1. Many of us have long ago stopped using the euphemisms “euthanasia” and “putting them to sleep” to describe the killing of animals who are not irremediably suffering. Euphemisms obscure the gravity of what we are doing and make the task of killing easier.
2. Many of us also reject the term “shelter” to describe pounds that kill. A shelter is a refuge, a haven. By contrast, a pound is “an enclosure maintained for confining stray or homeless animals.” To impound means to “imprison.” Act like a dog catcher and you are a dog catcher.
3. But what about the terms “lifesaving,” “saving lives,” and even “save rates”? Aren’t they euphemisms too? Yes. The vast majority of animals who enter pounds are healthy and treatable and not in danger of dying but for the threat the pound itself poses.
4. Pound employees cannot accurately be described as having “saved” an animal when the only threat the animal faced was the one that they themselves presented.
5. If someone was threatening to kill you, and chose to let you live instead, would you describe that person’s actions as having “saved” you?

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19 Aug
1. Dymka, a cat suffering from frostbite that required amputation of all four of her legs, is walking again thanks to 3D printed titanium legs: bit.ly/3j0H97S. She’s one of many cats and dogs who were either born with a disability or suffered accidents.
2. There’s Vincent and Oscar in the UK and Perseus in Greece. Vito in Italy. And Naki’o in the United States. And then there are the thousands helped by wheelchairs. Technology is not just improving our lives, it is making life better for animals.
3. Yet not everyone is celebrating. In the book “Bad Dog,” Harlan Weaver, a professor of gender studies at Kansas State University, objects to these stories, claiming they “reveal salacious and almost pornographic exceptionalizations of disabled bodies.”
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1 of 5. The No Kill Advocacy Center has model laws that save lives, including legislation that:

​- Makes it illegal to round up and kill community cats;
- Gives rescuers the legal right to save animals from pounds intent on killing them;
2 of 5. - Makes it illegal to kill animals unless those animals are irremediably suffering;
- Makes it illegal for anyone else to kill them, including private veterinarians;
- Prevents people convicted of animal abuse from acquiring animals;
- Bans cruel methods of killing;
3 of 5. - Requires pounds to focus on saving animals, rather than killing them, including providing prompt and necessary veterinary care;
- Prevents landlords from discriminating against renters with pets;

And more.
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1. Today is the anniversary of @peta's illegal taking and killing of Maya from her home: nathanwinograd.com/the-killing-of….
2. On Oct. 18, 2014, two PETA reps backed their van up to a home in Parksley, VA, and threw biscuits to Maya, who was sitting on her porch. They were hoping to coax her off her property and give PETA the ability to claim she was a stray dog "at large": .
3. Maya refused to stay off the property and after grabbing the biscuit, ran back to the safety of her porch. One of the PETA representatives went onto the property and took Maya. Within hours, Maya was dead, illegally killed with a lethal dose of poison: .
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1. CDC says "there is no evidence that companion animals, including pets, can spread COVID-19 to people or that they might be a source of infection in the United States." So why is Maddie's Fund fear-mongering?
2. They are not alone, like the call by nat'l groups to "just stop" doing TNR and essentially abandon "feral" cats to a potentially deadly fate: blog.theaawa.org/open-letter-fr…
3. The information about Covid-19 and pets coming from too many wannabe "leaders" in this movement is not only derivative at best. At worst, it is dangerous. In their bid to make a name for themselves, they are throwing animals under the bus.
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1. A judge has ordered a man who tortured his girlfriend’s cat to death in a case the Sheriff called "one of the most heinous acts of cruelty" he'd ever seen to do community service at an animal shelter: cincinnati.com/story/news/cri…
2. The cat was “hung by a rope and severely beaten, causing the death of the animal” to get back at the woman for breaking up with him. He should be in prison, not an animal shelter.
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