“We were thrilled to see so many people come out this past weekend to give these animals loving homes,” said Jessica Rushin, Senior Partnerships Manager of ASPCA Field Investigations and Response. “Now we’re giving the remaining animals a chance to find homes in other communities. We’re grateful to all of our partner shelters who have stepped up and committed to getting these animals adopted.”
The animals are being transported to the following animal shelters and rescue groups:
Atlanta Humane Society – Atlanta, Georgia
Cat Depot – Sarasota, Florida
Cedar Bend Human Society – Waterloo, Iowa
Greater Birmingham Humane Society – Alabama
Great Plains SPCA – Kansas City, Missouri
Helping Hands Pet Rescue – Micanopy, Florida
Humane Society of Broward County – Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
Humane Society of Charlotte – Charlotte, North Carolina
Humane Society of Memphis and Shelby County – Memphis, Tennessee
Humane Society of Tulsa – Tulsa, Oklahoma
Main Line Animal Rescue – Phoenix, Pennsylvania
SouthEast Beagle Rescue – Tampa, Florida
The shelters and rescue groups listed above will care for the animals until they are ready to be made available for adoption. Additionally, some of the dogs who require behavioral rehabilitation for severe fear and undersocialization will be transported to the ASPCA Behavioral Rehabilitation Center in Madison, New Jersey, where animal behavior experts will provide treatment to help them become suitable for adoption.
In a pivotal decision, a federal judge in Idaho has ruled that an ag-gag law violates the first and fourteenth amendments of the U.S. Constitution, striking this terrible law from the books. This is the first time a court has ruled on the constitutionality of an ag-gag law, and the ASPCA is hopeful that this decision will mark the beginning of the end of these dangerous laws.
The Idaho statute, which passed in 2014 despite outcry from both humane and food industry voices, criminalizes undercover investigations into animal welfare, food safety, or worker safety at industrial farms. Under the law, workers, investigators or good Samaritans could be convicted for documenting and exposing animal abuse or dangerous public health risks.
Exposés on farms are a critical animal-protection tool, forming the basis of animal cruelty prosecutions and spurring reforms to ensure the safety of our food supply. In the past few years, in an effort to protect their bottom line from the consumer awareness these investigations provoke, the animal agriculture industry has been driving the introduction of ag-gag/anti-whistleblower bills in state legislatures across the country. A broad coalition of groups spanning animal welfare, workers’ rights, food safety, sustainable farming and environmental interests has worked together to block over 30 bills. Despite this collaborative work and broad public opposition to these bills, laws have passed in five states.
It is a great victory for farm animals, their advocates and whistleblowers across the country that the dangerous Idaho law has been deemed unconstitutional. The ASPCA applauds this decision and hopes it sends a clear message to the animal agriculture industry that hiding abuses and punishing whistleblowers is no way to conduct business in this country.
Sign the Open the Barns pledge to be an advocate against ag-gag in your state, and spread the word about these dangerous bills to your friends and family.