Wisconsin is considering a ban on the retail sales of commercially-bred dogs and cats in pet stores. The Michigan Pet Fund Alliance has falsely announced that Michigan is a No Kill state. Three states pass laws to protect animals during a divorce, including California which also passed a number of other laws to protect animals. Our duty to make the lives of wild animals better. Why it is time to ban housing discrimination for people with animal companions. The “double check.” And finally, we have a solution to “shelter” killing and communities that have comprehensively embraced it are placing 99%+ of the animals.
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- Legislation to ban the retail sales of commercially-bred dogs and cats in pet stores has been introduced in Wisconsin. If successful, Wisconsin would join California and Maryland and hundreds of cities nationwide where such legislation has already been enacted.
- The Michigan Pet Fund Alliance announced that Michigan is a No Kill state. And yet there are counties in Michigan which kill over seven out of 10 cats. Claiming to be No Kill statewide in the face of counties with such high rates of killing is not just dishonest; it can lead to animals being killed when people believe it is safe to surrender to a pound.
- When a couple gets a divorce, who gets the dog, cat, rabbit or other animal companion? Historically, most courts were unconcerned because animals were considered mere property, “analogous, in law” to “a table or lamp.” That is increasingly changing, as three states have passed laws empowering courts to consider “the best interest of the animal.”
- Not only do we have a duty to protect wildlife, to protect their habitat, and to assist them when they are injured, but we have an affirmative obligation to try to make their lives better.
- Some shelters and rescue groups are reporting an increasing number of animals surrendered or abandoned because they cannot find pet-friendly housing. It’s time to ban housing discrimination for people with companion animals. As long as reasonable concerns about pets are addressed — such as a deposit against damage — the privilege of living with a dog, cat, or other animal should not be reserved to those fortunate enough to own their own home.
- California just passed a ban on the use of wild animals in circuses. It also looks like a ban on the sale of fur will also pass. And that’s not all. The state recently enacted several other laws to protect animals.
- Was that an injured animal in the road or an old shoe? It’s time to do the “double check.”
And finally, a small percentage of animals who enter shelters and pounds — less than 1% — are irremediably suffering. These are animals such as those hit by a car and in multiple organ system failure for whom end of life mercy killing qualifies as true “euthanasia.”
For the other 99% or more of the animals, however, it is not “euthanasia,” it is killing. And as the data nationally and hundreds of communities conclusively prove, “shelter” killing is a choice. Thankfully, there is a solution: change the way our shelters operate. More specifically, force them to adopt an innovative approach to animal sheltering which reduces shelter intakes, replaces killing with alternatives, and maximizes a shelter’s adoption potential, a model of animal sheltering I named The No Kill Equation.
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