Best And Worst States For Animal Protection Laws, 2017 Report Released
Posted on January 18, 2018
Illinois holds on to first place, Kentucky bottoms out for eleventh year in a row
SAN FRANCISCO—The Animal Legal Defense Fund, the nation’s preeminent legal advocacy organization for animals, released the 12th annual year-end report (2017) ranking the animal protection laws of all 50 states. For the 10th year in a row, Illinois is in first place—followed by Oregon (2), California (3), Maine (4), and Rhode Island (5). Kentucky holds firmly to last place for the 11th consecutive year. It trails Iowa (49), Wyoming (48), Utah (47), and North Dakota (46) as the state with the weakest animal protection laws.
The patchwork of state and local laws is animals’ primary protection. The strength of these laws varies widely, making the Rankings Report a vital resource for anyone interested in helping animals. The Rankings are based on a comprehensive review of each jurisdiction’s animal protection laws including over 4,000 pages of statutes. This is the longest-running and most authoritative report of its kind, and tracks which states are taking animal protection seriously.
Pennsylvania is the most-improved state this year, jumping 20 places up to number 24. This achievement is thanks to major improvements like a new felony provision for first-time offenders of aggravated animal cruelty (including torture), and granting civil immunity to veterinarians who report suspected animal abuse.
The 2017 Rankings Report also highlights a trend in laws aiming to end the tragedy of animals dying in hot cars. Public awareness campaigns have helped improve the situation, but legislation is also a key component. This year’s Rankings Report is promising, showing more states granting civil immunity for removing animals from hot vehicles. Immunity laws ensure that people who rescue animals from vehicles in emergency situations are not then faced with lawsuits from owners. Arizona, California, Colorado, Indiana, Massachusetts, Nevada, and Oregon all enacted these “reckless endangerment” provisions this year. In all, more than 25 states now have some type of “hot cars” law on the books.
More than half of all states significantly improved their animal protection laws in the last five years. Improvements come in many forms including stiffer penalties for offenders, stronger standards of care for animals, animal cruelty reporting by veterinarians, mental health evaluations and counseling for offenders, banning animal ownership following cruelty convictions and including animals in domestic violence protective orders.
“Unfortunately, laws protecting animals can vary widely from state to state,” says Animal Legal Defense Fund Executive Director Stephen Wells. “Our annual U.S. Animal Protection Laws Rankings provides a tool for animal advocates, shelters and even legislators to gauge the relative effectiveness of their state’s animal protection laws and provides guidance for making positive changes.”
The full report, including details about each state, is available here for download (PDF). The Animal Legal Defense Fund’s complete “Animal Protection Laws of the U.S.A. and Canada” compendium, on which the report is based, is available at aldf.org/compendium.
CONVERSATIONS WITH MARY
MESSAGES OF LOVE, HEALING, HOPE And UNITY
by ANNA RAIMONDI
At age five, on a spring afternoon in the backyard of her suburban Long Island home, Anna Raimondi had a profound experience. A contemplative child, she slid her body into the small grotto that once held a statue of the Virgin Mary. As she sat reveling in nature, her body was flooded with a wondrous feeling of pure peace and nurturing love. Then suddenly, Mary was there, smiling and gazing at her with wide mahogany-colored eyes. She looked nothing like her pictures in church, but Anna knew she was the Blessed Mother of Jesus. In a gentle, yet strong voice, Mary spoke, “Anna, I am here for you always. Always come to me.”
Now, decades later, Anna Raimondi is a spiritual counselor and medium, as well as a mother with two grown sons. In Conversations with Mary: Messages of Love, Healing, Hope for Today’s World from the Blessed Mother (Atria Books; $20.00; On Sale October 17, 2017), Anna shares her latest, greatest gift from the mother of humanity: words of clarity and comfort directly from Heaven. Through Anna, her chosen conduit, Mary speaks to all of God’s children—Catholic, Protestant, Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist, and the spiritual but not religious—with universal acceptance, boundless compassion, and immediate relevance. As Anna attests: “Mary’s messages are global, forward-thinking, and transformative.”
Taking on timeless and continually debated questions, Conversations with Mary offers richly insightful, reassuring answers. Each of the ten chapters culminates with a specific meditation, attuned to the power of Mary’s gentle vibration. Through Anna, Mary touches and teaches us troubled, searching mortals truths about:
- A Soul, its immortal nature and the lessons along each soul’s journey from immaturity to spiritual illumination.
