In case you missed it:
- Dogs identified as “pit bulls” are welcome again in Gardendale, AL. The city council voted to eliminate its breed ban. It joins other cities which have recently done the same. Banning dogs based on how they look is immoral. It is also ineffective. That’s not just my opinion; it’s science.
- A Florida county went from killing 21,000 cats a year to “about 3,000 because of the Trap, Neuter and Release program.” That’s still thousands too many, but it is moving in the right direction. TNR works.
- A lawsuit has been filed by a local SPCA in California against the owners of pet stores and an Iowa organization for violating the law against selling commercially-bred (i.e., “puppy mill”) animals. California requires pet stores to provide rescue animals only. The lawsuit claims that the two are “laundering” puppies by having the Iowa organization masquerade “as a non-profit animal rescue organization even though it actually acquires purebred and designer puppies that are only a few weeks old from puppy mills… and then conveys those puppies to pet stores for profit.’”
- This week marked the 131st anniversary of the death of the man who launched the humane movement in North America. On March 12, 1888, Henry Bergh, the founder of the first SPCA in the U.S. died. For two decades, Bergh had taken to the streets of New York in order to protect animals.
And finally, the ASPCA is lobbying for animals to die. The ink is not yet dry on New York State shelter reform legislation, the bill doesn’t even have a number yet, and Matt Bershadker, the ASPCA’s CEO, is already spending donor funds to kill it. By contrast, Delaware passed similar legislation in 2010, resulting in placement rates of over 90% of animals. Indeed, the Delaware Office of Animal Welfare, the state agency that oversees Delaware’s shelters, writes that the law “has saved thousands of animals that would have otherwise been euthanized due to outdated policies and practices.” Austin, TX, did the same and places 98% of dogs and 96% of cats. Muncie, IN, passed it and places 99% of animals. The ASPCA is working to ensure that the animals of New York State do not enjoy the same protections, the same care, the same outcomes.
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