In case you missed it:
- Spokane County, WA, became the newest member of the 90% Club with a 96% placement rate for dogs, 91% for cats, and 93% for rabbits and other animals.
- Fremont County, CO, placed 100% of rabbits and other animals, 98% of dogs, and 92% of cats. For dogs and rabbits, it remains part of the one of the most exclusive groups in the movement, those placing 98-100% of animals.
- On Jan. 1, it became illegal for California pet stores to sell dogs, cats, and rabbits from “puppy mills” and other commercial breeding operations. On Jan. 1, 2020, Maryland will become the second state to ban their sales under a law passed last year. New York aims to be the third. “A bill pending in the [NYS] Legislature (S7711) would attempt to do that by prohibiting pet stores from selling dogs and cats raised by commercial breeders.”
- A judge has ordered a man who tortured his girlfriend’s cat to death in a case the Sheriff called “one of the most heinous acts of cruelty” he’d ever seen to do community service at an animal shelter. He should be in prison. Can you imagine a judge ordering someone who “severely beat” their spouse to volunteer at a woman’s shelter? Or a convicted pedophile to volunteer at a daycare center? It is unthinkable.
- Legislation pending in Missouri would make animal abuse a felony and create an animal abuser registry.
- The NYC Health Dept. signed a $1.4 billion 34-yr. contract with its own subsidiary to run the pound. The new contract will maintain archaic policies until 2052. To protect animals, it is imperative that the Companion Animal Protection Act be enacted into law.
- In a victory for free speech — and a victory for anyone who has spoken out on behalf of animals mistreated, abused, and killed in city pounds — a Federal Court of Appeal ruled for the first time yesterday that public officials cannot censor comments or block individuals on their official social media pages for criticizing them and their policies. To do so, ruled the Court, violates the First Amendment.
And speaking of the First Amendment, the Reporter’s Committee for Freedom of the Press, the organization founded by legendary Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee, issued a statement saying PETA’s efforts to undermine the First Amendment by seeking the identity of my confidential informants who helped corroborate its killing practices “should be alarming for all newsgatherers.” A ruling in the case is expected any day now.
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