Delta Air Lines turns away a dog (pictured above) who is “very well trained and well mannered and gets along with everybody” because of the way he looks. Maryland’s ban on the retail sale of commercially-bred dogs and cats in pet stores becomes law, as legislation to reform shelters and thus protect more lives is introduced. Half of Nebraska’s commercial dog and cat breeders have gone out of business. Although it is not true, an opinion piece in the Los Angeles Times says that U.S. cities are overrun with feral cats. The New York City pound claims to be No Kill despite a large number of deaths, especially of senior dogs. The ASPCA reluctantly promised to investigate itself after it was leaked to the press that 20 dogs died in its custody when it cut corners during transport, yet it refuses to say whether it did the investigation or what any investigation showed. And finally, a lobbyist for industries that profit off animals is calling for more commercial breeding, claiming a nationwide dog shortage. His claim is not only false, it’s pernicious.

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And finally, the author of an article in Today’s Veterinary Business entitled “The dog shortage is real,” is claiming a nationwide dog shortage of millions of dogs, arguing that animal shelters (and rescuers) cannot meet demand, and intimating that remaining shelter dogs are not “family dogs.” The author of the piece — a lobbyist for industries that profit off animals, such as pharmaceuticals, veterinarians, and pet food companies — says that only an increase of commercial breeding can address this fictional crisis. Not only is it not true, arguing such is grossly immoral.

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