The U.S. Senate lost a voice for animals this week with the passing of Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ). A leader on many important pieces of legislation to help animals, his contributions will have a lasting impact for years to come.
In the aftermath of Hurricane Katina, which saw many people forced to leave their animals behind as they evacuated, Sen. Lautenberg helped pass the Pets Evacuation and Transportation Standards (PETS) Act. This legislation, signed into law in 2006, ensures that localities consider pets and animals in their disaster plans. The ASPCA sees the benefits of Sen. Lautenberg’s legacy today as we assist states and municipalities in disaster recovery efforts all across the country.
Senator Lautenberg was also a leader on legislation to protect animals during air travel, and had a special fondness for horses. He was a leader on the Horse Transportation Safety Act, which would ban the cruel transport of horses in double-decked trailers, and was a longtime supporter of legislation to ban the grisly practice of horse slaughter. The senator’s compassion also extended to wildlife. He fought to protect exotic animals from captive hunts; dolphins and whales from brutal slaughters; wildlife and pets from the dangers of lead shot; and polar bears from trophy hunts. He had a big heart and a strong sense of justice.
The ASPCA remembers Sen. Lautenberg for his many years of service to this country and for being a strong voice for animals on Capitol Hill.
Surveys conducted by Lake Research Partners in New Mexico, Missouri and Iowa confirm that an overwhelming majority (70%+) of voters in all three states disapprove of horse slaughter for human consumption and would oppose the opening of horse slaughter facilities in their states. Opposition to horse slaughter for human consumption in these three states is broad and deep, extending across every demographic, regional and partisan group.
Unfortunately, meat processors in at least five states—the three surveyed, as well as Oklahoma and Tennessee—are currently trying to get horse meat plants up and running. The New Mexico processor, Valley Meat Company, passed a USDA inspection in April and its permit to begin slaughtering horses for meat could come through as soon as the end of June.
Take Action There has been no slaughter of horses for human consumption in the U.S. since 2007, but there is no federal law against it. But with your help, we can fix that! Please join us in advocating for Congressional passage of the SAFE Act, a bill that would ban horse slaughter in all 50 states, as well as the transport of our horses over our borders for slaughter in other countries.
1. We’re kicking off the special month of June with a Top Video Catdown contest. Enter your cat’s most adorable or wacky video for a chance to win a year’s worth of Fresh Step litter and a premiere at our livestream event on June 25.
2. With kitten season in full swing, check with your local shelter to see if it needs extra kitty fosters or volunteers to help with the influx of felines.
3. But of course, the best way to celebrate Adopt a Shelter Cat Month is—you guessed it—adopting a shelter cat!
Whether you’re a feline fancier or a dyed-in-the-wool dog person, there’s something you can do for kitties this month—and they really need your help! Visit our Adopt a Shelter Cat Month page to learn more.
A few of the adult Dachshunds had behavioral challenges that required extensive treatment, and they were transported to the ASPCA Behavioral Rehabilitation Center for dogs at St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center in Madison, New Jersey.
These dogs formed part of the inaugural class at the rehab center, which is why we’re extra excited to tell you that four of them—Pepper, Caramel, Lilly and Chrysanthemum—have just become its first graduates!