A shelter empties the good way
News and headlines for December 23 - 29, 2023
These are some of the stories making headlines in animal protection:
Jonathan Franzen, the fiction author and advocate of Invasion Biology (another fiction), has published a hit piece in the New Yorker, calling for the roundup and killing of cats to protect so-called “native” birds. He relies, in part, on PETA’s death cult, which he approvingly quotes as calling community cat programs a “fate worse than death.” Finally, he calls on shelters to re-evaluate their “preoccupation with shelter kills” because “there’s no shortage of adoptable kittens...” Next week, I’ll explain why he is wrong philosophically and why his views are unworkable, unscientific, hypocritical, and lead to the sadistic killing of cats. In the meantime, I remind people that for those who espouse nativist views, killing cats is the point. Many are not interested in saving birds — even Franzen admits to eating the “native” birds he blames cats for eating.
The current issue covers:
Breaking the chains by making it illegal to tether a dog 24/7;
What shelters owe rabbits;
The California Supreme Court gives dogs and their rescuers a big victory;
The nuts and bolts of foster care;
A new tool for No Kill success;
A Vietnamese restaurant that slaughtered around 300 cats each month for a soup recipe has shut down after the owner expressed moral objections to the practice... As a result, 20 cats and kittens that were going to be drowned to satisfy the restaurant’s demand were released and given to local adoption agencies.