You may have heard about the growing debate involving the three elephants held at the Woodland Park Zoo. For decades, Watoto, Chai, and Bamboo have languished in a cramped, barren, antiquated exhibit that harms their physical and psychological health. Now the zoo intends to get rid of Watoto. On July 14, 2014 the Seattle City Council refused to hear supporters’ pleas to help save Watoto from being sent to another zoo or exhibit and instead allow her to retire to a sanctuary. [Read more…]
A renewed effort is underway to pass a ban on use of gestation crates in New Jersey for pregnant pigs. A bill, S. 1921, sailed through the legislature with overwhelming support only to be vetoed by Gov. Chris Christie (R).
Goddard’s Law, H.B. 274, is named after Dick Goddard, a beloved weather anchor for WJW Channel 8 in Cleveland, Ohio. Many Ohioans see him as a hero willing to step up for the animals to strengthen Ohio’s weak animal welfare laws. [Read more…]
Another effort is underway in Ohio to pass a law that will allow judges to issue civil or criminal orders of protection for companion animals at risk in situations of domestic violence. [Read more…]