31 US states allow people to smash car windows to save a pet in hot weather

US states allowing ‘reasonable force’ to save an animal cooking in a hot vehicle

I am told that a ‘heat dome’ has decided to site on top of the United States of America which potentially jeopardises life and limb for people and pets. Heat domes can cause extreme, freakish temperatures. Of particular concern are pets left in the back of cars with windows closed and no means to …

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Save rescue animals’ lives. Email California State Assembly Committee urgently. April 2024.

Writing an email to California's Assembly Committee lobbying for AB2265!

This is a cross post to help publicise it. America’s foremost animal rescue advocate, Nathan Winograd, is campaigning to enact a piece of legislation passing through California’s legislature at the moment which would save the lives of rescue animals in California. It’s very important. It’s a piece of legislation which makes common sense. It’s …

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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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Is animal welfare poorer in autocracies compared to democracies?

Autocracy

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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British celebrities challenge Rishi Sunak to push through legislation banning the importation of hunting trophies

Hunting Trophies Import Prohibition Bill has stalled in Parliament

NEWS AND OPINION: Rishi Sunak is reneging on his promise to ban the importation of sport hunting trophies, usually from Africa and often from South Africa where there’s lots of canned hunting. This is when the organisers put lions (and other animals) into a fenced compound and allow rich businessmen to shoot them dead …

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The Animals (Low-Welfare Activities Abroad) Act bans the advertising and sale of specific unethical activities contrary to animal welfare

Tiger temple

Like any decent animal advocate, I am delighted to briefly talk about a new British act of Parliament, the Animals (Low-Welfare Activities Abroad) Act. It’s a bit of a mouthful but it’s important. Essentially, it stops companies and other businesses in Britain advertising and selling “specific unethical activities abroad where animals are kept in …

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In 1821, in the UK Parliament, there were howls of laughter about protecting cats

Illustration showing interior of House of Commons

Times have moved on substantially from 1821 in Britain. I think this was a time when the consequences of an era called The Enlightenment were being felt. Animal welfare in Britain was being discussed in Parliament perhaps for the first time. The first proposal for a law to prevent abuse of animals was a …

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New York State animal protection laws (with comments)

New York State animal protection laws

New York State’s animal protection laws are comprehensive and extensive which is unsurprising to me as it is one of just two US states which ban cat declawing (Aug 2023). The governing politicians are progressive. Because the law is extensive, I’ve focused on those parts that concern domestic cats and dogs together with other …

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