Laws pre-empting breed-specific ordinances pass––but polls tilt the other way

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  July-August 2013:

HARTFORD,  RENO,  PRESCOTT,  CALGARY–Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval and Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy on May 24 and June 6,  2013  endorsed into law bills that prohibit municipalities from passing breed-specific dog ordinances.  A similar bill passed both houses of the Rhode Island legislature between May 27 and July 2,  but had not yet been signed by Governor Lincoln Chaffee when ANIMAL PEOPLE went to press two weeks later.   Read more

Peninsula SPCA president rips American Humane chicken ads

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  July-August 2013:

SAN MATEO,  California––Local humane society presidents rarely criticize national humane organizations and even less often jump into farmed animal issues,  at risk of alienating meat-eating donors,  but Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA president Ken White on May 30,  2013 bucked convention on both points.   Read more

BOOKS—Led Astray: Reforming New York City’s Animal Care & Control

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  May/June 2013:

Led Astray:  Reforming New York City’s Animal Care & Control by Scott M. Stringer,  Manhattan Borough President  (lead researcher/writer Shaan Khan),  January 2013 Free download from:

Led Astray is the latest of many evaluations and exposés of alleged deficiencies within the New York City Center for Animal Care & Control,  originally known as the CACC,  now abbreviated AC&C.

Twenty years after AC&C was formed on short notice to take over the New York City animal control contract,  held for the preceding 100 years by the American SPCA,  the city rate of shelter killing has fallen from about six animals per 1,000 residents,  which would still be very low today,  compared to the national rate of 9.7,  to 0.82.  This is the best record of any major U.S. city,   bar none,  even factoring in that New York City residents keep about half as many pets as the U.S. national average.   Read more

SHARK asks Bucks County SPCA and Women’s Humane Society to stand up against Philadelphia Gun Club pigeon shoots––as WHS founder did

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  April 2013:

PHILADELPHIA––Five years into an ongoing campaign to stop pigeon shoots held at the Philadelphia Gun Club for at least 125 years,  Showing Animals Respect & Kindness founder Steve Hindi on March 26,  2013 made public his frustration with 101 years of inaction against the gun club by the Bucks County SPCA, founded in 1912,  and 97 years of inaction by the Women’s Humane Society,  following the 1916 death of founder Carolyn Earle White. Read more

Veterinarian comments about dog licensing, pit bulls, & street dog parasites

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  April 2013:

Your January/February 2013 editorial “Pi,  Dorothy,  and the qualities of humane leadership” gave me stuff to ponder that I hadn’t seriously considered before,  such as the emphasis on adopting one’s way out of shelter euthanasias versus the likely better bang for the buck approach of focusing even more than currently on spaying and castrating. Read more

How to protest against killing contests without promoting them vexes animal defenders

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  March 2013:

MIAMI,  Fla.,  HOLLEY,  N.Y.,  ADIN,  Calif.,  CHICAGO,  Ill.––The Python Challenge was pushed by the Florida Wildlife Commission in the name of conservation,  albeit without strong scientific support.  The Hazzard County Squirrel Slam in Holley,  New York,  and the Pit River Rod and Gun Club’s Seventh Annual Coyote Drive in Adin,  California,  were promoted as opportunities to introduce young people to recreational killing,  though older hunters were more in evidence. Pigeons netted off the streets of Chicago at instigation of Alderman James Cappleman were allegedly killed at pigeon shoots in Indiana. Read more

Pi, Dorothy, and the qualities of humane leadership

Editorial from ANIMAL PEOPLE, January/February 2013

By Kim Bartlett & Merritt Clifton

The title character in Life of Pi, possibly the most memorable film in years with a pro-animal theme, is a Hindu vegetarian boy raised in Pondicherry, India, whose parents run a zoo on leased land in the city botanical garden. Pi in adolescence becomes preoccupied with a spiritual quest which leads him to become also–simultaneously– Catholic and Muslim. As Pi explains, “There are 33 millions gods in the Hindu religion..We get to feel guilty before hundreds of gods, instead of just one.” Read more

BOOKS: Getting to Zero: A Roadmap to Ending Animal Shelter Overpopulation in the United States

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From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  January/February 2013:

Getting to Zero:  A Roadmap to Ending Animal Shelter Overpopulation in the United States 2012.  90 pages,  paperback:  $28.95.

Replacing Myth With Math:  Using Evidence-Based Programs to Eradicate Shelter Overpopulation 2010.  138 pages,  paperback.  $19.95 Both by Peter Marsh Town & Country Reprographics:  230 N. Main St., Concord, NH 03301.  Free downloads from:


Getting to Zero:  A Roadmap to Ending Animal Shelter  Overpopulation in the United States could be described as Animal Sheltering Statistics & Economics 1-A,  and should be required reading for everyone aspiring to direct a humane society,  animal control agency,  or dog and cat population control program of any sort––or to make informed judgments about animal shelter management and funding. Read more

The Vegan Police: the Vegan Outreach perspective


From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  October 2012: (Actually published on November 1,  2012.)
Politics,  personal conduct,  and the Vegan Police:  the Vegan Outreach perspective by Matt Ball,  cofounder,  Vegan Outreach 
Having been prompted to do some broader thinking about the status of animal advocacy in the past year,  including contrasting the AR-2012 conference in Washington D.C. with past AR conferences, I have a somewhat different perspective on the issues raised by the editorial in this October 2012 edition of ANIMAL PEOPLE,  “Politics, personal conduct,  and the Vegan Police,” compared to my concerns when we were starting Vegan Outreach in the 1990s.
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