Saturday, June 27, 2015

Federal bill to end animal testing of cosmetics introduced to House

Via PRNewswire - Animal testing of cosmetic products and ingredients would be phased out under legislation introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Passage of the Humane Cosmetics Act will bring the U.S. in line with more than 30 other countries that have already implemented similar bans. The bipartisan bill was introduced by U.S. Reps. Martha McSally (R-AZ), Don Beyer (D-VA), Joe Heck (R-NV) and Tony Cárdenas (D-CA).

Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States said: "Given the ready availability of alternatives, there is no compelling reason to continue using outdated animal testing methods that cause tremendous animal suffering. So many companies are already using non-animal tests for shampoos, makeups and other products sold around the world, and the United States can help accelerate that trend."

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Senate passes act to return retired military working dogs to U.S. soil

Via PRNewswire - The nation's military working dogs, each of whom saves the lives of between 150-200 servicemen and women in the course of their career, are one step closer to being guaranteed treatment as the heroes they are.

 The U.S. Senate has followed the House of Representatives in passing the 2016 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) with language supported by American Humane Association.

The 2016 NDAA mandates that America's heroic military working dogs will be returned to U.S. soil upon retirement, and that their human handlers and their families – to whom these dogs mean more than anyone else – will be given first right of adoption. The language was introduced in the House by Congressman Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ) and the Senate by Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO).

Saturday, June 13, 2015

PSA highlights truth about majority of “pit bull” dog owners

Via PRNewswire - The non-profit organization, Animal Farm Foundation has created a public service announcement (PSA) starring actor and "pit bull" dog owner, Jon Bernthal, to disarm negative stereotypes about "pit bull" dog owners. In the PSA, Jon offers a real-life snapshot of the majority of "pit bull" dog owners, who are, in fact, everyday people with everyday dogs.

Despite stereotypes suggesting that "pit bull" dog owners are inherently reckless or irresponsible, the overwhelming majority love and care for their pets just like other dog owners do. The individuals featured in the TV spot include "pit bull" dog owner-families, neighbors, friends, public servants and valued members of the community. Together, they are not the exception; they are the majority.

In the PSA, Jon asks "pit bull" dog owners to join The Majority Project just by taking their picture. The Majority Project is a photo collection, created by Animal Farm Foundation, to demonstrate that "pit bull" dog owners are no different than other dog owners.

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Save a life – or two – during Adopt a Shelter Cat Month

Via AmericanHumane.org - Each spring during kitten season, thousands of newborn kittens join millions of cats already in shelters across the country.

That means your local shelter has tons of cute, cuddly newborns, in addition to mellow, older cats and everything in between!

And the shelter staff is ready to help you adopt your very first cat – or to bring home a friend for another beloved cat – just in time for American Humane Association’s Adopt-a-Cat Month.

Here is a Top 10 checklist if you’re thinking of adopting:

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Lil Bub and ASPCA lend a paw to 29 animal welfare organizations

Via ASPCA.org - The ASPCA and feline phenomenon Lil Bub have announced an additional 29 recipients of grant funding through Lil Bub’s Big Fund for the ASPCA. The 29 organizations, spanning 17 states, received a total of $57,190.

Since the fund started in 2014, over $132,000 has been distributed to 67 organizations nationwide. Click here to check out the annual report from the first year of Lil Bub's Big Fund.

One hundred percent of donations collected for Lil Bub’s Big Fund for the ASPCA are distributed as grants to animal welfare organizations to support homeless pets that need special care or extra help getting adopted, due to conditions such as: physical deformity, birth defects, developmental disability, mobility impairment, blindness, deafness, wounds suffered from a disaster, accident, or abuse, any permanent diseases or chronic illnesses and old age.