Poll: Should the U.S. Ban Cat Declawing?
After New York State banned declawing of cats, we asked our Facebook fans if they agreed or disagreed. Four hundred people voted, with 94% voting in favor of the legislation.
World Animal Day — 12 Ways to Get Involved
World Animal Day unites the animal welfare movement, mobilizing it into a global force to make the world a better place for all animals. More than 1,000 events are held every year in more than 70 countries, from Andorra to Zimbabwe.
Study: Sterilization Is Best for Controlling Feral Cats
“Sadly, many communities still opt to do nothing to control populations of community cats or use outdated, ineffective methods — such as sporadic trapping and removal,” says one of the study’s coauthors. “This research confirms high-intensity TNR is the most effective, humane way to stabilize a population of community cats and, over time, reduce them.”
New York Is First State To Ban Cat Declawing
“Declawing is a cruel and painful procedure that can create physical and behavioral problems for helpless animals, and today it stops,” said New York Governor Cuomo. “By banning this archaic practice, we will ensure that animals are no longer subjected to these inhumane and unnecessary procedures.” Proponents of the law disagree.
Badly Injured Dog Rescued After Being Buried Alive in Hawaii
A badly injured dog was rescued after being buried alive on an Oahu, Hawaii, beach by her owner, who was armed with a machete. Rescuers have named her Leialoha, which is the Hawaiian word for “beloved child.”
California Allocates $5M to Fund Veterinary Care for Homeless People’s Pets
Animal welfare organizations are applauding Governor Gavin Newsom’s 2019-20 state budget for including $5 million in grants to ensure the State of California supports local efforts to aid people experiencing homelessness and their pets.
UC Davis PET Research to Improve Racehorse Safety and Welfare
A significant advance in veterinary research is coming to the racetrack in the form of a standing equine PET scanner. The machine will soon be available at Santa Anita Park, marking a major milestone in the battle against racetrack injuries.
WSAVA Adds Animal Welfare Guidelines
WSAVA, which is dedicated to advancing the health and welfare of companion animals worldwide, has released its animal welfare guidelines.
AVMA Releases Its First-Ever Guidelines for Depopulation of Animals
The AVMA published Guidelines for the Depopulation of Animals to help veterinarians support animal welfare in situations where the difficult decision to depopulate has been made. “Humanely ending the lives of animals is one of the most difficult, but necessary, tasks for veterinarians to oversee,” said Dr. Steven Leary, chair of the panel on depopulation.