Costco has announced that it will no longer sell coconut products from Thailand because they use primate slave labor. The last remaining dog racing track is set to close in Florida. A new study of pet cemeteries finds that they mirror the changing nature of our relationship with animal companions. The number of communities placing over 90% of the animals is increasing. These shelters and the data nationally prove that animals are NOT dying in pounds because there are too many or too few homes or people don’t want the animals; they are dying because people in those pounds are killing them. And while the FTC has already filed and settled an action and the California Attorney General’s Office is currently investigating, local prosecutors recently announced the filing of criminal charges against Marc Ching, a well-known activist with an alleged history of fraud according to two Los Angeles Times investigations.

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The number of communities placing over 90% of the animals is increasing, including:

These shelters and the data nationally prove that animals are not dying in pounds because there are too many or too few homes or people don’t want the animals. They are dying because people in those pounds are killing them. Replace those people, implement the No Kill Equation, and we can be a No Kill nation today.

And, finally, the Los Angeles Times earlier this year published an exposé that Marc Ching, a well-known and until then beloved “animal activist” allegedly fighting cruelty in the Indonesian dog meat industry, was a fraud. It provided evidence that Ching, who spent nearly a decade in prison for a violent crime before joining the movement, staged videos of dogs being killed, including blowtorched alive, for personal gain and to promote his charity, The Animal Hope & Wellness Foundation. In a follow-up, the L.A. Times published evidence that Ching also persuaded people “to abandon a prescribed treatment regimen and instead give their ailing dogs and cats products he sells at his for-profit pet food store in Sherman Oaks.” While the FTC has already filed and settled an action against Ching, and the California Attorney General’s Office is currently investigating, local prosecutors recently announced the filing of criminal charges against Ching for “practicing veterinary medicine without a license, false advertising, and packing horsemeat or other meat as pet food without a license.”

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