PetSmart Charities promotes a dystopian future where killing is the norm; a bill to curtail low cost sterilizations in Texas goes down to defeat; an Alabama bill that protects cruelty in puppy mills needs to meet the same fate but tragically looks likely to pass; two communities — one in Texas and one in Tennessee — join the 90% club; Liberty, MO, becomes the 24th city in the state to repeal their breed discriminatory law; people are spending more than ever before to care for their animals; a dog adopted to an abuser highlights the need for an “Animal Abuser Registry” in every state; a Canadian biotech company successfully creates a cat food made from “cultured meat” without killing; and, Pueblo, CO, back peddles on a lifesaving initiative while other cities move aggressively in the other direction.
In case you missed it:
- Despite being called “The Future of Animal Welfare,” PetSmart Charities is promoting a dystopian vision for animal sheltering that harkens back to the days when killing was central, especially of dogs they falsely claim “no one wants” and call “blocky-headed whatevers” (but which most people label “pit bulls”). Here’s why they are wrong on all counts.
- A bill in Texas — which was being promoted by private veterinarians putting perceived profits over pets — would have limited the availability of low-cost sterilizations, vaccinations, and other wellness programs, including heartworm prevention and treatment. And that would have meant higher pound intakes, more disease, more suffering, and more deaths in Texas pounds, Texas homes, and Texas communities. Thankfully, the bill was tabled due to an outpouring of opposition.
- After two cities in Alabama banned the retail sale of commercially bred animals in pet stores, State Sen. David Sessions introduced a bill on behalf of puppy mills to void those laws and prevent other cities from doing the same. SB 183 would protect the profits of puppy mills at the expense of the dogs who are subjected to systematic neglect and cruelty.
- Pflugerville, TX, is a member of the most exclusive club in the No Kill movement: municipal shelters placing 99% of the animals or better. The City shelter reported a 99% placement rate for dogs, 99% for cats, and 100% for rabbits.
- Oak Ride, TN, is nipping at their heels, as part of the 90% Club, an important milestone on the road to No Kill. The City shelter reported a 95% placement rate for dogs and 93% for cats.
- Dogs identified as “pit bulls” are welcome again in Liberty, MO. Residents voted to eliminate the breed ban, becoming the 24th city in the state to do so.
- A new report shows that while people are spending more than ever on caring for their animal companions, fewer people are buying animals and adopting more. As a result, shelter deaths fell to below two million across the U.S. for the first time (as low as 1.5 million by some estimates).
- Tragically, a Missouri humane society adopted out a dog to an abuser with a history of multiple and violent felonies. It should not have happened. And it can be prevented by passing an “Animal Abuser Registry” in every state.
- A Canadian biotech company has announced it successfully created a cat food made from “cultured meat.” It is made from a one time draw of stem cells. The stem cells are then replicated in a laboratory and grown in an animal-free medium to produce real meat from animals without killing. It is not just similar to meat; it is meat.
And finally, after an incompetent contractor allowed 14 dogs to die in the shelter and state regulators stepped in, Pueblo, CO, officials threaten to repeal a law that mandated a 90% placement rate even though that law had nothing to do with the deaths. Meanwhile, most communities are moving in the other direction. The Austin, TX, City Council, for example, voted unanimously on a resolution to increase its minimum placement rate from 90% which it set in 2010 in favor of a 95% minimum placement rate in its city shelter. In fact, the City Council was talked down from a resolution embracing a 99% placement rate consistent with the success of Austin itself, which surpassed 95% in 2016 and achieved a 98% placement rate in 2018. And they are not the only ones.
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