A coalition of veterinarians in Oklahoma is lobbying the state legislature to tighten rules for the control of veterinary drugs because of concerns the substances could be used for dangerous purposes – from date-rape to abortion.
State Rep. Brian Renegar is working against the plan now pending on the state House floor that would ease oversight of some livestock management practices. The bill has been made a priority by the Oklahoma Farm Bureau.
H.B. 3202 by Rep. Don Armes would protect a livestock owners’ right to perform traditional animal husbandry practices as well as utilize equine dentists, the Farm Bureau explained.
But Renegar said the provision includes allowing wider and easier distribution of drugs that help ranchers or contractors conduct procedures such as managing horses’ teeth, which grow throughout the animal’s lifetime and periodically must be trimmed to allow the animal to eat.
The bill also adjusts the Oklahoma Veterinary Act to allow non-licensed individuals to provide the services.
Renegar, a veterinarian for more than three decades, said the legislation opens the door to the possibility that the tranquilizers and other drugs will be misused at tragic cost.
“These kids that are abusing these drugs are really good at attaching acronyms, and this particular class of drugs is called ‘CCs,’ which stands for ‘chemical coat-hangers,” said Renegar. “I am a lifelong veterinarian and very supportive of agriculture – but this bill is unnecessary and does nothing to benefit agriculture.
“We are here as legislators to protect the public good, and simply put, this bill does the exact opposite in that it will allow non-licensed individuals access to these harmful drugs,” he warned.
Planned Parenthood already distributes the RU-486 chemical abortion, and WND reported about a year ago on cases from Wisconsin in which teens were using livestock drugs to induce their own abortions.
The Wisconsin reports were corroborated by Anna Anderson, head of the Care Net Pregnancy Center in Green County, Wis., who document the trend on the Stephenson County Right to Life website of Freeport, Ill.
Anderson reported receiving numerous calls and visits to her pregnancy care center from teens who either had taken the drugs or were worried about friends who had taken them.
The drugs, kept on farms for management of livestock under the names Prostaglandins, Cystorelin, Factrel, Gonadorelin or Lutalyse, were being ingested orally in large quantities, even though animals are treated by injection, officials said at the time.
But the concerns were that besides causing the death of the unborn baby, other complications that could follow included infections, blood loss and even death.
Both Wisconsin and national veterinary associations acknowledged the problem at the time.
Now Renegar says in the Oklahoma situation, the concern is removing oversight from a situation that can be dangerous.
Another Oklahoma veterinarian, Daniel Eisenhour, agreed with Renegar’s concerns.
He told WND drugs are necessary in the livestock industry to control and manage animal reproduction in a way that provides a return on cost for the rancher.
But he said the provisions in the state House go too far.
Renegar said he’s received alerts from the American Animal Hospital Association about the issue of teens obtaining drugs to be used for do-it-yourself date-rape or abortion tool kits.
Eisenhour noted that women are not supposed to even handle some of the products without gloves, because of the danger of abortion.
In fact, in an online description for one of the products, the manufacturer states: “Women of child-bearing age, asthmatics, and persons with bronchial and other respiratory problems should exercise extreme caution when handling this product. In the early stages, women may be unaware of their pregnancies. Dinoprost tromethamine is readily absorbed through the skin and can cause abortion and/or bronchiospasms.”