From Forest and Stream, March 22, 1888 edition The following is snipped from Our Dumb Animals, the publication of The Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, April 1888:
Stock image via Pexels The American Field ran an article (below) in its June 15, 1895 issue on the need for a national organization dedicated to the protection of dogs. Such a society, the piece argues, could prosecute cases of dog killing and advocate for laws which regard the dog as having intrinsic value. In … Continue reading Is a Dog Protection Society Needed?
In past I focused my no kill advocacy on shelter pets as long time readers well know. Currently I take a broader approach to include all animals combined with an understanding of our relationship with animals in history. To understand a thing, one must understand the history of a thing. And I am constantly refining … Continue reading Working through Some Thoughts on No Kill
I thought readers might enjoy looking back at the early days of organized animal advocacy in New York City. The controversial practice of using hounds to hunt deer was condemned by the dog fancy trade papers of ASPCA founder Henry Bergh's day but that didn't stop proponents from trying to advance their case: Forest and … Continue reading Henry Bergh and Audubon Society In Late 19th Century Trade Papers
(Stock photo via Pexels) Unborn puppies and kittens have a right to live. This issue is entirely separate from the debate surrounding the reproductive healthcare of women, who are capable of engaging with their doctors and making informed decisions. I've written about pregnant dogs and cats in shelter care in the past so I won't … Continue reading Puppies Allowed to Be Born: Oh the Humanity!
Stock photo via Pexels I sometimes see online advice encouraging people to take roaming cats to their local shelter because, whether owned or unowned, it's the best place for them. While well intentioned, this is misinformation and I'd like to explain why. 1. Cats get sick at shelters - very sick and very easily: Traditional … Continue reading Why Roaming Cats Should Not Be Taken to a Shelter
Oh Mobile, what are we going to do with you? Kitten pictured on the Mobile Animal Shelter page for lost and found cats. Built in 1967, the animal shelter in Mobile, Alabama "is hidden next to the city’s public works facility and a historic cemetery" which sounds like a delightful outing the whole family would … Continue reading Get It Together, Mobile
I am going to make you uncomfortable. Got your hackles up? That's understandable. As a society, we spend considerable energy making sure everyone is comfortable. Items from clothing and shoes to toilet paper and bed sheets are marketed as comfortable. Cooking shows teach us how to make comfort foods. We ask people their pronouns, their … Continue reading The Comfort Zone of Death
You and I and all American taxpayers fund 16 wildlife refuges in Alaska representing 85% of our country's federal wildlife refuges. So we all - not just Alaskans - have a vested interest in the management of these 76 million acres. For years, Alaskan state officials have been asking the feds for permission to extend … Continue reading Manly Men Totally Not Compensating for Anything Hope to Kill Baby Bears in Alaska Thanks to GOP
The non-profit Peninsula Humane Society is contracted by San Mateo Co in California for animal control. Sixteen PHS employees held a press conference in the shelter's parking lot this week. The workers allege that sub-standard conditions, understaffing and neglect have led to the injury and death of several animals at the facility. ACO Dylin Skiles … Continue reading Workers at CA Shelter Allege Neglect Causing Animal Injury and Death