In case you missed it:
- A bill that would ban declawing of cats, a surgical procedure that is cruel and unnecessary, has started its way through the California legislature. If you live in California, now is the time to make your voice heard.
- Across the country, the Florida Companion Animal Public-Private Partnership Act — written by the No Kill Advocacy Center and sponsored by Representative Barbara Watson and Senator Kevin Rader — would make it illegal for municipal pounds to kill animals when qualified non-profit rescue organizations are ready, willing, and able to save them. Tens of thousands of animals who would otherwise be killed need your support to get it passed.
- A pound’s dishonest claim of being No Kill because it keeps the killing it does at 10% has caused the death of a mother cat and caused great heartache to the woman who thought she was rescuing her. “‘I was concerned for the cat’s life and I wanted to make sure that the cat got to a safe area” so she took the healthy cat to a shelter that follows Best Friends Animal Society’s dishonest definition of “No Kill” which is not No Kill at all.
- Contrary to misstatements made by Amarillo, TX, council members that, “It’s just not financially feasible” to run a municipal No Kill shelter, communities that have achieved lifesaving success have not only done so in a cost-effective manner, they have also reaped an economic windfall as a result.
- Twenty years in prison. That is how long someone in Michigan could spend in prison for “killing or torturing an animal” under new legislation that takes effect next month. That’s an improvement, but there is still more work to do.
- Texas is on the map! Seagoville is in the 90% Club. It is also a member of the most exclusive club in the No Kill movement: municipal shelters placing 99% of the animals or better. The shelter reported a 100% placement rate for cats and 99% for dogs.
- Indiana is also on the map! Porter County reported a 100% placement rate for rabbits and other small animals, 98% for dogs, and 94% for cats.
- Likewise, the municipal shelter in Norman, OK, is reporting increasing lifesaving success: “In 2017, the shelter’s [placement] rate was 92 percent, and that rose to 93 percent in 2018.” They also report that adoptions are up 17% from a year earlier.
- PETA was trending in the news but not for the reasons they should, at least initially. In a tweet, they criticized Google’s decision to honor Steve Irwin, the Australian conservationist, by doing a doodle of him. USA Today and other newspapers expressed faux shock out of all proportion, while ignoring the real story about PETA’s systematic killing of thousands of animals every year.
But then came a breakthrough. A former employee spoke out about her experiences at PETA killing animals and the stifling, cult-like atmosphere that pervades the organization; a culture she described as “terrifying.” Her chilling account includes lying to someone who found a kitten and thought PETA would save her. The kitten was instead put to death:
I responded to a call from a concerned woman who’d found an abandoned days-old kitten under her porch. When I came to pick up the kitten, I had her sign a generic give-up form that spelled out that euthanasia was a possibility. But I was instructed to repeatedly convey that we would do our absolute best, and so that’s what I said, even as the woman described her careful search for an organization she knew would work around the clock to help this tiny being pull through. It was my job to make sure I did not leave without that cat — that I said whatever necessary for the woman not to change her mind.
The entire way back to PETA’s Norfolk, Virginia, headquarters, I sobbed, petting the infant cat in my lap, telling her things would all be OK, even though in my gut I knew it wouldn’t, that she never really had a chance. I even began plotting out how I might take a detour and deliver her to a rehabber instead. But how could I explain a missing kitten to the woman waiting with the needle? I couldn’t, so I complied without a word.
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