In case you missed it:
- This year, a new law went into effect in California banning the pet store sale of commercially bred dogs, cats, and rabbits across the state. In order to continue offering animals, pet stores have to partner with rescue organizations or shelters. A new investigation, however, finds that unscrupulous pet store owners may be violating the law by colluding with puppy mills to create “non-profit organizations” that act as intermediaries between puppy mills and the pet store. The source of the puppies doesn’t change, the amount charged for the puppies doesn’t change, the profit to be made doesn’t change, and most important of all, the neglect and abuse of the mothers in those mills doesn’t change. The only thing that changes is the terminology: they call it an adoption, instead of a sale. Animal advocates are fighting back.
- If you live in California, Florida, New Jersey, or Texas (and soon New York), your voice is needed to protect animals from neglect, abuse, and/or killing. Legislation in those states would ban convenience killing, mandate adoption of animals in research, empower judges to protect animals from abuse, and more.
- Speaking of laws, 21 horses have been killed at Santa Anita race track in California since the end of December — that’s about one every three days. It’s time to ban horse racing.
- Last week, Laura Lee Cascada, a former PETA fieldworker, became the latest whistleblower to bring to light her indoctrination into a “cult-like” culture of killing at PETA; a culture she describes as “terrifying.” This video, part of my ongoing investigative journalism into PETA’s killing, summarizes Cascada’s account, placing her experiences into historical context. The voice and photographs are a recreation. The words are Laura’s.
- Oklahoma is officially on the map! Norman, OK, is the first community in the 90% Club, an important milestone on the road to No Kill. It reported a 92% placement rate for dogs and 93% for cats.
- Brown County, IN, is in the 90% Club! For dogs, 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 99% placement rate for dogs and 97% for cats.
- It is not alone. Fulton County, IN, 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 99% placement rate for dogs and 94% for cats.
- When a mayor says that a community cannot financially afford No Kill, the No Kill Advocacy Center responds with dollars and sense.
And on a personal note, my daughter is currently opting out of dissection in her college anatomy and physiology class on ethical grounds. The students are cutting apart baby pigs. It took some negotiation with her professor who was initially disinclined to allow an opt out, but they worked out an arrangement. As she explained to her prof, she was raised vegan, has remained so, and even as an independent adult living across the country from her family, adheres to a strict code of nonviolence. Cutting up a piglet is not an activity she can engage in. The professor agreed. It’s not only time to ban dissection, it is also time to take pigs off menu.
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