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South Korea Shuts Down Largest Dog Meat Slaughterhouse
Image via Facebook.com/Coexistence of Animal Rights on Earth / CARE The Seongnam City Council closed Taepyeong, the largest dog slaughterhouse in South Korea, where hundreds of thousands of dogs were killed each year, according to Humane Society International. According to the press release from HSI, the council plans to build a community park in its place. Nara Kim, HSI/Korea’s dog meat...
Marijuana Legalization Is Putting Drug Dogs in Early Retirement
Image via iStock.com/skilpad Drug dogs who have been previously trained to detect narcotics, including marijuana, are now considered a liability, according to Fox News. Since marijuana has become legal in some places, a detection from these drug dogs may not be sufficient grounds for search by police. “A dog can’t tell you, ‘Hey, I smell marijuana’ or ‘I smell meth,’” Rifle Police...
Spokane City Council Considering Ordinance to Discourage Service Animal Misrepresentation
Image via iStock.com/andresr There have been many stories of people using support and service animal laws to allow their non-service pets to have the same privileges, but this has not gone without consequence. From airport travel to bringing pets to grocery stores, the misrepresentation of pets as service animals has become increasingly problematic. It makes it harder for people with legitimate...
California Family Returns After Camp Fire to Find Dog Guarding Neighbor’s Home
Image via Facebook/The Updater The Copsey family evacuated their home in Northern California to escape the deadly Camp Fire and returned two days later to find their home destroyed. They also found something they didn’t expect--their Border Collie, Ella, was guarding their neighbor’s home. “She was protecting it,” Leahna Copsey, the dog’s owner, tells the NY Post. “She was protecting...
Communities Rally Together to Help Animals Displaced by California Wildfires
Image via North Valley Animal Disaster Group/Facebook The California wildfires have displaced countless families and forced many to evacuate. The Woolsey fire in the city of Thousand Oaks has affected people from Malibu all the way to Calabasas and Bell Canyon. The Camp Fire has now become the deadliest wildfire in state history, having killed 44 people as of November 13. Neither fire has been...
California Passes Prop 12 on Housing of Farm Animals, With Mixed Reactions
Image via iStock.com/pixdeluxe Florida was not the only state to pass animal welfare-related legislature this past election. California voters also overwhelming voted to pass Proposition 12. The Official Voter Information Guide for California explains that Proposition 12 (also known as the Prevention of Cruelty to Farmed Animal Act), “Establishes minimum requirements for confining certain farm...
4-Foot Alligator Sold to 17-Year-Old Boy at Reptile Show
Image via iStock.com/Mark Kostich In Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, one mother came home to the ultimate surprise. Her 17-year-old son had gone to a one-day reptile show in Hamburg, Pennsylvania, and had purchased a 4-foot-long alligator. According to Lancaster Online, Jesse Rothacker of Lilitz-based Forgotten Friend Reptile Sanctuary got a call from the enraged mother, who asked if the...