The No Kill Advocacy Center has model legislation to ban continuous chaining of dogs. A new Connecticut law results in courts taking animal abuse cases more seriously. Dogs identified as “pit bulls” are welcome again in Kennewick, WA. If legislation soon to be introduced in Florida becomes law, killing animals in the face of a rescue alternative will be illegal. Another horse has been killed at Santa Anita. In addition to thousands of horses being killed on the racetrack across the U.S., thousands more go from the track to the slaughterhouse and end up on dinner plates in Europe and Asia. The Mayor’s Alliance of New York City has falsely announced that the City is No Kill. Seoul, the largest city in South Korea and the nation’s capital, is free of dog slaughterhouses. A speech-language pathologist has created a device that allows her dog to tell her exactly what she wants. And finally, with Wendy’s new Plantiful Burger launch in Canada, all major fast food outlets have or are testing plant-based options.
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- Dogs offer people undying loyalty and unconditional love. In return, they ask for nothing more than a sense of belonging. Yet to banish a dog permanently to a chain is a betrayal of what should be a loving pact. And that is no way to treat man’s best friend. The No Kill Advocacy Center has model legislation to ban continuous chaining of dogs.
- Prior to passage of Desmond’s Law, 99.5% of people charged with animal cruelty faced little to no legal consequences in Connecticut. No more. The law allows courts to appoint an attorney to represent the animal in those cases. Since passage, “The courts are taking animal cruelty much more seriously. There is no ‘get out of jail free’ card anymore.”
- Dogs identified as “pit bulls” are welcome again in Kennewick, WA. The City repealed its prior ban.
- Killing animals in the face of a rescue alternative should be illegal. The No Kill Advocacy and I have helped pass such a law in California, in Muncie, IN, and in Austin, TX. We’re working on legislation to do the same in Florida and elsewhere.
- Another horse has been killed at Santa Anita. That’s 5 horses in 5 weeks of the new “racing season” and 37 killings since December, despite (false) promises that new reforms would end the era of horses dying at the track.
- In addition to thousands of horses being killed on the racetrack, thousands more go from the track to the slaughterhouse and end up on dinner plates in Europe and Asia.
- The Mayor’s Alliance of New York City — an organization that has no connection to the Mayor — has announced it “accomplished its mission to make NYC a no-kill city.” It is a lie. Calling NYC a “no-kill city” is tantamount to fraud.
- Seoul, the largest city in South Korea and the nation’s capital, is “free of dog slaughter” following the closing of the 11 remaining “dog slaughter operations.”
- “Happy ball want outside.” A speech-language pathologist has created a device that allows her dog to tell her exactly what she wants: food, nap, belly rub, walk, park, beach, or it would make me happy if we played ball outside.
And finally, the success of Burger King’s plant-based Impossible Whopper has not gone unnoticed. Virtually all major fast food outlets look set to have plant-based options now or in the near future, including McDonald’s, Carl’s Jr., KFC, Del Taco, Taco Bell, Red Robin, Bareburger, White Castle, Chipotle, Habit Burger, Shake Shack, Qdoba, and more. As KFC noted when it test marketed “Kentucky fried plant-based chicken,” people have been demanding it from fast food restaurants and those restaurants “have been happy to oblige, and pleased with the results.” Even Disneyland has announced 400 new vegan options at the Magic Kingdom. Until recently, the one holdout appeared to be Wendy’s, but executives at the company have apparently read the writing on the wall. They have just launched a plant-based burger called the Plantiful in some Canadian locations, often a precursor to a U.S. rollout.
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