Saturday, June 17, 2017

More than 80 Great Danes rescued from suspected puppy mill in New Hampshire

The Humane Society of the United States assisted the Wolfeboro Police Department in the rescue of 84 Great Danes from a suspected puppy mill in New Hampshire.

The Wolfeboro Police Department served search and seizure and arrest warrants on the property on Friday, June 16 and found that the dogs were being housed in unsafe and unsanitary conditions. Eighty-four dogs have been rescued from this property as part of this effort.

The Wolfeboro Police Department has previously dealt with the owner of the residence/business regarding barking dog complaints. The department initiated an investigation on May 8 surrounding animal neglect allegations.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

ASPCA assists with removal of more than 200 birds in cockfighting raid

At the request of the Indiana Gaming Commission, the ASPCA is assisting with the removal of more than 200 birds from a property associated with cockfighting in Marion County.

The ASPCA is also assisting local authorities with evidence collection, medical assessments, and transportation of the birds to a temporary shelter established by the Indianapolis Animal Care Services in an undisclosed location.

Upon arriving at the property on Friday, investigators found birds with physical alterations common in fighting birds, such as the removal of their combs and wattles. Cockfighting paraphernalia, including gaffs used to maximize injury during fights and supplements to enhance their performance, were also discovered.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

U.S. withdrawal from Paris accord is an assault on animals and the environment

The Animal Legal Defense Fund is dismayed by the decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement, the global plan to respond to and mitigate climate change.

The science is clear—climate change is man made and represents one of the greatest threats, not just to wildlife, but to all life on earth.

Less recognized is that of all human activities that contribute to greenhouse gas emissions, animal agriculture is the most significant.

Research from the Worldwatch Institute concludes that 51% of all greenhouse gas emissions from human activities are associated with animal agriculture.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

ASPCA denounces proposed 2018 budget permitting wild horses to be sold for slaughter

The ASPCA has denounced the Trump administration’s proposed FY 2018 federal budget for including a shocking plan to remove existing safeguards for federally-protected wild horses, opening the door for tens of thousands of horses to be immediately killed or sent to slaughter.

The Wild Horse and Burro Program, managed by the Bureau of Land Management under the Department of the Interior, would allow wild horses to be sold to the highest bidder, almost certainly for the purposes of slaughter, and would strip critical language prohibiting the killing of healthy wild horses.

“This proposal represents a dereliction of the Interior Department’s responsibility to protect our nation’s wild horses and an affront to public opinion and our shared values,” said Matt Bershadker, ASPCA President & CEO. “Wild horses can and should be humanely managed on-range using simple fertility control, yet the BLM would rather make these innocent animals pay for draconian budget cuts with their very lives.”

Saturday, May 20, 2017

ASPCA files lawsuit against HUD following denial of fee-waived FOIA request

The ASPCA, with the assistance of Holland & Knight LLP, has filed a federal lawsuit against the U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) claiming that the agency's denial of its request for a fee waiver for a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request concerning pet ownership restrictions in select public housing units is unlawful.

In its original request, the ASPCA noted that the organization is entitled to receive these documents free of charge under FOIA's public interest provision because the documents would be used to educate the public about HUD policies that potentially prohibit pet ownership by thousands of tenants nationwide.

The ASPCA's suit argues that nonprofit groups will be prevented from using FOIA effectively if government agencies demand thousands of dollars of fees to fulfill each request.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Can you break a window to save a dog in a hot car?

As summer approaches and temperatures rise, the danger of dogs dying because negligent owners left them in a hot car grows as well.

Even on a day when it’s 70 degrees outside, the temperature inside a car can hit 90 degrees in just 10 minutes. On a hot day, the temperature inside a closed car can shoot as high as 116 degrees in the same amount of time.

What can you do, within your legal rights, if you see an animal in distress in a locked car? The Animal Legal Defense Fund, the nation’s preeminent legal advocacy organization for animals, has some tips.