Archive for February 22nd, 2011

Bill in Colorado detrimental to animal welfare voted down in committee

On Monday, the Colorado House Agriculture Committee voted 12-1 to close the book on House Bill 1063. This bill and its sponsor wanted to prevent non-profit organizations such as the Humane Society from investigating cases of animal cruelty.

Rep. Wes McKinley (D-Walsh) was quoted by the as saying – “I don’t like the idea of special interest groups enforcing things they don’t know anything about.”

So the first-ever, brand new Pack of Putrid Punditry Award goes to McKinley. I know where he’s trying to go, but it’s a big swing and a miss. Actually, groups like the Humane Society and the ASPCA are highly qualified to investigate animal cruelty.

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Last Tuesday in February is Spay Day

The Humane Society of the United States, Humane Society International and the Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association join forces every year to promote the last Tuesday of February as Spay Day.

This February 22 is the 17th Spay Day, as more than 700 events in 50 states are planned.

Education is extremely important in this area. Too many people still refuse to spay or neuter their pets because they have been misinformed about the health and overall benefits of doing so. Others are not able to afford the procedures for their pets and this is where programs to aid those families are helping.

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New report on West Virginia greyhound track’s reported injuries and deaths

More news is out on the level of injuries and deaths in greyhound racing, this time at the Nitro greyhound track in West Virginia – and the news is not good for the dogs.

The report comes from the Charleston Daily Mail. Sadly, 25 greyhounds died in 2010 as a result of racing injuries. Of course, in addition to this number are the thousands that are killed across the country when they are no longer of value to the industry.

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