Despite the fact that he flew to his destination with no problems and is “very well trained and well mannered and gets along with everybody,” Delta Air Lines earlier this year would not let a man’s support dog fly home with him because of their breed discriminatory policy, threatening to strand them at the airport.

“Cultured meat, produced in bioreactors without the slaughter of an animal, has been approved for sale by a regulatory authority for the first time.” Greyhound racing comes to an end in Florida; horse racing may not be far behind. Delta and other airlines will not be allowed to ban service animals based on alleged “breed.” Michigan is poised to become the 22nd state to ban BSL. Over 1,000,000 animals in shelters will find “Homes 4 for the Holidays” this year. “A Chicago alderman who long championed the city’s anti-puppy mill ordinance has reversed his position… after he received donations from a… store owner whose business sells primarily purebred and designer dogs.” More than one out of every four people who share their homes with an animal had difficulty getting needed veterinary care because of its high cost. And, finally, a Federal Appeals Court ruled this week that a Texas law prohibiting veterinarians from giving online advice without a physical examination of the animal may violate a veterinarian’s First Amendment rights; a ruling which can help millions of animals.

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And, finally, a Federal Appeals Court ruled this week that a Texas law prohibiting veterinarians from giving online advice without a physical examination of the animal may violate a veterinarian’s First Amendment rights. The ruling could potentially lead to a massive growth in veterinary telehealth appointments, expanding access to care for animals across the country and globe; expanding access to care for pets living with people of limited financial means by reducing costs for such care; allowing shelters to reduce the number of animals who are surrendered because of medical concerns by helping people resolve those concerns in a cost-effective way; and, improving the care of animals already in the shelter by expanding access for small to medium shelters who do not have onsite veterinarians. In other words, millions of animals stand to benefit.

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