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Dawn O Watson/CNBNews Contributor


In 1828 New York initiated the first laws that outlawed animal cruelty. In 1866 the ASPCA was created.

In 1966 the Animal Welfare Act was created to set minimum standards for the care, sale, and overall handling of domestic animals. In 1970 the AWA broadened its scope to require anesthesia for lab experimentation on animals.

Gestation-cratesIn 1980 People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) was founded. In 1990 the AWA was amended to require that all dogs and cats be held in shelters for five days before they are allowed to be sold to research facilities.

In 2002 the AWA was amended to redefine the term “animal” thus excluding birds, rats, and mice from ethical treatment in laboratories. This meant that experiments could be performed upon them without the use of anesthetics.

Between 2006-20013 many states passed legislation banning the use of gestational crates for farm animals. It was not until 2018 that New Jersey banned the use of Cagesgestational crates (crates so small that farm animals were unable to turn around).

There are still unlicensed breeders, puppy mills, and pet stores that sell dogs and cats in the state of New Jersey and elsewhere. Rabbits, ferrets, and other small animals are still being sold in pet store chains. Chickens are still being housed indoors, throughout their lives, never seeing sunshine or feeling grass beneath their feet.

If you witness animal cruelty or neglect, whether the animal or animals are on a farm, in a store, or on the street, please be their voice. Call your local police department or ASPCA immediately.

Wado udohiyu, (thank you very much in the Cherokee language)
Dawn Watson
Owner, Brother of the Wolf, LLC

Image: Laikamagazine.com--pigs in gestational crates

Image: Fall Poultry Press--chickens raised in wire cages