Even though India has “the world’s strictest lockdown,” feeding street dogs is deemed an “essential service.” Under new legislation, Kentucky finally allows veterinarians to report suspected abuse. Horse racing resumed at Santa Anita after the Los Angeles County Health Department lifted its pandemic ban, meaning horses will once again die in greater numbers. Shelters across the country “have placed record numbers of dogs, cats and other animals” and many are finding themselves empty for the first time in their history. And finally, as slaughterhouses close due to the pandemic, every day, thousands of animals are killed by being shot or suffocated with foam and their bodies either shredded in wood chippers or thrown in the trash.

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Shelters across the country are embracing ingenuity, a “can do” attitude, and technology to save the animals, while also protecting the public and shelter workers during the pandemic. And thanks to an overwhelming response by the public, these shelters say “they have placed record numbers of dogs, cats and other animals” and many are finding themselves empty for the first time in their history. For example:

Shelters do not have to kill animals now. They don’t have to close their doors. They don’t have to turn animals away. They don’t have to abandon their mission. And they don’t have to kill animals should some of them be returned after the crisis is over. Indeed, they never did.

And finally, as slaughterhouses close due to the pandemic, every day, thousands of thinking, feeling pigs are being killed and then simply thrown away: their bodies shredded in wood chippers and spread along the countryside. Also being killed and thrown in the trash are chickens and other animals. Newspapers are calling it “euthanasia,” but that is a misnomer as the animals are not being killed either for reasons of mercy or painlessly. They are either shot or suffocated with foam. 

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