Awesome news! Last week, as we marked the 50th anniversary of National Poison Prevention Week (March 18-24), the ASPCA also congratulated Representatives John Campbell (R-California) and Peter DeFazio (D-Oregon) for introducing H.R. 4214—legislation that will protect pets and wildlife from Compound 1080 and sodium cyanide.
Already banned in several states, these deadly chemicals are still used by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services agency to kill wildlife considered nuisances by ranchers and landowners. However, unattended traps often expose serious risks to pets and humans.
Compound 1080 is an extremely lethal poison with no antidote. After its misuse led to many human deaths in the 1950s and 1960s, the Environmental Protection Agency banned it. Unfortunately, after intensive lobbying from the livestock industry, the poison was re-approved in the 1980s for use in "Livestock Protection Collars," devices worn by sheep and other livestock that release the poison when punctured by wild predators.
M-44 devices are traps that release a deadly dose of sodium cyanide when an animal makes contact with the device. Often left unmarked, these devices endanger roaming pets. Just last year in Texas, a pet dog named Bella was killed by an M-44 device containing sodium cyanide set by Wildlife Services less than a mile from her family’s home.
"Compound 1080 and M-44 sodium cyanide capsules are lethal, dangerous and unnecessary poisons," says Representative DeFazio. "I am pleased to support this legislation, which would halt the use of these needlessly dangerous poisons permanently."
Busted! ASPCA Humane Law Enforcement Agents have arrested Brooklyn resident Daniel Lawson for allegedly slicing the leg of his two-year-old male cat, Velet.
On Saturday, March 17, Agents responded to a complaint that a cat was brought into Animal Care & Control’s Brooklyn facility with a severe, six-inch cut to his right hind leg. Agents quickly brought Velet to ASPCA Bergh Memorial Animal Hospital. An ASPCA investigation determined that Lawson inflicted Velet’s wound with a metal bar.
Lawson, 24, was arrested by ASPCA Special Agent John Akdikmen and charged with one count of misdemeanor animal cruelty. If convicted, he faces up to one year in jail and a $1,000 fine. Lawson is due in Kings County Criminal Court on April 25.
ASPCA veterinarians expect Velet to make a full recovery. He’ll then become available for adoption!
If you know of an animal whose health is being compromised by neglect or abuse, please report it. Visit our Report Cruelty FAQ to learn how to report cruelty in your neighborhood.
It's ON! We'll be bringing you LIVE updates this weekend from ASPCA Mega Match-A-Thon adoption events across the country! Follow the hashtag #ASPCAMegaMatch on Twitter for event details and LIVE updates of pets across America finding new homes!
Spring is here, people, and it’s time to meet your match—your four-legged match! That’s why the ASPCA is teaming up with dozens of animal shelters across the country for the first-ever ASPCA Mega Match-a-thon! This weekend (March 30-April 1), more than 50 animal rescues across the country are joining forces to co-host some epic adoption events. The ASPCA threw in almost $500,000 to help them adopt out a whole bunch of cats and dogs.
“We hope the grant funding will help these rescue organizations—in collaboration with other groups in their community—save a record number of lives during the ASPCA’s ‘Mega Match-a-thon’ event,” says ASPCA President & CEO Ed Sayres. “If we all work together, we can find loving homes for the many homeless animals in shelters across the country.”
So what can you do to help? So much! Check it out:
First, find out if there’s an adoption event near you this weekend by visiting your local shelter’s website.
Second, go to said event and adopt, adopt, adopt! You can also volunteer your time; shelters can always use an extra hand or four.
And, finally, don’t forget to spread the word! Share this article on Facebook and Twitter and make sure everyone makes adoption their first option this weekend and every day of the year.
To see the cute mugs of adoptable animals in your area, visit our nationwide database of cats and dogs looking for good homes.
Guest blog post from Nancy Perry, Senior Vice President of ASPCA Government Relations.
Sure the U.S. Secret Service is responsible for the safety of our nation’s leaders and foreign dignitaries. However, their duties apparently don’t end there—as one “lucky duck” and her babies learned firsthand.
Yesterday, the mother duck and babies decided to pay a visit to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. In order to reach the White House garden, the mother had no trouble hopping over a short curb. To the tiny ducklings, however, it might as well have been Mount Everest. They huddled together, unable to hurdle the barrier.
As a crowd of tourists and onlookers gathered, two uniformed Secret Service officers standing nearby decided to help out. First, they tried to construct a makeshift ramp, but the skittish babies preferred to hide underneath it. Finally, the officers took direct action, carefully scooping up the ducklings and reuniting them with their mother while the audience cheered.
While the ASPCA works hard on local and nationwide efforts to improve the treatment of animals, this simple act of kindness serves as a reminder that each of us is capable of making a difference. The ASPCA thanks these two officers for exemplifying that potential.
Sure, National Puppy Day is the perfect time to celebrate the super-cuteness of puppies…but it’s also the time to speak out about the cruelties associated with puppy mills and further our mission for a nation of puppy-free pet stores. To help you celebrate, we’ve come up with a few actions you can take today to help end puppy mill abuse:
Take the Puppy Mill Pledge That puppy who charmed you through the pet shop window most likely came from a puppy mill. Please sign our pledge against puppy mills and promise not to buy your next pet or any pet supplies from retail stores that sell puppies.
Join the Fight Inform your state and federal legislators that you are disturbed by the inhumane treatment of dogs in puppy mills, and would like to see legislation passed to protect these dogs. Keep up to date on legislation to ban puppy mills by joining the ASPCA Advocacy Brigade.
Speak Out If someone you know is planning on buying a puppy, please direct them to our puppy mill information page. Let them know that there are perfectly adorable dogs—of all breeds and sizes—waiting to be adopted at shelters across the nation.
Donate Your Facebook Status or Tweet Give your status update or tweet to an adoptable dog. It’s the best way to help animals find the forever homes they deserve.