‘We don’t need it anymore’: A Maine animal shelter dismantles its incinerator. Dogs identified as “pit bulls” are welcome again in South Point, OH. California bans the sale of fur and the use of wild animals in circuses. A woman who sterilized and vaccinated community cats at her own expense is being prosecuted by the City she lives in. A Northeast state may become the first to ban housing discrimination for people who live with an animal companion. This week was the anniversary of PETA’s illegal taking and killing of Maya. We’re finally learning to share public spaces with animals. A California law mandating the right of rescue has saved over 1,000,000 animals. And finally, the City of Austin just passed a sweeping new law to enshrine lifesaving protections into law, including right of rescue.
In case you missed it:
- A Maine animal shelter dismantles its incinerator. “[O]ver the years we’ve really worked on increasing our adoptions, decreasing our euthanasia rate, we’re now less than five percent… We don’t need it.”
- Dogs identified as “pit bulls” are welcome again in South Point, OH, after it rescinded its longstanding ban. Banning dogs based on how they look is immoral. It is also ineffective.
- California has become the third state in the nation to ban the use of wild animals in circuses. It is also the first state to ban the manufacture and sale of fur.
- A 67-year-old woman took it upon herself to sterilize and vaccinate community cats at her own expense over the years. Instead of thanking her, local police are taking her to court.
- The No Kill Advocacy Center has drafted legislation to ban housing discrimination for people who live with an animal companion which will soon be introduced in a Northeast state. If passed, it will be the first in the nation to extend existing protections for children to pets.
- This week was the anniversary of PETA’s illegal taking and killing of Maya. Overall, nearly 40,000 animals have been put to death by PETA.
- We’re finally learning to share public spaces with animals. This not only includes building wildlife land bridges and tunnels, which reduce roadway wildlife mortality by as much as 90%, but redesigning cars, via emerging self-driving technologies, to prevent animals from being injured and killed.
- In California, it is illegal for shelters to kill animals who rescue groups are willing to save. Since passing the law, over 1,000,000 animals have been saved, all at no cost to taxpayers.
And finally, the City of Austin just passed a sweeping new law to enshrine lifesaving protections into law, including right of rescue. Based on several provisions of the Companion Animal Protection Act, model legislation from the No Kill Advocacy Center, the new Austin ordinance requires the municipal shelter to notify rescuers, the former owner (absent evidence of neglect or cruelty), and the finder, offering them the ability to save the animal to prevent killing. And in a nationwide first, it enshrines protections for visibly pregnant moms and their full-term puppies and kittens. There’s more.
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