believe in Karma and she is a bitch when you encounter her. I am letting her take care of this nasty man and his wife. I have seen Karma first hand and she is not nice when she does her thing. Go Karma!!!!!
Comment by Claudia Inoue on June 22, 2011 at 5:42am

Another Letter to the editor this morning:

 

See it here

 

Wildlife woes

Regarding "Vet's post on coyote poisoning raises ire" (June 15): As far as Joan Moreau is concerned, she is part of our species, Homo sapiens, who believes that she can control her environment, including all wildlife!

It seems unlikely that a coyote would jump a 7-foot-tall walled area.

This sounds more like a bobcat or mountain lion.

All these animals are already stressed to the max during this dire drought in our area, and now they are being poisoned by someone who claims to have compassion and to save animals!

Gudrun Hoerig
Santa Fe



 

Comment by Renee van Asten on June 21, 2011 at 8:28pm

So are you Julie ! I love the idea of a Sanitized apartment !!! Funny !

Life is full of surprises and Mankind being the biggest surprise of all !

Comment by Julie L on June 21, 2011 at 8:21pm
You are a wise soul, Renee.  I too would so enjoy watching the wildlife.  A person who chooses to exterminate it all seems better suited for city life, living in a santized apartment.
Comment by Renee van Asten on June 21, 2011 at 7:51pm

What I also find very odd is this. A vet is a person who choses this lifetime carier out of love for animals.

This particular one buys a 20 acre plot of land. It is teeming with life. Imagine being able to watch those bunnies frolick and the other animals doing their thing. Squirels nibbling on seeds and birds gathering in the bushes with morning song ! Aah, to be able to sit there with morning coffee taking in the beauty of it all ! But not this character ! She gets herself a wild cat in order to murder all of that beautiful wild life out there ! No silent, meditative morning coffee for her ! This is MY land ! I AM the Possessor now ! No one shall nibble at My alfalfa hay, My seeds, My petunias or any of My possessions ! Never mind the fact that, if she had used the same brain cells she used to study all the animal facts in vet school, she could have figured out a way to protect the items the wild life nibbled on. Putting up a special fence, special pots and the likes. But NO, she does not even allow those animals the food in their stomachs or, as they say in my country, allow them the light in their eyes !

It would be equal to beig operated on by a surgeon who is known for killing people !

Who, in their right mind, would voluntarily submit to that !.We, this community, seem to be dealing with a twisted mind amongst us. It simply is not normal. Not even for a control freak ! Many vets are humane and compassionate but we need to exercise discernment with every step we take at this stage of Mankind's development.  One can hide their psyche anytime until that moment arrives when the urge for supremacy surfaces with a vengance. Me too Julie, used to hold the whole medical profession in such high regards...until...I became a professional Doctor's Assistance, called Physician's Assistant nowadays. Don't ask what happens behind closed doors !!!

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