New bill promises better NJ animal shelters

Right now, what happens to the animals in many New Jersey animal shelters is uncertain, at best. Facility conditions can be unsafe and/or unhealthful; medical treatment, inconsistent; and live-release rates, especially for cats, shamefully low. An “Intake & Disposition” report filed each year with the state supposedly lists animals entering and leaving a given shelter. …

Feds block online animal welfare data

Extensive commentary after last year’s presidential election included the belief – or was it a fervent hope?—that caring for and protecting animals is a bipartisan effort, so activities already underway on behalf of animals would simply continue. Then came reports that US Dept. of Agriculture records having to do with the Animal Welfare Act and …

Considering Canada Geese

Think “Canada goose” and your first image might be a V-formation in the sky. Or geese in water, suddenly diving to harvest bottom grasses. Or, undeniably, the messes they make on sidewalks and paths. But messes happen everywhere, right? In fact, there’s much to be said about these birds that’s positive. And surprising. For instance, …

Poor pigs: loved for all the wrong reasons

(From a phone call to a bakery): “Do you want the ones with bacon or the regular ones?” “Did you say ‘bacon,’ B-A-C-O-N?” “Yes, I did.” OMG! and Ai yi yi! But then . . . why was I surprised? Last fall, I saw billboards for pricey chocolates, with bacon. Then I noticed the doughnuts …

Show your love: spay or neuter

“One cat just leads to another.” –Ernest Hemingway Think February and probably think Valentine’s Day: hearts and flowers, caring, love. There’s also World Spay Day on the last Tuesday of the month – this year, Feb. 28. And building up to that animal-caring and loving day, February is also Spay/Neuter Awareness month! So, happy Spay/Neuter …

Animal activists can be too active

In the interest of keeping APLNJ people – and all others! — alive and well, this cautionary tale comes your way. Earlier this month, a woman affiliated with APLNJ heard that a deer and a car were by the side of the road in front of her home. Being the huge-hearted person she is, she …

Circuses down, pangolins up

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus will go out of business this May. That’s not soon enough, but it’s still great news for all the animals involuntarily involved with the mis-named “greatest show on earth.” TT So “send out the clowns,” as one news story had it. Ring down the curtain on the cruel …

Looking back . . . but mostly ahead

Is it [hunting] really a sport if you have all the equipment and your opponent doesn’t know a game is going on? — Bill Maher TT TT TT Every new year begins with a transition period when we look back as well as forward, wondering how it will all fall out. What was memorable about …

Our new blog: ‘Read all about it!’

There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest. – Elie Wiesel  (1928-2016) TT TT Hello, friends and visitors. Welcome to APLNJ’s blog! TT We wanted another way to fill you in on the Animal Protection League of New Jersey — …