The Garfield, NJ, city council recently passed an inhumane local law making it illegal to feed or care for community cats. The laws opts for rounding them up and killing them at the pound.

Garfield, NJ, passed an inhumane local law making it illegal to feed or care for community cats. You can deduct expenses off your taxes for volunteering, fostering, and rescuing animals. The National Rifle Association is blocking a vote on SB 650 to ban the perpetual chaining of dogs in Florida. My article defending dogs from a cruel and racist claim made in a new book that treating them as family perpetuates whiteness and oppresses people of color is the second most read article in Areo Magazine so far this year. The number of communities placing over 95% and as high as 99% of the animals is increasing. And a proposed law in Colorado, to be voted on Monday, calls upon animals to be killed based on their “mental and emotional” state. 

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The number of communities placing over 95% and as high as 99% of the animals is increasing:

These shelters and the data nationally prove that animals are NOT dying in pounds because there are too many or too few homes or people don’t want the animals. They are dying because people in those pounds are killing them. Replace those people, implement the No Kill Equation, and we can be a No Kill nation today.

And finally, a proposed law in Colorado, introduced at the behest of some of the most regressive pounds in the state, calls upon animals to be killed based on an animal’s “mental and emotional” state. Not only is there no objective definition of what constitutes mental suffering and no standards to how it will be applied, it legitimizes the killing of animals based on the animals’ perceived state of mind, giving people unqualified to make such a determination discretion to kill animals based on unenforceable, unknowable, and completely subjective criteria, even when — as is the case more often than not — simply getting the animal out of the pound can resolve any “mental and emotional” concerns. This a real and immediate threat to shy and scared animals, as well as community (“feral”) cats and it is a very dangerous precedent to introduce in the animal control laws of our nation.

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