Blaze (pictured here) was “accidentally” killed by a pound when employees put him “in the wrong kennel.” Pigeon Appreciation Day is a reminder that “shelters” are no safe haven for them, too. Hawaii is no paradise for animals, but can be. Most of the world’s meat will no longer come from slaughtered animals. Burger King launches a plant-based whopper. No Kill Day celebrates the achievement of the first No Kill community. The death toll climbs as more horses die at Santa Anita. And Animal Farm Foundation gives voice to a former ASPCA official who wants “shelters” to kill more “behavior” dogs, wants rescuers to stop saving them, and gives people permission to kill their own dogs.
In case you missed it:
- Blaze, a family’s dog, was killed by “mistake” at the Davidson County, NC, pound. According to the county, “the cleaning crew put our dog in the wrong kennel.” In other words, they confused the dog with a different dog they intended to kill. There is no such thing as an “accidental” killing.
- We celebrated Pigeon Appreciation Day. As friendly as dogs and as playful as cats, they, too, face being killed in regressive pounds nationwide.
- Hawaii may be paradise for humans, but it is not for the animals who enter the Island “shelters.” It soon can be. Two islands are looking for someone to run their animal “shelters.”
- A new report says that within two decades, most of the world’s meat will NOT come from slaughtered animals. The impact of these developments on animal welfare cannot be understated, as the raising and killing of animals for food is the greatest cause of human-induced suffering on the planet.
- For the first time in 24 years, I returned to Burger King thanks to the recent launch of a plant-based Whopper. It was delicious.
- Eighteen years ago today, No Kill went from the theoretical to the real with the achievement of the first full-service No Kill community in the U.S. with a lifesaving guarantee not only for dogs and cats, but for rabbits, mice, gerbils, hamsters, and more.
- With two more death last weekend, 29 horses have been killed at Santa Anita race track in California since the end of December — that’s more than one a week. It’s time to ban horse racing in California.
And finally, Animal Farm Foundation’s recent podcast interviewing a former ASPCA “Director of Animal Behavior” and euphemistically entitled “We Need to Talk About Behavior Euthanasia” is, without a doubt, the single worst commentary on sheltering in ages. The guest called for “shelters” to kill more “behavior” dogs, said rescuers should stop saving them, and gave people permission to kill their own dogs. AFF hosts either agreed with the guest or failed to challenge her. I was not the only one to express “horror.”
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