Hawaii tries to ban eating cats and dogs
Article from New York Post:
HONOLULU — Animal lovers in Hawaii packed a legislative hearing room Thursday with poodles and pugs, asking lawmakers to ban the practice of eating cats and dogs in the state.
The House Committee on Agriculture later advanced SB 2026, a bill to ban the practice.
The Humane Society of the United States says dog slaughter for human consumption is happening across Hawaii. The group receives at least two reports a year of dogs or cats being slaughtered for food, but it says it’s hard for law enforcement to catch animal slaughterers.
“When we do get these reports of cases of dog or cat slaughter, unless they’re caught in the act, law enforcement is not able to really prosecute,” said Inga Gibson, Hawaii senior state director for the Humane Society, which pushed for the bill.
Eating meat from cats and dogs is considered acceptable in other countries, including parts of Asia. And while many Americans eat pigs or cows, consuming meat from those animals is vilified elsewhere.
The Oahu Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals said dogs and cats are considered members of many families.
One woman, Sara Knaus, cradled a Pomeranian as she read a note that her son wrote to lawmakers.
“I love my dog too much and all dogs should be loved, not eaten,” Knaus read. Dogs can help people with disabilities, she said, noting the letter was…………………continues on New York Post
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Dog rescued in Sonoma County after falling over cliff
Article from KTVU San Francisco:
SONOMA COUNTY, Calif. —
Sonoma County sheriff’s deputies rescued a dog that became stranded after falling over a cliff along the Sonoma coast Saturday afternoon.
The dog’s owner called 911 at about 1:45 p.m. to report that her dog, a black Labrador retriever, had fallen over a cliff in the Portuguese Beach area, according to the sheriff’s office.
Knowing from prior experiences that bystanders may often risk their own lives trying to save animals in distress, the sheriff’s office launched its helicopter “Henry-1” to the scene.
The helicopter quickly located the dog about 40 feet down the 90-foot cliff, perched on a 2-foot-by-2-foot ledge and unable to move without falling, according to the sheriff’s office.
The pilot of the helicopter landed nearby and a deputy sheriff affixed a 100-foot “long line” to the belly of the aircraft.
The deputy then attached himself to the bottom of the line and was flown to the ledge where the dog was stranded.
The dog was wearing a chest harness, which the deputy used to help secure the dog, according to the sheriff’s office.
Once the dog was secured, the animal was flown to the top of the cliff and released to Bodega Bay fire personnel, who quickly reunited the dog with its owner.
The rescue took less than three minutes to complete, the sheriff’s office reported.
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