Helmsley estate case

From ANIMAL PEOPLE, July/August 2009:
NEW YORK CITY–The Humane Society of the U.S., Maddie’s
Fund, and the American SPCA on August 11, 2009 asked the Manhattan
Surrogate Court to overturn a February 2009 ruling by Judge Troy K.
Webber that allowed the trustees of the late hotelier Leona
Helmsley’s estate to allocate about $5 billion to human service
charities, instead of for the benefit of dogs, as Helmsley asked in
her will. The trustees in April 2009 distributed $136 million to
human service charities, $900,000 to charities that train guide
dogs, and $100,000 to the ASPCA, the only animal charity named.

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Kenya SPCA director awarded MBE

From ANIMAL PEOPLE, July/August 2009:
Jean Gilchrist, in her 40th year as director of the Kenya
SPCA, was in August 2009 named to the Order of the British
Empire–the eighth animal advocate named since 1998, following
International Primate Protection League founder Shirley McGreal
(2008); International Animal Rescue cofounder Alan Knight, David
Sheldrick Wildlife Trust founder Daphne Sheldrick, and the late
Stella Brewer Marsden, founder of the Chimpanzee Rehabilitation
Association sanctuary in Gambia (all 2006); Care For The Wild
founder Bill Jordan, now heading the Bill Jordan Wildlife Defence
Fund (2005); Dogs Trust chair Clarissa Baldwin (2003); and Animals
Asia Foundation founder Jill Robinson (1998).

Fur sales at 20-year low & falling

From ANIMAL PEOPLE, July/August 2009:
fur industry flacks are banging the drums to
proclaim that fur sales are making a comeback,
but the media echo is distinctly muted. More
designers were trying to sell fur in mid-2009 at
the London, Milan, New York, and Paris Fashion
Week shows, 164 in all, up from 156 in 2008,
but more sellers scarcely means more buyers.
Whatever publicity boost fur might have
gotten from the participation of eight more
designers was upstaged when French first lady
Carla Bruni-Sarkozy and U.S. first lady Michelle
Obama both let the world know that fur is not in
their wardrobes.

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State data, 2000-2009

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  July/August 2009:

State data,  2000-2009

State  Dogs & cats
        killed/year  Rate

  AL     119,021     25.5
  AK       9,643     14.0
  AZ     123,540     19.0
  AR      33,975     11.9
  CA     433,733     11.8
  CO      43,000      9.1
  CT       2,101      0.6
  DE      13,793     15.8
  FL     278,586     15.2
  GA     190,814     19.7
  HI      22,797     17.7
  ID      27,584     18.1
  IL     134,470     10.4
  IN     138,870     21.8
  IA      49,850     16.6
  KS      48,477     17.3
  KY     183,054     42.9
  LA      92,000     20.9
  ME       8,297      6.3
  MD      49,016      8.7
  MA      38,338      5.9
  MI     117,035     11.7
  MN      93,438     17.9
  MS     124,205     42.4
  MO     102,958     17.4
  MT      11,279     11.7
  NE      22,280     15.3
  NV      32,011     12.3
  NH       3,027      2.3
  NJ      38,205      4.4
  NM      66,861     33.7
  NY      58,470      3.0
  NC     227,783     24.7
  ND      11,171     17.4
  OH     171,141     14.9
  OK     114,276     31.3
  OR      31,836      8.4
  PA     200,785     16.1
  RI       6,930      6.6
  SC     127,413     28.4
  SD      18,170     22.6
  TN     155,997     25.1
  TX     469,849     19.3
  UT      32,558     11.9
  VT       4,968      8.0
  VA      98,666     12.7
  WA      43,223      6.6
  WV      61,892     34.1
  WI      27,010      4.8
  WY       8,195     15.4

ALL   4,528,700     15.1

Ontario pit ban upheld

From ANIMAL PEOPLE, July/August 2009:
OTTAWA–A three-judge panel of the Supreme Court of Canada on
June 11, 2009 refused to hear Ontario dog keeper Catherine
Cochrane’s last appeal in an attempt to overturn the 2005 Dog Owners’
Liability Act. The act bans from Ontario any dog who “has an
appearance and physical characteristics that are substantially
similar” to those of pit bull terriers, Stafford-shire bull
terriers, American Staffordshire terriers, and American pit bull
Pit bulls already in Ontario when the law passed may be kept
if they are licensed, sterilized, and kept muzzled and leashed when
in public.
“The total ban on pit bulls is not ‘arbitrary’ or ‘grossly
disproportionate’ in light of the evidence that pit bulls have a
tendency to be unpredictable and that even apparently docile pit
bulls may attack without warning or provocation,” the Ontario Court
of Appeal ruled in October 2008.
Cochrane was represented by renowned civil rights lawyer Clayton Ruby.

How often has Sylvester killed Tweety?

From ANIMAL PEOPLE, July/August 2009:
How often has Sylvester killed Tweety?
by Judith Webster
The summer 2009 edition of B.C. Nature included an article
entitled, “Cat licensing: A conservation strategy that can work.”
As a cat and bird lover, I was inspired to investigate author
Sherril Guthrie’s claim that cat licensing and confinement bylaws
would “protect and restore our bird and small mammal populations, as
well as return cats to their rightful place as valued pets and
Guthrie relies on American Bird Conservancy “Cats Indoors!”
campaign literature, which includes too many disputable studies,
extrapolations, and anecdotal reports to delve into deeply here.
However, in her strong opening paragraph, Guthrie discusses a new
bird count analysis by the National Audubon Society revealing that 20
of North America’s most common birds have lost over half their
population since 1967.

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Namibian seal hunt proceeds despite E.U pelt import ban & only buyer’s attempt to sell out

From ANIMAL PEOPLE, July/August 2009:

Ministers on July 28, 2009 voted 24-0 to implement a ban on
importing seal products into the European Union within nine months.
Approved by the European Parlia-ment on May 5, 2009, the
ban will take effect before the next sealing season in Atlantic
Canada, but might not be enforced in all European Union nations
before the end of the 2009 Namibian sealing season.
“The ban was approved without debate,” wrote Constant Brand
of Associated Press, “although Denmark and Romania abstained from
backing the measure, which Ottawa is protesting as an unfair trade
restriction. Austria also abstained because it wanted an even
stricter ban.”

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