Right now, a move to kill more cats in shelters and to remove the right of people to reclaim their lost cats is sweeping the country by reducing and, in some cases, eliminating holding periods. Shelters like the Michigan Humane Society are seeking to undermine one of the few protections afforded to animals entering shelters. They are not alone. In California, a consortium of groups including shelters throughout the state, the ASPCA, HSUS and Maddie’s Fund are looking to eliminate it altogether for animals without identification. In New York, the ASPCA proposed a bill that animal lovers dubbed the “The Quick Kill Bill,” a bill which granted shelters authority to kill animals immediately upon intake, overturning protections for animals that had been in place in New York since the 1970s. And recently, the Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Program recommended to a shelter that kills eight out of 10 cats to reduce the holding period as well.
To arm cat lovers in communities across the country, the No Kill Advocacy Center has put together a position paper. For a copy, click here.
Please feel free to contact us if you live in a jurisdiction where this is occurring. We are here to help.
Moreover, if you or someone you know had a cat who ended up at a shelter as a stray and was killed or adopted to someone else on intake, attorneys for the No Kill Advocacy Center want to hear from you. Given that cats are 13 times more likely to come home on their own as compared to being taken to a shelter (no small part due to the thoroughly inept manner in which many animal control shelters today are operated), and given that shelters exist and therefore by having a place to take cats, they hinder the possibility of those cats to come home on their own; taking in cats but not giving people a reasonable period of time to reclaim them is unconstitutional.
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Wishing you and your fuzzy and furry loved ones warm holiday greetings and a happy new year.
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Who are the top No Kill advocates? Do you know someone who deserves to be recognized for their commitment to saving lives in 2013? They could be shelter directors or shelter reformers, rescuers or reporters, photographers or legislators or anyone else.
Henry Bergh was a 19th Century animal advocate who launched the humane movement in North America. He gave the first speech on animal protection in the U.S., incorporated the nation’s first SPCA, and enforced anti-cruelty laws with passion. Every night, Bergh would patrol the streets of his native New York City looking for animals in need of protection. To those who opposed Bergh’s attempts at saving the lives of animals, he was known as “The Great Meddler.”
The recipients of the No Kill Advocacy Center’s annual Henry Bergh Leadership Award epitomize the unwavering commitment of Bergh to save lives, even in the face of criticism and opposition.
To learn more about Henry Bergh, click here.
To see last year’s winners, click here.
To nominate someone, click here.
In one or two paragraphs, please let us know why you are nominating them and what they have accomplished that makes them the best of the best (Please note: This is not a popularity contest. A person only needs to be nominated one time.)
Model legislation from the No Kill Advocacy Center: The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act.
Today, there is currently no means of ensuring that animals are not placed into the hands of convicted animal abusers. An “Animal Abuser Registry” modeled on those laws which currently exist to protect children, would require people convicted of these types of crimes to register with the state. The registry would then be available to shelters, rescue groups, pet stores, breeders, and the public. Abusers would not be permitted to have animals and it would be illegal to give or sell an animal to them.
By knowing the right lies to tell and which truths to omit, convicted animal abusers can potentially acquire animals from those who lack access to valuable information that would help them make better, more informed choices. This law would strip abusers of this advantage with nothing more than a few strokes of a keyboard.
“In the wake of Governor Brown’s proposal to repeal certain existing state laws affecting animal shelters in California owing to budget-related issues, a diverse statewide stakeholders’ group formed and worked throughout 2012 and into 2013 to identify meaningful ways to realize California’s policy ‘that no adoptable [or treatable] animal should be euthanized if it can be adopted into a suitable home.’” –California Sheltering Report, 2013.
The stakeholders’ group has issued its preliminary report on “Charting a Path Forward: Achieving California’s Policy to Save All Adoptable and Treatable Animals.” But who is the stakeholder group? What is the plan they have drafted to achieve a No Kill California? Does it have any hope of success? And if not, did they ignore proven alternatives? Read our response and alternative by clicking here.
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The No Kill Advocacy Center has model shelter reform legislation, the Companion Animal Protection Act (CAPA), which ends convenience killing (killing when there are empty cages or other readily available lifesaving alternatives) and requires shelters to implement alternatives to killing such as foster care and medical rehabilitation, all proven lifesaving programs of the No Kill Equation. So far this year, versions of CAPA have been introduced in Rhode Island, West Virginia, Texas, Illinois, Florida, New York, and Minnesota, with more states to be announced shortly.
Given the powerful opposition these laws face from entrenched shelter directors and the large national groups like HSUS, the ASPCA and PETA which have successfully derailed these efforts in the past, we are looking to the grassroots of the No Kill movement in the states where these laws were introduced to help get them passed. Alerts are posted regularly on Rescue50. Educate yourself as to why groups like HSUS oppose these laws when they should be championing them by clicking here. And if you live in a state where CAPA has not yet been introduced, lead such an effort. No experience necessary. Our tools will show you how.
For more information, click here.
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Get ready for a feature-length documentary that is going to change the world. When the early founders of the animal protection movement died and their organizations took over the job of killing those they had been formed to protect, a fiery zeal was replaced with a smoldering ember that gave little light or warmth and the humane movement went to sleep. After over 100 years of this antiquated and deadly paradigm, the grassroots of the animal protection movement is finally waking up. Starting with the founding of the first SPCA in North America by Henry Bergh and continuing to this very day, the documentary will tell the story of heroes and villains, betrayal and redemption. But most of all, it is the story of a social movement that is as noble and just as those which have come before.
Learn more and watch the trailer by clicking here.