Animal Welfare

The Las Vegas Pet Scene Magazine is dedicated to the Pets of Las Vegas and the people who love them! We love the animals or pets we’ve invited into our hearts and homes and who have become family. We, however, love all animals and though we can’t invite them into our homes, they occupy a space in our hearts and we are concerned about their well being and welfare. Periodically under the Animal Welfare tab we’ll post items of interest, concerns and “Calls to Action”.

Five Freedoms form the basis of Animal Welfare and list the five fundamental freedoms which every animal is entitled: These were formalized in 1979 by the UK Farm Animal Welfare Council and have been adopted by many professional groups including the ASPCA. It is based on the belief that good animal welfare includes both physical fitness, a sense of well being, and a life worth living from their point of view. 

Illinois Becomes Third State to Ban Sale of Animal-Tested Cosmetics

According to the Humane Society the United States is closer to ending unnecessary cosmetics testing on animals since Illinois became the third U.S. state to enact a marketing ban preventing companies from selling cosmetics that have newly been tested on animals. On August 9, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker signed into law a bill that prohibits the sale of cosmetics like shampoos, lipsticks and deodorants unless they are cruelty free.

California and Nevada also have similar laws. Starting January 1, 2020, all cosmetics products on store shelves in these three states will be free of new animal testing. According to Cruelty Free International Hawaii, Maryland, New Jersey, New York and Virginia are also considering a ban on the sale or import of cosmetics that have been tested on animals.  Advocates argue that animal testing on rabbits, mice and rats is cruel and outdated.

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UPDATE: Monday, November 25, 2019, President Trump signed the PACT Act into law, making it the first federal law in U.S. history to deal specifically with animal cruelty and torture. 

November 5, 2019:  The Senate has unanimously passed a bill that makes animal cruelty a federal felony. Under the PACT Act, which stands for Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture, a person can be prosecuted for crushing, burning, drowning, suffocating or impaling animals or sexually exploiting them. The bipartisan legislation passed the House of Representatives in October. It was presented to the President for his signature on November 18th.

September 2019:

New York has become the first state to ban declawing cats in almost all cases, a practice that Gov. Andrew Cuomo called “archaic … inhumane and unnecessary.” –  NY Bans Declawing

Hundreds of Plant-Based Dishes are coming to Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts!  Exciting news ‘plant based options will be available at Walt Disney World and Disneyland –Resorts  Disney Parks offering plant-based options

August 2019:

Harvard Law School recently announced it’s launching an animal law and policy clinic, becoming the latest law school to offer a hands-on course in the rapidly growing area.The clinic will provide students with direct hands-on experience in animal protection litigation, legislation, administrative practice, and policymaking, both in the U.S. and internationally – Harvard Law School launches Animal Law and Policy Clinic  Bloomberg Law News

March 2019:  Exciting news from the state of Ohio – Senate Bill 86 makes shelter pets the official state pet in an effort to raise public awareness. Five other states have rescue or shelter pets as their state pet: Colorado, California, Georgia, Illinois and Tennessee. According to the Humane Society of the United States Texas and Oregon are also considering this designation.

Ohio was also in the news in October 2018 for passing a new anti-puppy mill law (HB506) which is one of the strongest laws nationally dealing with puppy mills. It establishes standards of care for commercial dog breeding. The law deals with the sizes of cages and kennels, states that dogs must have daily exercise and enrichment activities. Dogs must be kept in a clean environment and be provided with good food and water. It mandates routine veterinary care, limits the number of times a female can be bred, and that only healthy dogs can be bred. In addition it requires retailers selling puppies in Ohio to get them from breeders who meet the strict standards.

The new law provides protection for the dogs; helps prevent animal cruelty and abuse and provides for civil penalties and allows local law enforcement officials to pursue criminal charges.

In 2018 Ohio ranked as the second largest puppy mill state in the country. With the passage of this bill Ohio is becoming a leader to help bring the end to puppy mills and animal cruelty in commercial dog breeding.

This law is viewed as model legislation for governing animal cruelty with “backyard breeders”, puppy mills, and online sales of pets.  It establishes guidelines and standards for these activities.

The real key to eliminating these types of animal cruelty lies with the consumer or the purchaser of puppies and pets. It is based on supply and demand. There is a huge supply of shelter pets available; we must all do our part to increase the demand for shelter or rescued pets. First, it is important to increase public awareness of the reality of puppy mill cruelty. A good start is to share the horrors of puppy mills with our family, friends and contacts. Second, promote and encourage adoption will help increase the demand for rescued pets. Share the joys and benefits of pet adoption on your Facebook and social media pages to change the perception that shelter pets are damaged!

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2018 U.S. Animal Protection Laws State Rankings