Progress for Animals in 2017!

Many people and brands have changed the way they think about animal welfare and their rights. Advances in 2017 should be highlighted.  For instance, some pet stores now adopt out shelter animals instead of animals from puppy mills. Individuals are starting to speak out against the practice of displaying animals in public places for profits. However, we still need to work harder to protect animals and more states should make it illegal to sell animals for profit when there are loving animals available for adoption. This positive change will save lives and advance this cause by helping people to recognize animals are living sentient beings with emotions and value that deserve to live out their natural life spans and they can be given a second leash on life with opportunities for adoption.

 In this post, we’ll look at more progress made in safeguarding animal welfare and their rights last year.

1. The U.S. Coast Guard Suspends the Use of Animals in Training Drills. 

Progress was made for animals in the military last year and the U.S. REP. Lucille Roybal-Allard led the efforts in drafting the legislation which was the suspension of the use of animals during training drills by the U.S. Coast Guard. This branch of the military is now looking at other available training methods that do not involve using animals and replacing them with human simulators to carry out training drills instead.

The Coast Guard arrived at this decision after an exposé made the service branch carry out an official review. Remember that pressure from individuals, leading community members and animal organizations can result in significant changes.

2. Fashion Houses such as Gucci, BCBG Max Azria, and Michael Kors Stopped Selling Animal Fur Products. 

More progress was made is in calling for the removal of products that contain fur from runways and retail shops. The result is major players in the fashion industry including BCBG Max Azria, Gucci, and Michael Kors have stopped selling fur products. According to Marco Bizzarri, Gucci’s president and CEO, wearing fur is no longer fashionable. For instance, retail shoppers no longer find it stylish to purchase or wear products that contain the skins of animals, as they have become aware and realize these animals were caged, and then violently put to death.

With the help of individuals such as you, leading community leaders, and many animal organizations progress will continue so that we can ensure that animal lives are protected. The passage of more progressive legislation for animal protection will ensure that the gains made will not be reversed with strong laws and that animals can live in more dignified ways.