February 5, 2015: The ASPCA commends New Jersey legislators and Governor Chris Christie for enacting a measure to crack down on New Jersey pet stores that source puppies from inhumane puppy mills. The new law, which goes into effect June 1, requires state pet stores to disclose the origins of the dogs they sell. It also prohibits pet stores from sourcing animals from breeders who fail to meet even the most basic care standards prescribed by federal and state law. If you live in the Garden State, please take a second to send Governor Christie a note of thanks.
“The ASPCA thanks New Jersey lawmakers and Gov. Christie for enacting this law and taking a positive first step towards more humane sourcing of puppies by New Jersey pet stores, which will put pressure on the commercial breeding industry nationwide to end puppy mill cruelty and stop placing profit over the well-being of the dogs in these facilities,” said Debora Bresch, Esq., Senior Director of ASPCA Government Relations for the Mid-Atlantic region and a New Jersey resident. “This new law is critical to our continued effort to end the inhumane treatment of dogs in commercial breeding facilities that exploit both the dogs and consumers in pursuit of profit.”
This morning ASPCA President Matt Bershadker stood on Capitol Hill beside Representative Earl Blumenauer of Oregon as he introduced new legislation to end government-funded and -perpetrated cruelty to animals used in agricultural research. The Animal Welfare in Agricultural Research Endeavors (AWARE) Act, H.R. 746/S. 388, comes in response to the gut-wrenching animal suffering revealed by The New York Times at USDA’s Meat Animal Research Center (USMARC) in Nebraska—a tax-payer funded facility that performs research to make meat production more profitable.
The AWARE Act would require animal agricultural research at federal facilities to meet the minimal standards for humane handling, care, and treatment in the Animal Welfare Act (AWA). The bill would prohibit the type of disregard for animal suffering that is clearly ingrained at the USMARC.
To date, the USDA has provided no explanation nor expressed any remorse for its treatment of the thousands of animals that have been starved, crushed, tortured or left to die painful deaths at the hands of its researchers. While it’s disappointing that the agency with primary enforcement authority for our federal animal welfare statutes—including the Animal Welfare Act, which H.R. 746/S. 388 would amend—behaves so atrociously toward the animals in its own care, we are grateful to have champions like House cosponsors Rep. Blumenauer and Pennsylvania Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick working to right these wrongs. We are also grateful to Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey for introducing the Senate version of the bill and to Wayne Pacelle of The Humane Society of the U.S. for helping us lead the charge.
Gracie is a sweet and friendly pup who just can’t wait to meet her forever family. Gracie can be shy at first, but if you greet her slowly and become her friend, she’ll never leave your side. This energetic girl loves to be on the move and would be thrilled to go home with an adopter who can give her daily exercise to keep her happy and healthy.
Gracie already knows how to “sit,” but she’d love for you to teach her a few more tricks, too. This pretty lady is interested in playing with other dogs and, with proper introductions, she could learn to make a few canine friends! Gracie has a skin condition that requires medication, but our Adoptions team can give you tips on how to manage her needs. Gracie would do best with an experienced adopter in a household with teens-and-up. Adopt Gracie today!
Gracie is available for adoption at the ASPCA Adoption Center. If you are interested in adopting, please call our Adoptions Department in New York City at (212) 876-7700 ext. 4120. To learn more about Gracie, please visit her profile page.
To learn more about Gracie and to see her in action, check out the video below!
Every now and then, we come across a special adoptable pet who needs a little extra help finding a home. This week, we’re shining our Adoption Spotlight on Ronny, a special cat who will make one lucky adopter very happy.
Ronny came into the ASPCA’s care in October 2013. When this sensitive guy first entered the ASPCA Animal Hospital, he was very nervous and had several health conditions requiring medical and dental care. In fact, Ronny was so anemic that he required a blood transfusion. But even while he was very sick, it didn’t take long for his sweet and loveable personality to shine through.
Ronny loves his special food and will do just about anything for a snack—he’s even learning some cool tricks such as jumping on stools and sitting on command. Ronny’s a fast learner, and he’d love to have you teach him a few more tricks.
This resilient guy prefers to have all four paws on the ground, but shows his affection with plenty of chirping and leg rubbing. He loves attention and being stroked by his favorite people! Ronny’s the kind of cat who can get along with everyone, and with the right introductions, we think he’ll become fast friends with your resident dog or cat.
This sweet boy is FIV positive, and his traumatic past left him with large scar on his neck and a few medical needs that will require lifelong care. His conditions can be well-managed with a special diet and monthly shots.
Ronny is a special cat who has been through so much and would love nothing more than to join a forever family who will love and take care of him. If you’re interested in adopting Ronny, please call our Adoptions Department in New York City at (212) 876-7700 ext. 4120. To learn more about Ronny, please visit his profile page and be sure to check out the video below to see him in action!
Have you ever found spare change in your couch cushions? A dollar in your laundry? Most people have. But if you’ve never held that forgotten money in your hand and thought, “This small amount can change a life,” maybe it’s time you did.