The number of animals hit by cars has plummeted during the pandemic. The first community in Cambodia bans dog eating. Austin and Los Angeles turn their back on animals. West Virginia police pay $150,000 to a woman who was arrested after she stopped a police officer from killing her dog. A number of New Jersey communities place over 95% of the animals. And finally, regressive pounds and their national allies are trying to gain the power to immediately kill animals they claim are “mentally suffering.”
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- A U.C. Davis study of “traffic and collision data” found that “wildlife-vehicle conflict” dropped as much as 56% during the first few months of the pandemic.
- Calling them “loyal pets,” a Cambodian province has become the first in that country to ban the slaughter and eating of dogs. It is part of a growing trend across Asia and the rest of the world.
- Austin, TX, turns its back on animals as staff tell people who find lost dogs to release them in the street. A plan by the director of the pound to make the policy permanent was scrapped after it resulted in public condemnation.
- Similarly, a cat was abandoned in the parking lot of the Los Angeles City pound because the shelter is refusing intakes of (even stray) animals. Despite rescuers being told they need a permit to trap, will not be given a permit, and cannot even provide food or water, the cat was rescued by a private individual at personal expense; while the animal shelter could not be bothered to help the cat despite a $23 million budget.
- West Virginia State Police agreed to pay $150,000 to a woman after knocking her to the ground and arresting her for standing between Buddy, her dog, and a police officer intending to shoot Buddy. Cell phone video proved Buddy was tethered at the time, wagging his tail, and posed no threat.
Additional communities are reporting annual statistics, increasing the number of cities and counties in the 90% Club, an important milestone on the road to No Kill:
- Ewing, NJ, reported a placement rate of 99% for dogs, 99% for cats, and 100% for other animals, making it part of the most exclusive club in the movement — those placing at least 99%.
- Bloomfield, NJ, reported a placement rate of 99% for dogs, 93% for cats, and 100% for other animals.
- East Monmouth County, NJ, reported a placement rate of 98% for dogs, 93% for cats, and 100% for other animals.
- Montclair, NJ, reported a placement rate of 97% for dogs, 92% for cats, and 100% for other animals.
- Perth Amboy, NJ, reported a placement rate of 90% for dogs, 100% for cats, and 100% for other animals.
And finally, the No Kill Advocacy Center is fighting against efforts by regressive pounds and their national allies to gain the power to immediately kill animals they claim are “mentally suffering.” There is no definition of what constitutes mental suffering and no standards to how it will be applied. For the first time anywhere in the U.S., shelters will be allowed to kill animals with no holding period of any kind based on the animals’ perceived state of mind, giving regressive shelter bureaucrats (people unqualified to make such a determination) unlimited discretion to immediately kill animals based on unenforceable, unknowable, and completely subjective criteria. Not only is this a real and immediate threat to shy and scared animals, as well as feral cats, but it is a very dangerous precedent to introduce in the animal control laws of our nation.
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