Protecting animals from cruelty, the NYC pound alters computer records, legislation pending in New Jersey would be a death sentence for animals, the end of BSL, the 153rd anniversary of the founding of the first humane society in North America, and protecting Long Beach animals from PETA.
In case you missed it:
- Are states finally starting to take animal cruelty seriously? Indiana just passed a law banning convicted animal abusers from living with animals during their probation or parole. Michigan recently passed a ban of up to 10 years. And other states are trying to do the same. If HB19-1092 passes in Colorado, anyone convicted of animal cruelty will not be able to live with animals for up to 10 years. South Carolina is debating a lifetime ban. And North Carolina is considering an Animal Abuser Registry.
- With reports that the New York City pound altered computer records to make it appear they killed fewer animals they deemed “treatable,” the No Kill Advocacy Center reminds people to download its free guide on accurately calculating placement rates.
- The end of breed discriminatory legislation is on the horizon, with cities across the country repealing their “pit bull” bans including 24 such cities in Missouri alone. Banning dogs based on how they look is immoral. It is also ineffective.
- This week marked the 153rd anniversary of the founding of the ASPCA, the first humane society in North America by Henry Bergh. Today’s ASPCA would be unrecognizable to Bergh and would hurt him very deeply. We need to reform the ASPCA, as well as the rest of the movement, and reorient both back to Mr. Bergh’s founding vision.
- After years of paltry placement rates, high rates of killing, violating the constitutional rights of animal advocates, and refusal to even adopt out animals to the public, Long Beach officials are finally hosting a community meeting to discuss not only improving rates of lifesaving, but embracing the No Kill philosophy and the programs and services which make it possible. But one thing stands in the way: PETA. PETA has put out an alert asking people to fight No Kill in Long Beach.
And finally, legislation pending in New Jersey would require all dogs to have “a complete behavioral and psychological assessment” that includes “a safety and temperament certification.” That’s a death sentence without making anyone safer as there is not a single temperament test used to evaluate shelter dogs that is reliable in predicting behavior. In fact, the authors of the most comprehensive study to date (analyzing 25 years of research) called for a moratorium on their use. It found that some of the tests were wrong as much as 84% of the time (a combination of poor tests and poor testing practices by pound workers).
The bill also requires “a complete medical examination by a State licensed veterinarian… before the animal is adopted” to certify that the animals does not have a host of conditions, including “loose stools.” Diarrhea is not uncommon due to the stress of the shelter, a change in diet (which all animals face in shelters), or a host of treatable conditions. Although the bill itself does not require killing for “loose stools,” that will be the practical effect in pounds that have not embraced a culture of lifesaving and are looking for excuses to kill animals.
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