KFC test markets a plant-based bucket of “chicken” and sells out in five hours. Maricopa County, AZ, volunteers are fired for trying to help dogs. Pet stores file a lawsuit to stop Maryland from banning the sale of commercially-bred dogs and cats. It’s the birthday of Henry Bergh, the founder of the first SPCA and forefather of the humane movement in America. Los Angeles publishes a draft environmental impact report to sterilize, rather than kill, community cats. And a look at some of the key programs of the only model that has achieved No Kill success throughout the U.S.: the No Kill Equation.
In case you missed it:
- KFC test marketed a plant-based bucket of “chicken” at one location in Georgia. The store opened to long lines that stretched for blocks and sold out in five hours.
- Just days after Maricopa County, AZ, volunteer photos showing excessive heat in the pound were made public, those volunteers were fired. Retaliation is illegal under the First Amendment.
- Pet stores and out of state commercial breeders have filed a lawsuit in a bid to stop a Maryland law banning the sale of commercially-bred dogs and cats in pet stores from taking effect.
- Happy birthday to the late Henry Bergh, one of the first Americans to begin weaving the ideals of animal protection into our jurisprudence, the American psyche, and the fabric of American life.
- The City of Los Angeles has published a draft environmental impact report in a bid to dissolve a court injunction preventing it from sterilizing, rather than killing, community cats.
And finally, the No Kill Advocacy Center has been highlighting the programs and services of the No Kill Equation all week. The No Kill Equation is the only model of sheltering that has successfully created No Kill communities throughout the country. Specifically, they highlighted:
- All the ways volunteers help save lives, noting that any “shelter that turns its back on volunteers is turning its back on the animals.”
- The different kinds of animals who can be helped by a foster program, including those needing hospice care.
- How communities have reduced owner surrenders by a whopping 59% through a pet retention program (when people agreed to try and resolve the challenges they were facing).
- How mandating partnerships with rescue groups increases the number of animals saved by shelters. In California, that means over 87,000 additional animals per year.
- The three ways shelters can reduce intakes, with a focus on proactive redemption programs that have tripled stray dog reclaims and increased as much as 20-fold the number of stray cats who get back home.
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P.S. Join me Sunday at 1 pm PT/4 pm ET on KSCO radio at ksco.com. I will be interviewed about the success of the No Kill revolution in America. In the 1970s, some 17 million animals were killed in pounds annually. Today, about 1.5 million are killed. That’s roughly a 90% drop in killing, despite a doubling of the number of animal companions. Its been called “the single biggest success of the modern animal protection movement.” I’ll talk about how it happened and what the future holds.
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