On the upside: New York has become the first state in the country to make the declawing of cats illegal. Wayne, West Milford, and Perth Amboy, NJ, are members of the 90% Club. And a squirrel demands his nuts.
On the downside: St. Louis County officials boasted of lower kill rates, but it was based on a lie. The New York City pound causes the brutal death of a dog. And Montgomery’s “humane” society illegally kills a family’s dog.
Finally, why both the data nationally and hundreds of communities conclusively prove that “shelter” killing is a choice.
In case you missed it:
- New York has become the first state in the country to make the declawing of cats illegal to “ensure that animals are no longer subjected to these inhumane and unnecessary procedures.” Massachusetts hopes to become the second state to do so.
- Wayne, NJ, is a member of the 90% Club. It reported a placement rate of 96% for cats, 98% for dogs, and 100% for other animals.
- Likewise, West Milford, NJ, reported a placement rate of 97% for cats, 93% for dogs, and 100% for other animals.
- And Perth Amboy, NJ, reported a placement rate of 98% for cats, 96% for dogs, and 100% for other animals.
In other stories:
- St. Louis County officials boasted of lower kill-rates, but it was based on a lie. They required everyone surrendering an animal to check the “ORE” (Owner Requested Euthanasia) box, but didn’t tell anyone what it meant, even when people specifically asked if St. Louis County would kill their animal. And after killing them, they excluded all OREs “from statistics reported to the county’s Animal Care & Control Advisory Board…”
- The New York City pound caused the brutal death of a dog by transporting him on the hottest weekend in a decade, in direct sunlight, and without adequate air conditioning and ventilation. According to a news report, Don “had been ‘in distress’ before his death because the cage was covered in feces and his mouth was ‘wide open like an alligator.’”
- Not only do we have a duty to protect wildlife, to protect their habitat, and to assist them when they are injured, but we have an affirmative obligation to try to make their lives better.
- A pound picked up a family’s dog who escaped his house. When the family arrived to pick Vinnie up within hours of being picked up, he was already dead despite a five day mandatory hold period. The pound calls it a “mistake,” but this is a misnomer. There are no “accidental” killings.
And finally, animals are not dying in “shelters” because there are too many or because there are too few homes or because people don’t want the kinds of animals in those “shelters.” They are dying for one reason: because people in “shelters” are killing them. Replace those people, implement the proven programs and services of the No Kill Equation, and we can be a No Kill nation today.
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