Maryland, Michigan, and New Jersey are trying to ban declawing. Spokane, WA, passed an ordinance mandating No Kill. The Denver, CO, city council failed to override the Mayor’s veto of a bill that would have allows dogs identified as “pit bulls” to be adopted in the city for the first time in 30 years. Legislation introduced in Colorado would legitimize and protect killing in shelters. Two communities (one in Pennsylvania and one in New Jersey) have embraced community cat sterilization, allowing residents caring for these cats to get them sterilized for free. Legislation introduced in California would finally put an end to an archaic and cruel system of providing blood for dogs who need transfusions. A new study finds that, “Mixed breed dogs lived 1.2 years longer, on average, than size-matched purebred dogs.” A growing number of ethicists say it is wrong to live with pets (hint: they are wrong). And finally, while most states are passing laws to increase protections for animals and build a bridge to our eventual No Kill 21st century, Alabama has introduced the single worst piece of companion animal legislation in modern memory that threatens to turn back the clock to the 19th.
In case you missed it:
- Last year, New York become the first state in the country to make the declawing of cats illegal. Now, other states are trying to do the same, including Maryland, Michigan, and New Jersey.
- The Spokane, WA, City Council passed an ordinance requiring the shelter “to restrict euthanasia to only those cases in which the animal in the care of the facility is found to be in the process of dying or determined by a licensed veterinarian or animal behavioral specialist to suffer from an irremediable prognosis.”
- The Denver City Council fell one vote shy of overriding the Mayor’s veto of a bill that would have welcomed dogs identified as “pit bulls” back into the city for the first time in 30 years and allowed them to be adopted. Instead, these dogs will continue to be killed.
- Following the Mayor’s veto, the Denver Dumb Friends League has the audacity to claim there isn’t a single pound in the state that kills animals. Worse, the organization and its allies have introduced legislation to legitimize the status quo.
- Two communities (one in Pennsylvania and one in New Jersey) have embraced community cat sterilization, allowing residents caring for these cats to get them sterilized for free.
- Legislation introduced in California would finally put an end to an archaic and cruel system of providing blood for dogs who need transfusions. Currently, California is the only state that bans “voluntary” blood donations, relying instead on two “closed colony” blood businesses. In it, these businesses “house hundreds of dogs, mostly greyhounds, for the sole purpose of draining their blood.”
- A new study finds that, “Mixed breed dogs lived 1.2 years longer, on average, than size-matched purebred dogs.” That’s 1.2 more years of waking up with the family they love, going on walks, and playing; another reason to oppose the commercial trade in dogs.
- Is it ethical to keep pets? The answer in a growing number of articles and books by sociologists, philosophers, and ethicists seems to be No. Here’s what they are arguing and why they are wrong.
And finally, while states across the country are passing laws to increase protections for animals, legislation is making its way through the Alabama Senate that will make it harder to prosecute cases of animal abuse, will require the person who reported the abuse to go to jail if the abuse turns out to be unfounded, mandates that “Animals, like productive people, want to work” in puppy mills and other exploitive industries, says the right to run puppy mills and other exploitive industries should be “guaranteed,” voids any local laws that restrict the sale of animals from puppy or kitten mills, when animals are rescued from abuse and the abuser found guilty, requires local SPCAs “to take all the money the donors gave us to care for these animals and to give it to the convicted person to offset their fines,” and more. It is undoubtedly the single worst piece of companion animal legislation in modern memory and threatens to turn the clock back in that state — already woefully behind in terms of animal protection — another century.
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