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!
It’s finally here! After months of preparation and anticipation, it’s time for the 2013 ASPCA Rachael Ray $100K Challenge. During this exciting three-month competition, from June 1 to August 31, 49 shelters nationwide will compete to break their own adoption records and save the most animals over the same period in 2012. Winners and finalists will earn prize grants, ranging from $5,000 to $100,000, so they can save even more animals in the future.
We’re getting the party started with $100K Challenge kick-off weekend this Saturday and Sunday, June 1 and 2. Participating shelters will host exciting adoption events all weekend long, featuring food, games and plenty of adorable, adoptable animals. Support your local competing shelter by attending a kick-off weekend event. Who knows? You might even bring home a furry new addition to your family. Please visit our events page to find out what’s happening in your area!
Follow all the #100KChallenge action this weekend on Twitter, and best of luck to all the shelters as they embark on this exciting Challenge to save more lives!
ASPCA President & CEO Matthew Bershadker (right) evacuates an animal with Tim Rickey, Vice President of the ASPCA's Field Investigations & Response team, during Hurricane Irene in August 2011.
We are very excited to announce that on June 1 our new President and CEO, Matthew Bershadker, is officially taking the helm. Matt has been with the ASPCA for 12 years and most recently served as Senior Vice President of our Anti-Cruelty Group.
Matt is succeeding Ed Sayres, who expanded the ASPCA’s reach by leaps and bounds during his ten-year tenure and changed the fate of millions of homeless animals. We are immensely grateful for Ed’s service to the organization and the animals who count on us.
Under Matt’s leadership, the ASPCA Anti-Cruelty Group has established a new national standard for responding to animal cruelty cases and natural disasters. He helped form the Field Investigations & Response team to provide skilled support to state and federal agencies during large-scale puppy mill busts, dog fighting raids, animal hoarding cases, and other instances of animal cruelty, as well as natural disasters like the tornado in Joplin and Hurricane Sandy.
Matt has been instrumental in the creation of the ASPCA’s new Behavioral Rehabilitation Center in Madison, New Jersey, the first-ever facility dedicated to the behavioral rehabilitation of canine victims of cruelty. During Matt’s tenure, the ASPCA also launched the Cruelty Intervention Advocacy program, a ground-breaking effort to help protect companion animals that are in danger of potential abuse or neglect, and the No Pet Store Puppies and Farm Animal Welfare campaigns to crack down on puppy mills and vastly improve protections afforded to our country’s farm animals.
In May, when the appointment was announced, ASPCA Board Chair Tim F. Wray said Matt’s “extensive experience, energy and unwavering commitment to animal welfare, coupled with his strong understanding of business management and the non-profit world, make him the ideal leader for the organization as we pursue our mission.”
“I am thrilled to serve the ASPCA, its members and the many communities around the country where we play a vital role,” Matt said. “We have made significant strides on behalf of animals around the country, but there is much more to do.” He added that he looks forward to developing new initiatives “to take animal welfare to the next level.”
Matt lives in New York City with his wife, Nina, son Elias and their dog, Thelma. Please join us as we issue a warm welcome to our new President and CEO!