- Prayer, its power, the right way to pray, and the difference between surrendering to God and relinquishing responsibility for one’s actions.
- What Happens When We Die, with revelations into the realities of heaven, hell, purgatory, and reincarnation.
- Evil, why it exists in the world, whether there is a “devil,” and what each of us can do to protect ourselves and our children from negative energies.
Conversations with Mary also explores fate and free will, the power of faith, the role of religion and its corruption, the gifts of angels, the path to enlightenment, and how to find harmony in today’s divisive world. Uplifting, illuminating, and thought- and action-provoking, Conversations with Mary is a book for all spiritual seekers and everyone yearning for unity, peace, and love in our troubled times.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Anna Raimondi is a grief counselor, spiritual advisor, and medium with a large following. She lives in Connecticut.
Conversations with Mary:
Messages of Love, Healing, and Hope for Today
by Anna Raimondi
Atria Books | ISBN: 978-1-5011-5635-9 | Pages: 208 |
Price: $20.00 | US Publication date: October 17, 2017
Why Is It Hard To Get Over
A Pet’s Death, And How Do You?
For many people, the death of a pet is akin to losing a relative or friend.
The grief cuts deeply, and for a variety of reasons. The pet becomes a big part of the family as we care for them, play with them, feed them, and love them.
“When we lose a pet, we lose a relationship unlike any other,” says Ken Dolan-Del Vecchio (www.greengateleadership.com), a family therapist and author of The Pet Loss Companion: Healing Advice From Family Therapists Who Lead Pet Loss Groups.
“Many of us love our pets the way we love our children. We provide for their every need. But in the immediate aftermath of this unique loss, too, often family members and friends will tell us, basically, to get over it.
“Instead of devaluing your grief over the loss of this important relationship as others advise, hold dear to that sorrow that follows the loss of your pet. This grief is important, for it will lead you to healing and teach you important things about what matters most in life.”
Dolan-Del Vecchio can discuss for your listeners different ways to cope with the grief of losing a pet.
About Ken Dolan-Del Vecchio
Ken Dolan-Del Vecchio (www.greengateleadership.com) is an author, health and wellness executive, human resources leader, organizational consultant and family therapist with 30 years’ experience in the arena of personal, organizational and community empowerment. His most recent book is Simple Habits of Exceptional (But Not Perfect) Parents. In 2017, he retired from his role as Vice President, Health and Wellness, at Prudential Financial and founded GreenGate Leadership, the firm for which he now provides speaking events, coaching and consultation for organizational leaders. Ken earned his bachelor’s degree in biopsychology at Cornell University and his master's degree in social work at Hunter College of the City University of New York. His books cover the subjects of leadership, parenting, dealing with loss and couple relationships.
"Rescued is a wide-ranging and intensely moving meditation on sharing one's life with adopted dogs. Peter Zheutlin is one of the few journalists who have taken on the complex world of animal rescue and actually gotten it right."
—Bronwen Dickey, author of Pit Bull: The Battle over an American Icon
“Rescue a dog, and the dog will rescue you. I can vouch for that, and Peter Zheutlin does a lovely, moving job of exploring the subject. Rescued is a delightful read.”
—Dean Koontz, New York Times bestselling author
What Second-Chance Dogs Teach Us About Living with Purpose, Loving with Abandon, and Finding Joy in the Little Things
By Peter Zheutlin
While many of us have heard the “adopt don’t shop” expression, what most people don’t realize is just how vast the canine overpopulation problem is: 3.3 million new dogs enter U.S. animal shelters each year, at least 20% of which are euthanized[i] (these numbers are conservative when you start digging). There are an estimated 78 million pet dogs in the U.S[ii], yet less than a quarter are adopted from rescues and shelters. In his New York Times-bestselling book RESCUE ROAD, journalist Peter Zheutlin introduced us to Greg Mahle of Rescue Road Trips and the remarkable, heartwarming story of how one man (and many selfless volunteers) saved over thirty thousand hard-luck dogs from the South.
Peter Zheutlin’s new book RESCUED: What Second-Chance Dogs Teach Us About Living with Purpose, Loving with Abandon, and Finding Joy in the Little Things is a natural follow up to Rescue Road. Zheutlin interweaves heartwarming and humorous stories, lessons, and advice from countless families who have welcomed second-chance dogs into their homes and the transformative effect of these adoptions.Zheutlin captures the beautiful as well as the challenging moments that will resonate with any pet owner, such as:
- Knowing the moment your dog feels “home,” as shared by Ronnie Stanley, a first round NFL draft pick for the Baltimore Ravens, who adopted Lila, a notoriously “hard-to-adopt” pit bull mix.
