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.
In case you missed it:
- Despite the fact that he flew to his destination with no problems and is “very well trained and well mannered and gets along with everybody,” Delta Air Lines would not let a man’s support dog fly home with him because of their breed discriminatory policy, threatening to strand them at the airport.
- To protect animals and save more lives, Maryland’s ban on the retail sale of commercially-bred animals in pet stores took effect on Jan. 1. Now, a Maryland legislator wants to reform “shelters,” too, making sure they live up to their responsibility of doing right by the animals in their care and custody.
- Half of Nebraska’s commercial dog and cat breeders have gone out of business. It is a trend that can continue, accelerate, and be replicated elsewhere.
- An op-ed in the Los Angeles Times says that, “U.S. cities are overrun with feral cats.” It is dead wrong.
- At the NYC pound, being an older dog is a death sentence. Other dogs and cats aren’t spared the needle either.
- 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. Seven months later, the ASPCA refuses to say whether such an investigation was conducted and, if it was, what it uncovered and whether any changes were made to prevent it from happening again.
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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