In Australia’s Capital Territory, dogs must be walked at least once a day by law. As another horse dies at the deadly Santa Anita track, it’s well past time to ban horse racing in California. Finding pet-friendly housing is a challenge in Idaho and elsewhere, but there’s a solution. The death of Bean is a missed lesson in empathy, kindness, caring, compassion, love, and duty. “Shocking euthanasia rates in Kalamazoo” puts the lie to the claim that Michigan is a No Kill state. Trinidad, Rio Blanco County, and Teller County, CO, report placement rates above 95% and as high as 100%. And finally, the announcement by McDonald’s that it is test marketing a veggie burger means that virtually all major fast food outlets look set to have plant-based options now or in the near future.
In case you missed it:
- A territory in Australia requires dogs to be walked at least once a day. It is part of a growing number of laws in other countries that seek to ensure that animals are given love and attention.
- Santa Anita racing officials promised new reforms would end the era of horses dying at the track. It was a lie. On opening weekend, “a 3-year-old colt named Emtech collapsed in the stretch with both his front legs broken” and was put to death.
- Idaho is seeing an increase in the number of people surrendering their pets because of housing issues. Finding pet-friendly housing is a challenge in other states, too, but there’s a solution.
- The death of Bean is a missed lesson in empathy, kindness, caring, compassion, love, and duty.
- “Shocking euthanasia rates in Kalamazoo” puts the lie to the claim that Michigan is a No Kill state. Claiming to be No Kill while still killing is not just dishonest; it leads to catastrophic consequences for animals when people falsely believe it is safe to surrender to a pound.
- Trinidad, CO, reported a placement rate of 95% for dogs, 97% for cats, and 100% for rabbits and other small animals.
- Rio Blanco County, CO, is served by two shelters. In 2018, Rangely Animal Shelter reported a placement rate of 100% for dogs and 96% for cats. The Town of Meeker reported a placement rate of 99% for dogs.
- Teller County, CO, reported a combined placement rate of 99% for dogs and 98% for cats.
And finally, McDonald’s is test marketing a veggie burger in Ontario before (hopefully) rolling it out nationally there and then South of the border here in the States. With McDonald’s entry, virtually all major fast food outlets look set to have plant-based options now or in the near future, including Burger King, Carl’s Jr., KFC, Del Taco, Taco Bell, Red Robin, Bareburger, White Castle, Chipotle, Habit Burger, Shake Shack, Qdoba, and more. The one holdout appears to be Wendy’s. The loss will be theirs. 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.” Make it easy for people to do the right thing and they will.
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