- The new perspectives gained as a dog owner: “If I’m running late for work,” recounts Ericka Kofkin, whose pit bull Zosia only has two legs due to being run over by a train, “I can get grumbly at her slow progress. But then I turn around to check on her and see how hard she’s working and all the effort in her little face and instantly melt… She always acts like I’m giving her the greatest gift in the world.”
- The many ways in which dogs can help comfort, support, and guide us: As wheelchair-bound Ellen Leigh notes of her service dog, “Ricky helps me with many tasks and gives me independence. He opens doors literally and figuratively. He touches people’s hearts and because of that, I make a connection with lots of people. It’s a wonderful, life-changing partnership. My doctors agree Ricky has improved my health and he’s renewed meaning and purpose in my life.”
Owning a dog, rescued or otherwise, “isn’t going to be one continuous Hallmark moment” – there will always be challenging behaviors, unexplained fears, and a love for rolling in poop and mud. But most importantly, these resilient dogs and their awe-inspiring stories help us put the trials and tribulations of our daily lives into perspective, helping us live every day with greater appreciation and gratitude.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
PETER ZHEUTLIN is a freelance journalist and bestselling author, whose work appears regularly in major national publications, including The Boston Globe and The Christian Science Monitor. For more information, visit his website, www.peterzheutlin.com.
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What Second-Chance Dogs Teach Us About Living with Purpose, Loving with Abandon,
and Finding Joy in the Little Things
By Peter Zheutlin
On Sale October 3, 2017
TarcherPerigee Paperback | ISDN-13: 978-1-101-98285-3 | $16.00
[i] The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
[ii]APPA National Pet Owners Survey 2015-1026 by the American Pet Products Association
Experience the timeless tale three different ways along with all-new bonus features!
Today on National Spaghetti Day, January 4th, we are proud to announce that this February, Disney's cherished animated classic, "Lady and the Tramp," joins the highly celebrated Walt Disney Signature Collection. Every member of the family will treasure this timeless tale—loaded with three versions of the film, classic bonus material and three all-new features—when it heads home on Digital and on Movie Anywhere Feb. 20 and on Blu-ray on Feb. 27.
The Walt Disney Signature Collection edition offers three exciting ways to watch "Lady and the Tramp"—the original theatrical version, sing-along mode and Walt's story meetings—both Digitally and via the Multi-screen Edition (formerly the Blu-ray Combo Pack). The Multi-screen Edition includes Blu-ray, DVD and a Digital copy, giving in-home consumers the flexibility to watch the film on different devices. In addition to classic bonus features, all-new extras invite viewers to enter Walt Disney's original office suite on the Studio lot, discover Walt's personal passion for pups, and receive a celebrity-hosted spaghetti and meatballs cooking lesson.
Check out a new trailer here:
Talkin' Pets News
December 23, 2017
Host - Jon Patch
Co-Host - Jillyn Sidlo - Celetrial Custom Dog Services
Producer - Daisy Charlotte
Network Producer - Quin McCarthy
Executive Producer - Bob Page
Special Guests - Celebrity Dog Trainer, Kaelin Munkelwitz will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 12/23/17 at 5pm EST to discuss and give away her book, The Puppy Training Handbook
National Dog Trainer Sara Carson who placed 5th on America's Got Talent this year will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 12/23/17 at 630pm EST to discuss Hero and The Super Collies and her training methods
Denise Fleck, Pet Safety Crusader, will join Jon and Talkin' Pets this Saturday 12/23/17 at 720pm EST to discuss how to help pets and their parents this holiday season
How a 20 Something Year Old Celebrity Dog Trainer is Disrupting the
Dog Training Industry
In exciting news for puppy and dog enthusiasts, All Things Pups founder Kaelin Munkelwitz
has announced the release of her new Book “The Puppy Training Handbook”. Excitement
surrounding the new book is high.
November 3rd, 2017
Kaelin Munkelwitz, founder of All Things Pups, is a worldfamous
dog trainer with clients that include many
celebrities, social media influencers and some of the most
successful business people in the US. With over ten years and
thousands of hours of experience, on top of a natural near
magical ability to make connections with the beloved pet,
Munkelwitz possesses a unique insight into dog and puppy
training that many people have wanted to learn more about.
