All dogs welcome again in Eureka, MO; the Oak Ride, TN, “pound” went from killing 70% to placing 96% (and earning the title of “shelter”); an email from you can save tens of thousands of animals every year in Florida; PETA is trying to stop TNR even though a new study shows it reduces killing by over 80%; Iowa’s Attorney General is trying to shut down a puppy laundering scheme where puppy mill brokers pretend to be rescuers; PG&E is decimating animal habitat and putting public safety at risk in the name of corporate profits; and, my letter to California’s governor, asking him to commute the death sentence of 166,000 innocent animals.
In case you missed it:
- Dogs identified as “pit bulls” are welcome again in Eureka, MO. The city council voted unanimously 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.
- The Oak Ridge, TN, pound once “killed 70 percent of the animals that came in.” The shelter now places 96% of dogs and 94% of cats. Tennessee is on the map!
- Every day, 315 dogs and cats are put to death in a Florida pound. But that can change. If HB 1095, legislation pending in the state, becomes law, tens of thousands of these animals will be saved. But it needs an email from you to get a hearing.
- A new study shows that community cat sterilization programs reduce killing by over 80%. The study adds to a growing body of literature that TNR works. But PETA is still trying to stop cities from implementing it.
- Iowa’s Attorney General says his state “is home to a national ‘puppy laundering’ ring that sells puppy-mill dogs under the ruse of adopting rescue animals.” According to the lawsuit he filed, puppy mills and unscrupulous pet stores are conspiring to violate the ban on selling commercially bred animals in pet stores in California, in Chicago, and potentially elsewhere where bans are in effect by pretending to be rescue groups.
- It is Spring: birds are chirping, squirrels are running around, and the chainsaws are echoing from dawn to dusk as PG&E decimates roughly 400,000 trees — their homes — along 100,000 miles of transmission lines putting those animals at great risk. PG&E could upgrade their shoddy equipment instead — equipment that has killed people, killed animals, burned down homes, and, as they themselves admit, “probably started the deadly Camp Fire” which wiped out an entire town. But it refuses, with those in charge at the company choosing corporate profits above public safety and the environment.
And finally, on behalf of the No Kill Advocacy Center, I wrote Governor Gavin Newsom asking him to help dogs, cats, and other animal companions by abolishing killing in California’s animal shelters. I told him that California kills more animals than any other U.S. state and we don’t have to. It’s uncivilized, it wastes taxpayer dollars, provides no public safety benefit or value, and it is absolute, irreversible, and irreparable. You can add your voice, too.
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