One of the nation’s largest companies has gone to the dogs. The top 10 stories of 2019. A first-in-the-nation law to ban housing discrimination for people who live with animal companions. It is never too late to find a loving home. Legislation to ban convenience killing in pounds will soon be introduced in New York. Why so-called “animal protection” groups oppose laws that are currently saving over 60,000 animals a year. Massachusetts bans hunting contests to kill coyotes and other wild animals. And finally, PETA’s lawsuit to bully those who report on their killing (including me) collapses.
In case you missed it:
- Ford — the 11th largest American company — has announced that it is letting employees bring their dogs to work. That will increase the number of dogs adopted.
- In a nationwide first, a new law in Austin, TX, protects unborn shelter puppies and kittens. That is just one of the top 10 stories of 2019.
- Another first-in-the-nation law will soon be introduced to ban housing discrimination for people who live with animal companions: http://bit.ly/34yevjX.
- “For almost two years, potential adopters walked right past her kennel. Bonita watched all the other dogs find forever homes, but it never seemed to be her turn.” Until now. After over 500 days in a shelter, Bonita was adopted.
- Legislation to end convenience killing in pounds will soon be introduced in New York. The ASPCA is already lining up to kill it.
- Likewise, laws to make it illegal for pounds to kill animals when qualified rescue groups are willing to take them are responsible for saving over 60,000 animals a year from certain death. And yet, groups like Best Friends, the ASPCA, HSUS, and Maddie’s Fund oppose them.
- Massachusetts bans hunting contests to kill coyotes and other wild animals.
And finally, in 2017, PETA filed a lawsuit against several reporters and critics of their killing. The lawsuit alleged a grand, paranoid conspiracy to attack PETA. The lawsuit included various “co-conspirators” they claimed were involved, including a family they paid $49,000 in a legal settlement after they were caught taking and illegally killing their dog (Maya); the Accomack County Sheriff’s Office, which arrested the PETA representatives; the Virginia Attorney General’s Office which launched an animal crimes unit in response to the killing of Maya; and various others, including the No Kill Advocacy Center, my organization, and me, the author of a series of articles about PETA’s killing, which culminated in the book, Why PETA Kills.
That case has completed collapsed as PETA has dismissed the lawsuit, spending tens of thousands of dollars of donor funds on attorneys, including one of the largest and most expensive law firms in the country, that achieved exactly nothing. In the end, it was a complete and utter rout. PETA’s baseless, legally inept, scare tactic masquerading as a lawsuit was dismissed without any concessions. Moreover, it broke new ground protecting animals, journalists, and the First Amendment.
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