- Colorado lawmakers are considering a bill to ban the retail sale of commercially-bred animals in pet stores, following successful bans in California and Maryland.
- Kitbull, Pixar’s masterpiece about a feral kitten and chained dog, was nominated this week for an academy award.
- Dogs identified as “pit bulls” may soon be welcome again in Denver. A Councilmember says he believes he has the votes “to phase in legal pit bull ownership through a breed-specific license program” which would also allow them to be adopted from shelters.
- The New Jersey Senate unanimously passed legislation to allow courts to “order an advocate to be appointed to represent the best interests of, and seek justice for, an animal” in “any proceeding regarding the welfare or custody of an animal.” The bill now heads to the Assembly for consideration.
- A tribunal in England has recognized “ethical veganism” as a protected class against employment discrimination. By contrast, American courts have specifically rejected such rights.
- Communities are reporting their 2019 statistics and the numbers, in many of those, are looking better than ever. The shelter that serves Charlottesville, VA, for example, reports a placement rate of 97%, the highest it’s ever been, proving that the No Kill Equation works.
And finally, new legislation introduced in Virginia once again seeks to put PETA and other pet slaughterhouses in the state out of the killing business. Senate Bill 304 would require “shelters” in Virginia to maintain a minimum 50% placement rate or lose their ability to “purchase, possess, or administer” sodium pentobarbital, the barbiturate PETA and others use to kill animals.
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