The Austrlian government’s decision to kill Joe the Pigeon resulted in worldwide condemnation. They have now reversed course.

Champaign County, IL, Animal Control has announced changes to procedures after a woman was told that Dada, her missing dog, was at the facility, but “the euthanasia technician didn’t get the message, and Dada was put down…” Dogs identified as “pit bulls” are welcome again in Aurora, CO. We may be on the verge of a crisis as almost 20 million dogs and cats live in a home that is not current on their rent or mortgage payment. A rescue rights law in California led to a 700% increase in rescue lifesaving. United Airlines joins Delta Air Lines in announcing that it will no longer ban service dogs based on the dog’s alleged “breed.” Major, the pup adopted by President-elect Joe Biden, is the first shelter adopted dog who will occupy the White House and he is getting his own inauguration. The number of dogs who have been killed by tainted Sportmix pet food is now at least 70 and the number of dogs who have been sickened by it is over 80. We veganized a recipe for “breakies” (half-bread/half-cookie) created by Google A.I. And Australia wanted to kill Joe the Pigeon because they claimed he was “non-native,” then reversed course when they thought he was. It shouldn’t matter either way.

In case you missed it:

– Champaign County, IL, Animal Control has announced changes to procedures after a woman was told that Dada, her missing dog, was at the facility, but “the euthanasia technician didn’t get the message, and Dada was put down…” The changes don’t go far enough.

– Out of the shadows and into the sun. Dogs identified as “pit bulls” are welcome again in Aurora, CO. The City Council repealed its ban.

– Almost 20 million dogs and cats live in a home that is not current on their rent or mortgage payments according to a recent survey. And with a moratorium on eviction set to expire at the end of this month, we may be on the verge of a crisis.

– Since passing a rescue rights law, the number of animals transferred to rescue groups in California rather than killed went from 12,526 animals a year to 99,783 — a nearly 700% increase.

– United Airlines joins Delta Air Lines in announcing that it will no longer ban service dogs based on the dog’s alleged “breed.” This was not a voluntary decision. Both were forced to do so. And while that is good news, it does not go far enough.

– Major, the pup adopted by President-elect Joe Biden, is the first shelter adopted dog who will occupy the White House. And he is getting his own inauguration on January 17.

– The number of dogs who have been killed by tainted Sportmix pet food is now at least 70 and the number of dogs who have been sickened by it is over 80. And per the FDA, “Reports submitted only to the pet food manufacturer are not shared with FDA and are not a part of this count.”

– Breakies look like cookies, but they have the fluffy consistency of muffins. The recipe was generated by Google artificial intelligence. We veganized them.

And, finally, after a Melbourne man found a dehydrated, hungry pigeon he named Joe, Australian officials announced their intent to kill Joe because he was thought to be “non-native.” Although people from all over the world pleaded with officials to spare him, “Acting Prime Minister Michael McCormack showed no mercy… ‘If Joe has come in a way that has not met out strict biosecurity measures, then bad luck, Joe. Either fly home or face the consequences.’” But thankfully Joe is being spared after officials admitted their error and “concluded that Joe the Pigeon is highly likely to be Australian.” It shouldn’t matter. Killing Joe would have been violent and cruel. It would have been unethical. It would have been hypocritical. And it would have been unscientific. Nativism/Invasion Biology is not science. It’s philosophy — and a particular violent one at that. In the neighborhood of bad ideas, it is one of the most ramshackle houses on the street.

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