Buffalo Grove, IL, bans the retail sale of commercially-bred dogs, cats, and rabbits. New York City pound officials say giving rescuers only 18 hours in the middle of the night to save animals is “no big deal,” even as it cost an eight-month old dog her life. It’s time to ban housing discrimination for people whose families include animal companions. Death makes a comeback in Austin. In calling for the killing of all but “the best” dogs, there’s a growing divide between those who want to build a bridge to our No Kill future and those who continue to dig trenches to the past. And California won’t force its pounds to stop killing, but will codify euphemisms that try to gloss over it.
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- Buffalo Grove, IL, joins hundreds of cities nationwide, including neighboring Chicago, and two states — California and Maryland — by banning the retail sale of commercially bred dogs and cats in pet stores. It also went one step further, joining California in banning the retail sales of milled rabbits.
- New York City pound officials claimed that giving rescuers only 18 hours in the middle of the night to save dogs scheduled for killing was “no big deal.” It was a big deal to the woman who tried to save a little dog named April but ran out of time. And it was a big deal to April. She’s dead.
- “A majority of people who are bringing their animals to us and leaving them are doing so for… housing reasons.” It’s time to ban housing discrimination for people whose families include animal companions.
- Without laws that mandate lifesaving and empower rescuers, death makes a comeback. In Austin, it cost dozens of cats their lives.
- Someone has to do something about the pound killing of animals in your community. That someone is you.
- “And homeless near a thousand homes I stood.” A guide empowers activists to break the chains by banning continuous tethering.
- There’s a growing divide between the voices of progress and compassion who want to build a bridge to our No Kill future and those who continue to dig trenches to the past. The latest is a call in an Animal Farm Foundation podcast to kill all but “the best” dogs.
- If history is any guide, any shelter in any community with a can-do attitude and the right approach can end the killing.
And finally, the heads of some of the most regressive pounds in California succeeded in changing California law to replace the word pound with “shelter” which they say creates a “negative stigma.” They previously changed the word kill to “euthanize.” Our government has more important things to do than make these poundmasters feel better about the killing that they do, like forcing them to stop killing.
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