Dogs identified as “pit bulls” are welcome again in Cudahy, WI. California becomes the first state in the U.S. to ban fur trapping. “Why More Dogs and Cats Are Making It Out of Shelters Alive.” Seven Colorado cities are members of the 95%+ Club. Important lessons learned from a first rescue. How to relocate bees without harming a single one. And a cognitive scientist questions the now routine sterilization of dogs and suggests we no longer do so (and why she is wrong).
In case you missed it:
- Dogs identified as “pit bulls” are welcome again in Cudahy, WI. The City voted to repeal its longstanding ban. Banning dogs based on how they look is immoral. It is also ineffective.
- Fur is dead. At least in California. It just became the first state in the U.S. to ban fur trapping. The chief legislative sponsor called the practice “cruel, obviously.” Obviously.
- The New York Times looks at “Why More Dogs and Cats Are Making It Out of Shelters Alive.” They got it partly right.
- People who say it can’t be done should not stand in the way of those who are doing it. That is as true for dogs, cats, and rabbits in shelters, as it is for bees in chimneys.
- Cherry Hills, Englewood, and Littleton, CO, reported a 99% placement rate for dogs, 95% for cats, and 95% for other animals.
- Garfield County and Glenwood Springs, CO, reported a 96% placement rate for dogs, 97% for cats, and 97% for rabbits and other animals.
- Morgan County, CO, reported a placement rate of 99% for dogs and 95% for cats.
- Chaffee County, CO, reported a placement rate of 99% for dogs, 98% for cats, and 100% for rabbits and other animals.
- A story of a first rescue and the important lesson that animals matter and we should always reach out a helping hand.
And finally, an op-ed in The New York Times questions the now routine sterilization of dogs and suggests we no longer do so. It is going to infuriate those who have internalized the movement orthodoxy that surgical sterilization is a core component of responsible stewardship and beyond question. But such a reaction would be a mistake. And while many of us, myself included, do not agree with her conclusion and believe the arguments in favor of sterilization are more compelling, we should welcome the discussion. Only by forthrightly acknowledging and addressing this and other establishment dogma, can we come closer to ensuring that the choices we make on behalf of animals and without their consent are the right ones, or, at least, the very best choices given the available evidence.
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