Welcome to the first Weekly News Bites, which will be a weekly collection of national animal welfare and legal related news from the past week that you may have missed.
Sponsored by Sen. Kirk Watson (D-14), the new law bans the use of gas chambers and is also designed to protect shelter workers from exposure to dangerous working conditions that stem from the use of carbon monoxide.
As part of Tyson Foods’ commitment to proper treatment of farm animals, today the company announced the formation of an independent Farm Animal Well-Being Advisory Panel.
The New Jersey legislature has voted by landslide margins to ban the extreme confinement of breeding pigs in crates so small, they prevent the animals from even turning around for nearly their entire lives. The vote earned applause from The Humane Society of the United States, Farm Sanctuary, Mercy For Animals and the ASPCA.
Gov. John Hickenlooper signed a measure requiring police to undergo training to prevent animals from being shot.
Tennessee joins a roster of states who are strangling ag-gag bills before they can reach the killing floor.
The black Labrador-golden retriever mix gave a 5-year-old girl the courage to talk about how her 31-year-old male relative, Cirilo Alcantara, sexually violated her last year, said District Attorney Daniel Donovan, and that statement led to Alcantara’s conviction last month on sodomy charges.