Nathan Winograd
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Report: Wildlife Populations Declined 69%

Report: Wildlife Populations Declined 69%

News and headlines for October 16 - October 22, 2022
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Terrell Walton, the (former) Philadelphia pound worker, faces felony animal cruelty for breaking a dog’s jaw while transporting him after a preliminary hearing determined there was enough evidence to charge him. While Walton may be held criminally accountable, shelter managers who killed him have not. Instead of providing veterinary care and despite knowing that Saint’s family was on their way to pick him up, Aurora Velazquez, the (former) director of the pound, “instructed staff to kill Saint.” After he was killed, Summer Dolder, the (former) Operations Director, had his body quickly disposed of, refusing to return it to his family. A civil lawsuit is pending in the matter. 

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As reported last week, PETA called on Killeen, TX, pound staff to continue killing animals rather than embrace readily-available, cost-effective alternatives to that killing. 

This week, Manteca, CA, shelter staff is using PETA to defend killing in their facility after “Manteca Mayor Ben Cantu has come out strongly in favor of the city pursuing a no-kill shelter for the municipal facility.” 

Despite PETA opposition, the Mayor is undeterred. “Cantu vowed to push for solutions that will work toward eliminating ‘the short time frame to death’ for a number of animals that are taken in at the city’s shelter.” The No Kill Advocacy Center has reached out to Mayor Cantu offering those solutions.

PETA’s position should surprise no one. This week was also the anniversary of PETA’s theft and killing of Maya. On October 18, 2014, two PETA representatives backed their van up to a home in Parksley, VA, and threw biscuits to Maya, who was sitting on her porch. They were hoping to coax her off her property and give PETA the ability to claim she was a stray dog “at large” whom they could legally impound.

Maya refused to stay off the property and, after grabbing the biscuit, ran back to the safety of her porch. One of the PETA representatives went onto the property and took Maya. Within hours, Maya was dead, illegally killed with a lethal dose of poison. 

Maya’s family would ultimately sue PETA, alleging theft, trespass, and intentional infliction of emotional distress. PETA, in turn, asked the court to throw out the lawsuit based on several questionable claims, including their argument that Maya was legally worthless because she was just a dog. But after losing that and other similar claims, PETA paid Maya’s family $49,000.

A series of articles I wrote about Maya’s killing ultimately led to the publication of “Why PETA Kills,” my book. “Why PETA Kills” tells Maya’s story and tens of thousands of others who have died at their hands, which continues to increase by the thousands yearly. It would also lead PETA to sue me (spoiler: I won!).

Why PETA Kills is available on Amazon, but subscribers can also listen to a free audio version of the book.

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Nathan Winograd
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The 90% nationwide decline in shelter killing has been called “the single greatest success of the modern animal protection movement.” Join attorney, journalist, No Kill pioneer, and award-winning writer Nathan Winograd, who was at the center of that success — including creating the first No Kill community in the United States — on “This Week in Animal Protection.”
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