- Legislation has been introduced in Virginia that would require people convicted of animal cruelty to have their names and photographs on an animal abuser registry.
- Despite (false) promises that new reforms would end the era of horses dying at the track, three more horses have been killed at Santa Anita in three days, bringing the death toll in the last year to over 40.
- Garden Grove, CA, has passed an ordinance criminalizing compassion by making it illegal to feed community cats or trap them for purposes of sterilization and return.
- In a rebuke to Delta Air Lines which discriminates against dogs they identify as “pit bulls” even when they are certified service animals, the U.S. Dept of Transportation is moving ahead with a regulation that would force Delta to stop doing so.
- It’s been illegal to live with a dog identified as a “pit bull” in Denver, CO, since 1989. But a City Council committee hearing the bill voted unanimously to approve a bill to allow them to be licensed and adopted from local shelters. The bill now goes before the full City Council for a final vote next month.
And finally, a Federal Court this week ruled that a Kansas law making it illegal to film animal abuse on factory farms violates the First Amendment. In the last year, courts have consistently ruled on First Amendment grounds against factory farms, regressive pound managers, others like PETA that also engage in killing, and public officials who try to cover up that killing.
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