That opportunity recently came to life, with the exciting
release of Munkelwitz's new book release “The Puppy
“If you want to learn how to raise the dog of your dreams,”
commented Munkelwitz about her new book. “The Puppy
Training Handbook is a great resource, packed with the
amazing lessons and tips, that I have worked hard to learn over the years. I hope my
readers find it valuable.”
According to the much-loved and respected puppy and dog trainer, some highlights of “The
Puppy Training Handbook”, include: information on house training, crate training and basic
obedience training; how to get a puppy to listen to and obey basic commands; a list – and
how to solve – the top 20 dog training problems; valuable tips that can go a very long way
to keeping a dog healthy; and, possibly best of all, “Kaelin's 5 Golden Rules of Dog
Early reviews for “The Puppy Training Handbook” and her
personal work as a dog trainer have been beyond
Danielle Bernstein, Founder of WeWoreWhat.com, Forbes
30 Under 30, recently said in a five-star review, “Kaelin is
the REAL dog whisperer! This is the one and only book
every dog lover needs to train an obedient pup.”
Lauren Elizabeth, Actor and YouTube Star, remarked about
the breakthrough new book, “A trained dog truly makes a
happy home. Thanks to Kaelin and The Puppy Training
Handbook I now have a perfect pup, zero dog stress and a
For more information be sure to visit http://allthingspups.com or check out “The Puppy
Training Handbook” available in both Kindle and paperback editions on Amazon at http://
Kaelin Munkelwitz Contacts
Pet Safety Crusader™ Relocates to Villa Rica
15,000 Students, 10 Books and More to Accomplish!
DENISE FLECK, Founder of Sunny-dog Ink, the company she started in 1999 To
Help People Help Their Pets™, recently relocated to Villa Rica, Georgia from Los
Angeles and is pleased to continue teaching, writing and speaking on behalf of the
animals in the Peach State. "It is so rewarding to help pet lovers rescue Rover or
help Fluffy feel better BEFORE they can get to veterinary care, and I have been
blessed to have so many students jump to the task bandaging a wound, alleviating
choking, heatstroke or performing CPR,” she explains.
Dog mom Shirley DeFazio says, “I just can’t believe I saved my pet’s life thanks to
Denise’s class!” DeFazio performed life-saving measures when her beloved Doberman suffered
Fleck is an award-winning author & radio show host and animal care instructor who developed the curriculum for her Pet
First-Aid & CPCR (Cardio Pulmonary Cerebral Resuscitation) Classes after training, practicing, attending seminars and
practicing some more. She has taught more than 15,000 animal lovers life-saving skills and has appeared on Animal
Planet’s “Groomer Has It” and “Pit Boss,” A&E’s “Kirstie Alley’s Big Life,” CBS-TV’s “The Doctors,” CNN Headline
News, PBS-TV’s “Lassie’s Pet Vet,” “K9Corner” and KTLA Los Angeles, on radio and in magazines. She is honored and
delighted to be on the Board of The Grey Muzzle Organization as her soft spot lies with caring for senior pets, as well as
the Board of the Emma Zen Foundation which provides pet oxygen masks to First Responders.
Fleck’s 10th book, “The Pet Safety Bible” will be available in early 2018 but her most recent release, “The Pet Safety
Crusader’s My Pet & Me Guide to Disaster PAWparedness,” discusses an important topic in light of Mother Nature’s
recent rampages. Fleck has assisted Homeland Security with their K9 Border Patrol First-Aid Program and received
kudos from the Burbank (California) Police Department & Animal Shelter for drafting their Animal Emergency Plan. She
has been twice-named a finalist as Pet Industry’s Woman of the Year and has won 2 Muse Awards from the Cat Writers
and 3 Maxwell Medallions from the Dog Writers Associations including Best Children’s Book for “Don’t Judge a Book
by its Cover,” which according to Fleck, “Teaches kids from 0-99 to not judge animals, people, anything on the surface
but to look for the treasures that lie underneath.”
“I was born in Florida and after years on the West Coast, I am delighted to call
Georgia home amongst all the beautiful greenery, rainfall and friendly people –
I’m really anxious to see the first colors of Fall!”
Fleck just returned from a road-trip to New Orleans where she once again had the
honor of speaking at the Pet Sitter World Educational Conference which was
attended by hundreds of professional pet sitters and industry experts from the
U.S. and Canada. Said Beth Stultz, PSI's Vice-President, Marketing &
Operations, “Because professional pet sitters spend more time with clients' pets
than most other pet professionals, it is particularly important that they stay current
on the latest in pet health and care. The Sunny-dog Ink pet first aid training
provides pet sitters with the skills they need to administer aid and respond to
emergency situations before a veterinarian is available.”
