Legislation introduced in Ohio would require anyone convicted of animal cruelty to register with the Attorney General’s Office. Hamilton County, NJ, officials are being prosecuted; they killed over 300 animals over a two year period in violation of state law. The Maryland Court of Appeals has given animal lovers a powerful new tool to reform their local pounds. Lincoln County and Polk County are part of the 90% Club, putting North Carolina on the map. As home ownership declines and renting increases, it’s time to make landlord pet restrictions illegal. Red Robin is now offering a delicious plant-based burger to go with those bottomless fries and sodas, an iconic American meal without the cruelty. Nativists in Australia are citing PETA — which has long argued against TNR — in their support of the government’s decision to kill 2,000,000 “feral” cats as PETA . In fact, PETA itself is using donations sent to them to save animals to instead round-up healthy kittens to be killed. Among the dead are eight week old kittens, 11 week old kittens, 13 week old kittens, six month old kittens, seven month old kittens, eight month old kittens, and 1 year old juveniles.
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- Legislation introduced in Ohio would require anyone convicted of animal cruelty to register with the Attorney General’s Office and that information would be made available publicly, including to shelters and rescue groups. By knowing the right lies to tell and which truths to omit, convicted animal abusers can potentially acquire animals from those who lack access to valuable information that would help them make better, more informed choices. This law would strip abusers of this advantage with nothing more than a few strokes of a keyboard.
- Hamilton County, NJ, officials killed over 300 animals over a two year period in violation of state law. In a first of its kind, two of those officials are facing animal cruelty charges and felony misconduct charges that can land them in prison for at least five years.
- The Maryland Court of Appeals has given animal lovers a powerful new tool to reform their local pounds. It ruled that taxpayers can sue local pounds for misuse of public funds because taxpayers are “reasonably entitled to a sound and careful use of [those] funds.” The new court ruling gives reformers a mechanism to make sure that government uses taxpayer funds to save — rather than end — the lives of animals.
- In 2012, Lincoln County, NC, was killing 63% of all animals who entered its pound. In 2018, Lincoln County Animal Services reported a 95% placement rate for dogs, 95% for cats, and 100% for other animals.
- Likewise, Polk County, NC, is a member of the 90% Club, an important milestone on the road to No Kill. The shelter placed 97% of dogs and 97% of cats.
- More people are renting than ever before, a trend that is likely to continue and even grow, as housing costs increase and wages remain relatively stagnant. In addition to younger generations who cannot afford a home, animals are paying the price. A Columbia Law Review article finds that landlord-imposed pet restrictions in the United States are widespread. It’s time to make those restrictions illegal.
- Red Robin recently started selling the Impossible Burger, a plant-based burger that is reputed to match the taste, texture, look (it “bleeds”), and mouth feel of cow’s meat. And so while Jennifer and I have both been vegan for nearly three decades, we were able to go to a traditional diner, at a traditional mall, and order a hamburger, fries, and a soda — an iconic American meal — just like everyone else. And I must say, the meal was outstanding.
- Nativists in Australia are citing PETA in their support of the government’s decision to kill 2,000,000 cats. PETA not only argues that community cats should be killed, they round them up to kill, too (as discussed below). Although the methods being used to kill cats in Australia and those used by PETA are different, the end is the same — the goal of annihilation and the violation of the most basic and fundamental right of sentient beings to live and to be free of fear and suffering.
And speaking of PETA, according to records obtained under the Public Records Act, the vast majority of kittens rounded up by PETA employees in 2018 and delivered to the Norfolk, VA, pound — nearly seven out of 10 killed — were killed in less than 60 seconds of being impounded, with no effort to foster them or find them homes. Among the dead are eight week old kittens, 11 week old kittens, 13 week old kittens, six month old kittens, seven month old kittens, eight month old kittens, and 1 year old juveniles. Some of the cats killed were pregnant, resulting in the deaths of the kittens in utero from anoxia (oxygen deprivation) once the mothers were killed. They suffocated. Since none of these kittens were counted in statistics, the death toll is even higher.
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