Angst over possible ban of dachshund in Germany

Dachshund going for a walk in a beautiful park on a beautiful evening

You might know that in Germany they have a concept called “torture breeding“. In that country they believe that if breeders create animals which are inherently unhealthy they should be banned. It applies to certain cat breeds such as flat-faced Persians and the hairless Sphynx. This story from The Times does not refer to …

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Washington becomes the 12th U.S. state to ban cosmetic testing on animals

Ban on cosmetic testing on animals in Washington state is a good animal welfare step forward

Washington has recently passed a law to become the 12th U.S. state to ban the sale of cosmetics that have been newly tested on animals. This legislation, known as H.B. 1097, was signed into law by Governor Jay Inslee. The move is a significant step towards reducing animal cruelty in the cosmetics industry and …

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In which US states is it illegal to hunt cougars?

Female cougar and her cubs against a wild mountainous backdrop

In the United States, the legality of hunting cougars varies by state. It is illegal to hunt cougars for sport in California, which is the only western state with a large cougar population that prohibits such hunting. In other states, there may be regulated hunting seasons and specific rules governing the hunting of cougars. …

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Is animal welfare poorer in autocracies compared to democracies?


There’s a good chance that animal welfare is weaker in autocracies compared to democracies, but it’s not a simple yes or no answer. Despite that balanced beginning, I think you can almost guarantee that in autocracies and dictatorships, animal welfare is poorer than in true, well-established democracies. I discuss the topic below. For me, …

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Governor of the state of Virginia is about to sign off a ban on cat declawing

The legislature of the US state of Virginia has debated a ban on cat declawing and it is before the Governor for signing off

The Virginia Mercury online newspaper tells me that the legislature of Virginia has debated a ban on cat declawing under House Bill 1354: Prohibiting declawing cats. This is very welcome news to people like me as anybody who reads this website will know. The bill is before the governor for signing off as I …

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Singapore’s strict domestic cat ownership rules are ahead of the world

Singapore is ahead of the world on domestic cat ownership including licensing and general regulations

I am a fan of domestic cat licensing and regulation. I am a fan of using the law to force an improvement in domestic cat caregiving. This is to improve animal welfare and reduce the number of feral cats in the world. There is far too much feral cats suffering. Singapore is ahead of …

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Impose strict proactive rules to solve the feral cat problem

Proactively solving the feral cat problem worldwide through strict liability laws and tougher punishments

Over many years, the experts and the websites have discussed the so-called “feral cat problem”. This is the procreation of domestic cats that become unwanted and which procreate in the wild and create feral cats. The root cause of this problem is unsatisfactory cat ownership. Once you don’t neuter and spay cats and they …

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