Fleck is available to come to your location for children’s book readings, Pet
First-Aid & CPCR Classes, Pet Disaster Preparedness & Senior Pet Care talks as
well as other animal-related topics. Learn more at www.PetSafetyCrusader.com
Sara Carson Wins National Dog Trainer of the Year Honor
2017 A Year to Rember for Trick Dog Trainer
Milltown, WI, December 15, 2017 (Newswire.com) - When it comes to dog trainers, few have had a bigger breakout year than the 2017 Greatmats National Dog Trainer of the Year - Sara Carson of The Super Collies.
Well known as the America's Got Talent finalist who moved from Canada to the United States and built a name for herself and her dog, Hero, while living out of her car, Sara inspired people from all across the country to pursue their dreams - even if others close to them do not share their passion.
Despite now being recognized as one of the top trick dog trainers in the world, the 23-year-old up and comer said, ''I don't think I've ever been nominated for an award before. ... It means a lot to me. I've been a dog trainer for about 12 years now. So just the fact that some people take time out of their day to vote for me says I'm doing something right I guess - because there are a lot of dog trainers. That support is really great. I'm really thankful for it.''
That's just one aspect that made this year's nomination for Greatmats National Dog Trainer of the Year Award so special. The other is the fact that joining her in the finals was another dog trainer she knows and respects - Dee Hoult of Applause Your Paws of Miami, Florida.
''I'm actually quite good friends with her,'' Sara said of Dee. ''I stayed at her house for a few days and went to her training facility. I'm supposed to be teaching there next year.''
In the meantime, Sara's still spending most of her time on the road - as she has done for the last 3 years after leaving the training facility she had started in Canada at the age of 15. Aside from the performance side of her job, Sara's also helping others train their dogs through an app, called Puppr, that she came out with less than a year ago and now reaches about 6,000 users per month.
''When I was on the road in my car, I wanted a way to kind of reach out to people more so we came up with that thing and it's been a really really cool experience, getting people just emailing me and sending in their footage of their training, and I help them digitally,'' she said.
As the winner of the Greatmats National Dog Trainer of the Year Award, Sara has chosen to receive Greatmats Dog Agility mats as her prize.
''I did just get a house which is super exciting,'' Sara said. ''I need a little indoor training space for my dogs, and I think that would be a super cool opportunity.''
Runner Up Dee Hoult
No stranger to having a strong support system in the dog world, Dee Hoult was still surprised and pleased to know that people are following her work and recognizing what she and her trainers at Applause Your Paws are doing.
''They really care and are really passionate about all of the things that we do,'' Dee said of her clients and community.
She also noted how much fun it was watching her supporters throughout the contest.
''I love how into it people get. I love being reminded how engaged my customer base really is. A majority of the people that contributed to our vote count are actually our customers. We have about 5,000 person customer base.''
Dee, who won her first blue ribbon with one of her dogs at age 5, is now 35 and has been a professional in the industry since 2006. She was nominated due to the work she has done in the Miami-Dade County Rehabilitation Boot Camp, helping inmates through dog training. But that is just one part of how she has inspired those around her. She is also passionate about helping community and county shelters lessen the number of animals that are euthanized each day by working with the transfer office to get friendly animals new homes in other parts of the country.
Sara and Dee combined to accumulate more than 2,500 votes in the annual contest, which saw its largest voting turnout ever. More than 3,800 total votes were cast in the 3rd Annual Greatmats National Dog Trainer of the Year Contest.
Talkin' Pets News
December 16, 2017
Host - Jon Patch
Co-Host - Jillyn Sidlo - Celestrial Custom Dog Services
Producer - Zach Budin
Network Producer - Quin McCarthy
Executive Producer - Bob Page
Special Guests - Spirit - A book of Happiness for Horse Lovers - edited by Anouska Jones & Patch and Ruby written by Jones she will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 12/16/17 at 5pm EST to discuss and give away her books
Bash Dibra - Author and Celebrity Dog Trainer joins Jon and Talkin' Pets 12/16/17 at 630pm EST to discuss holiday tips and pets.
Melissa Taylor author of A Runtamuffin Tale will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 12/16/17 at 721pm EST to discuss and give away her new childrens book