‘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.

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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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