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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- Even though India has “the world’s strictest lockdown,” people who feed “streeties” (a term of endearment for street dogs) are some of the few allowed to go out. The Animal Welfare Board of India declared that feeding stray and community animals is an “essential service.” Some U.S. states have done the same.
- Until now, Kentucky was the only state in the country that prohibited veterinarians from reporting suspected animal abuse. Under new legislation, Kentucky has finally joined every other state in allowing them to do so. But there are limits and animals in Kentucky’s abusive pounds will continue to suffer.
- Horse racing resumed at Santa Anita after the Los Angeles County Health Department lifted its pandemic ban. That means horses will once again die in greater numbers. Roughly 50 horses die or are killed at Santa Anita every year.
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:
- “The COVID-19 pandemic has closed businesses across Arkansas, but animal shelters are still committed to finding homes for pets… [with] the adoption process… carried out online”.
- In Connecticut, animal shelters “have been placing dogs and cats in new homes at an unprecedented rate”.
- “As is the case across the country, the Daviess County Animal Shelter [in Kentucky] has seen a sharp decline in the number of animals they are currently housing… [T]he number of animals at the shelter can be counted on one hand right now”.
- Likewise, Warren County, OH, “has seen a significant shortage of animals due to pet adoption skyrocketing,” so they are reaching out to shelters in various states to “take animals off their hands”.
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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