Chicken Scratch is an ASPCA Blog feature that highlights interesting news about farm animals and farm animal welfare.
We made ourselves heard! The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has listened to the American public and dropped language from a new poultry slaughter inspection rule that would have increased slaughter line speeds. We sure are relieved, but line speeds are still moving way too fast. The ASPCA was quoted in TheNew York Times, explaining: “It’s not a victory for consumers, workers or animals. [The USDA] maintained the status quo of line speeds that already move too fast.” Thanks to all our supporters who spoke up on behalf of chickens and turkeys!
Something to squawk about…a new trend in “farm to counter”? The New York Times highlights a growing segment of fast-food chains that are shunning factory farming and investing in more sustainable and humane food sources.
In a disappointing ruling, a court decided the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not have to hold hearings on the safety of routine antibiotic use on factory farms. The FDA should listen to its own advice from the 1970s that routinely administering certain antibiotics has “not been shown to be safe.” We’re glad to see three U.S. senators (Dianne Feinstein, Elizabeth Warren and Kirsten Gillibrand) are continuing to push the FDA to take the issue seriously.
We always knew pork lobbyists were aggressive, but this is taking it to the next level. A South Carolina pork lobbyist was recently arrested trying to enter the U.S. Capitol with a gun. The president-elect of the National Pork Producers Council might be walking on eggshells as he’s now facing a potential felony charge.
The ASPCA and the New York City Police Department are reporting significant progress in the fight against animal cruelty since January 1, when the NYPD took the lead role in responding to all animal cruelty complaints in NYC and the ASPCA expanded its direct care support for its victims.
Through June 30, there were 70 arrests and nearly 200 animals rescued and treated by the ASPCA, an increase of nearly 160% and 180%, respectively, over the same period last year.
The record-breaking increases are a result of accelerated and widened police responses to alleged animal abuse complaints, as well as the ASPCA’s increased direct care support for animal cruelty victims, including medical treatment, behavior assessments and rehabilitation, and housing and placement.
“The clear success of this partnership underscores the incredible impact that can be achieved when law enforcement and animal welfare groups collaborate,” says Matthew Bershadker, President and Chief Executive Officer of the ASPCA.
“We are protecting some of New York City’s most vulnerable residents by enforcing laws against animal cruelty,” says Police Commissioner William J. Bratton. “The NYPD will continue this extremely worthwhile partnership with the ASCPA, and we look forward to our continued success.”
The ASPCA has increased our assistance to law enforcement officials in the form of forensics work, comprehensive legal services, field assistance, and ongoing training and educational materials for officers. All eight NYPD patrol boroughs, several detective boroughs, the Housing Bureau, the Transit Bureau, and the Legal Bureau—as well as a number of assistant district attorneys—have been trained by ASPCA staff with extensive NYPD or New York City prosecutorial experience.
By now, you’ve heard of the SyFy channel’s cult classics Sharknado and Sharknado 2. Now the ASPCA is coming at you with our own cinematic masterpiece: Barknado is coming! The forecast includes the cutest storm of the century with a heavy chance of adoptable dogs landing at your feet.
The only way to stop it...is to adopt it! Watch the trailer for Barknado.
We’re releasing Barknado in advance of Bark Week (August 4-9), when we’ll go all out to promote some of our most furiously adorable, adoptable dogs. Stay tuned to aspca.org/blog for all the cute.
Samuel is a friendly guy who loves everybody he meets. This goofy pup is happiest when he’s on the go—he’d enjoy nothing more than an afternoon stroll or run through the park with his favorite people! We think with proper introductions, Samuel could even make a few canine friends.
This smart boy already knows Sit and Paw, and he’d love to have you teach him some other tricks, too. Samuel would like to go home with an experienced and active adopter who will spend quality time playing with him. Samuel would do best in a household with kids 10-and-up. Adopt Samuel today!
Samuel 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 Samuel, please visit his profile page.
The ASPCA Equine Fund’s Rescuing Racers Initiative is pleased to celebrate its fifth year with the announcement of 25 new grant recipients. Launched in 2010, Rescuing Racers Initiative is a major grants program created to aid in the rescue and rehabilitation of retired racehorses—many suffering from career-ending injuries—to save them from slaughter. The inclusion of this year’s recipients brings the program’s total to $1.7 million in equine-related grants since 2010.
“The ASPCA Rescuing Racers Initiative began with an anonymous donation of $1 million, and we’ve been fortunate enough to carry on this much-needed grants program thanks to the continued generosity of that donor and many other animal advocates,” said Jacque Schultz, Senior Director of the ASPCA Equine Fund. “We’re grateful to have the resources to assist these rescues, which provide sanctuary and after-care to retired racers, saving them from ending up at livestock auctions and slaughterhouses.”
This year’s recipients include a wide range of equine rescues from 14 states, and each will be awarded a grant ranging from $1,500-$25,000. The grant funding helps the groups increase capacity for rescuing more horses, and this year primarily focused on training and rehabilitation costs such as veterinary care, therapeutic shoeing, and boarding to recover from career-ending injuries.
“Rescuing is only the beginning,” said Susan Peirce, president and founder of Red Bucket Equine Rescue, one of the grant recipients. “With deep appreciation to the ASPCA Rescuing Racers Initiative, we will be able to continue to rescue, rehabilitate, and train deserving equines.”
The organizations joining the list of rescues and sanctuaries as part of the ASPCA Rescuing Racers Initiative for 2014 are:
Akindale Rehabilitation & Land Conservation, NY
Brook Hill Retirement Center for Horses, VA
Equine Outreach, Inc, OR
The Exceller Fund, KY
FL TRAC, FL
Friends of Ferdinand, IN
Hidden Acres Thoroughbred Rescue, FL
Hooved Animal Humane Society, IL
Kearney Area Community Foundation/Double R Horse Rescue, NE
Kentucky Equine Humane Center, KY
Makers Mark Secretariat Center, KY
MidAtlantic Horse Rescue, MD
Neigh Savers Foundation, CA
New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program, OH
Red Bucket Equine Rescue, CA
Rerun Inc, VA
Second Stride, NY
Southern California Thoroughbred Rescue, CA
Standardbred Retirement Foundation, NJ
Thoroughbred Athletes, OK
Thoroughbred Placement and Rescue, MD
United Pegasus Foundation, CA
Please join us in congratulating this year’s Rescuing Racers Initiative grant recipients!