Cheers and Jeers
CAMBRIDGE BANS SALES OF COMMERCIALLY BRED PETS
Cheers to the city of Cambridge, Mass., for passing a sweeping ban on the sale of non-rescued animals in pet stores. The ordinance, passed by the Cambridge City Council, prohibits the sale of commercially-bred dogs and cats, as well as birds, amphibians, reptiles, arachnids, and so-called pocket pets, such as hamsters and gerbils. Despite opposition from Petco and PetSmart—the two main pet shops in Cambridge—Laura Hagen, deputy director of a Massachusetts-based animal advocacy society, wrote that “Residents have been enthusiastically supportive [of the ban], indicating that they want to see Cambridge leave the inhumane animal supply chain.” While more than 200 jurisdictions across America have banned non-rescued dog and cat sales, Cambridge has gone much further, protecting more than just cats and dogs.
GREYHOUND RACING PARK CLOSES
We have big cheer because a Mobile, Ala., greyhound racing park shuttered its doors over the summer due to declining market demand. We are thrilled that there is a change in what people of Alabama view as entertainment. According to media reports, in 1991 there were 62 active greyhound tracks unsupported by other forms of gaming in the state—but there will only be one left now that Mobile Park is gone. There are currently 18 dog tracks remaining in six states: Texas, Arkansas, Iowa, Alabama, West Virginia and Florida. If you live in any of those states, you can write letters to the editors of your local paper to raise awareness about the cruelty of greyhound racing so they too will be put out of business.
DONALD TRUMP JR. STILL OBSESSED WITH HUNTING
Jeers to Donald Trump Jr. for ditching his Secret Service detail during the fall to go on a moose-hunting trip in the Yukon, according to a report in The New York Times. Trump purposely abandoned the protections when he travelled to the sparsely populated northwest Canada territory, where he spent a week with a few friends and a hunting bow, attempting to murder members of the majestic and peaceful moose population there and apparently succeeding because he told the press, he killed a moose — “big one, too,” he said. Trump’s son’s obsession with hunting has everything to do with ego, animal cruelty and wealth. But money doesn’t make killing ok.