Jacksonville falls out of the 90% Club. Coming off its best year ever, Austin looks for new leadership. “See something; Say Something” may soon be the law in Ohio regarding animal cruelty. Michigan may mandate adoption for dogs and cats used in research. No Kill becomes a political campaign issue in Amarillo, TX. Why PETA’s “no birth” nation mantra is deceptive. Rhetoric vs. reality for South Bend dogs and cats under Mayor Buttigieg. A half dozen states are vying to follow the lead of California and Maryland by ending the sale of commercially-bred dogs and cats in pet stores. A Gotcha Day celebration for three rescued fish. And The New York Times promotes a hypocritical, cruel celebration of cat killing in Australia.
In case you missed it:
- It is not often that a community in the 90% club falls out of it, but Jacksonville, FL, managed to do it, placing only 86% of dogs and 87% of cats in 2018. Why? Its own programs are not very well developed because the agency relies on others to do the heavy lifting.
- Do you have what it takes to save lives? Austin, TX, is looking for someone to run their animal shelter. In 2018, Austin Animal Services placed 99% of dogs and 96% of cats.
- When it comes to suspected animal abuse, if you see something, you have to say something. That would be the law if a bill introduced in Ohio passes. It is designed to stop veterinarians, social workers & others from looking the other way.
- “Most animals used in research end up being [killed…] once the testing period is over…” But that will change if legislation recently introduced in Michigan passes and is signed into law. “Under the proposal, facilities would have to give dogs and cats… to Michigan-based animal shelters that would adopt them out.” The legislation comes amid a scandal in Michigan when undercover video showed vivisectors at Charles River Laboratories in Mattawan, MI, force-feeding fungicides to beagles on behalf of DowDuPont.
- A candidate for the Amarillo City Council wants to stop the killing. She published an op-ed in support of making the city a No Kill community and argues that, “Those who are opposed to making the change are not looking at the bigger picture, are failing to show compassion or simply do not know the facts.” She’s right.
- PETA recently argued in Long Beach, as they have elsewhere, against shelter reform and the pursuit of a No Kill city. They claimed that the only goal worth pursuing is a “no birth” nation. Here’s why that argument is simply not true and what is behind the deceptive claim.
- When it comes to his city’s most vulnerable dogs and cats, the reality doesn’t match Mayor Pete Buttigieg’s rhetoric about his rehabilitation of South Bend, IN. I wrote the Mayor about making South Bend a No Kill community and received a three-sentence form letter in response. In addition, he removed all shelter statistics from the website.
- Two states — California and Maryland — have banned the retail sale of commercially-bred dogs and cats (and, in CA, rabbits) in pet stores. A half dozen states are vying to be the third.
- Gotcha! We celebrate Gotcha Day for three fish. Although many “people still refuse to believe that fish, including invertebrates, are sentient beings, prefer to maintain an out of sight, out of mind sort of attitude, or ignore the inhumane treatment and capture of the target, and nontarget animals… they are individual beings whose lives have intrinsic value apart from any utilitarian value they might have for us.”
And finally, The New York Times is cheerleading an Australian slaughter of up to 2,000,000 cats by peddling it as a scientifically-based public policy worth pursuing, dismissing the concerns of ethical people all over the world as misguided and “emotional.” They got it backwards. The piece, replete with photos of cats being gutted, is a cruel, hypocritical celebration of mindless killing.
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