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California The First State To Require Pet Stores To Sell Only Rescue Animals

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Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday cemented California’s status as the leading state on animal welfare by signing into law AB 485, a bill that makes California the first state to ban the sale of puppies, kittens, and rabbits in pet stores, unless shelters or qualified rescue organizations supply the animals. Pet stores will have one year to transition to a more humane model by choosing to sell only pet supplies and small animals, or begin working with qualified nonprofits to place homeless animals into new homes. The HSUS and a large coalition of groups backed the bill, which was sponsored by Social Compassion in Legislation.Under the new legislation, all dogs, cats, and rabbits sold in pet stores must come from animal shelters or non-profit rescue organizations by 2019.

Any pet store owner who does not comply will be fined $500 for each animal in violation of the law.

MDC calls this law AB 485 “BULLSHIT” ,  blocks all of California’s pet lovers from having access to professional, licensed, and ethical commercial breeders, This is not good for Californians or their companion animals.”

Total BS. There are no restrictions on prospective pet owners going directly to breeders. They’ll probably spend the same amount of money at a breeder that they’d spend in a pet store, only they’re more likely to get a well-bred, healthy animal rather than a “product” from a mill. And anyone who wants a purebred can also contact breed rescues. I see nothing but win here – except for those who want to keep those awful animal mills operating.

The law will work to reduce the mass-breeding of pets in “puppy mills” and “kitten factories,” where they often face abuse and unhealthy living conditions, supporter said.

“This is a big win for our four-legged friends, of course,” Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell, who wrote the bill, said. “But also for California taxpayers who spend more than $250 million annually to house and euthanize animals in our shelters.

“I am very grateful for the strong support we received from animal-lovers across the state and from Social Compassion in Legislation, the bill’s sponsor,” he said.

“This landmark law breaks the puppy mill supply chain that pushes puppies into California pet stores and has allowed unscrupulous breeders to profit from abusive practices,” Bershadker said.

The bill had faced criticism from the American Kennel Club and California Retailers Association.

“AB 485 blocks all of California’s pet lovers from having access to professional, licensed, and ethical commercial breeders,” Sheila Goffe, vice president of government relations for the American Kennel Club, told the LA Times. “This is not good for Californians or their companion animals.”

Dog Supports on Witness Stand 



Wrenching as it was, the scene was not an uncommon one at a sentencing hearing inside a Brooklyn courtroom on Tuesday. A 30-year-old woman was describing the horrific ordeal she and her 5-year-old daughter endured for five months in 2012, bound by duct tape, assaulted and hidden away from the outside world.

As she recounted being assaulted and choked, the woman reached out and hugged an unusual courtroom visitor — a 5-year-old Australian Labradoodle named Paz.

It was the culmination of the dog’s role as the woman’s therapy dog.

Paz had been at State Supreme Court in Brooklyn regularly during the trial of the man convicted of kidnapping and assaulting the woman, who had been his girlfriend at the time, and her daughter. As she took the stand, the dog would wait outside the courtroom, available whenever the woman became too upset and had to leave the room.

But on Tuesday, Paz was lying next to the woman, as a result, a spokesman for the Brooklyn district attorney’s office said, of a recent court decision that allows therapy dogs to accompany children in courtrooms in New York. When the prosecution asked Justice John G. Ingram for permission to have Paz in the courtroom on Tuesday, he allowed it.

“That’s my dog!” the woman said outside the courthouse on Tuesday after Justice Ingram sentenced her attacker, Yohannes Anglin, 36, to 60 years to life in prison. The woman is not being identified because of the nature of the crime, which prosecutors said included sexual abuse. The defendant was acquitted of a rape charge.

Oren Yaniv, the spokesman for the district attorney’s office, said the case was the first in which a dog was allowed to accompany an adult in a courtroom in New York City.

Paz’s handler in the courtroom said she hoped the case would lead to the broader use of therapy dogs in courtrooms.

MDC adds that the first service dog at a trial would of been LYKA, if a legal firm acted appropriately but was a total ethical fucking disgrace and mockery, stated by Steve Moskovitz.



Source : nytimes 

Dogs in Space

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Ben Marks of Collectors Weekly says: “Lisa Hix has just written a very cool piece about Laika, Belka, Strelka, and the other canine cosmonauts who paved the way for Russian Yuri Gagarin’s maiden orbit of the Earth in 1961.

With interviews and images supplied by the author and publisher of Soviet Space Dogs, Lisa’s story answers questions about how these animals were selected for training, how they relieved themselves in space, and what sort of welcome they could expect if they returned safely to Earth (not all did).”

Dogs had a history of scientific experimentation in the USSR. Petrovich Pavlov had used them to great effect in his studies of the reflex system. Despite this, apes were initially considered as they more closely resemble man in many ways. Dr. Oleg Gazenko, one of the leading scientists of the space program, even visited the circus to observe the famous monkey handler Capellini, who convinced him that monkeys were, in fact, problematic.

They required intense training and numerous vaccines and were emotionally unstable. (Cats did not tolerate flight conditions; that was later proved by French missions in 1963.)

The decision was made: Dogs would be the first cosmonauts.

Source: boing boing