Daily Animal News: Ban on toxicity tests on dogs, whale is dying

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California is the first state in the United States to ban toxicity tests on dogs and cats for pesticides and food additives. These painful tests involve exposing animals to toxic ingredients and chemicals to determine whether they are harmful to humans.

Governor Gavin Newsom signed several measures to advance animal welfare in California, including SB 879 by Senator Scott Wiener, which ends unnecessary toxicological testing on dogs and cats.

“For many families, including my own, pets are beloved companions that enrich our lives every day,” said Governor Newsom. “I’m proud to sign this legislation to advance our state’s leadership on animal welfare by ending cruel and unnecessary testing on dogs and cats, among other measures to protect the health and safety of pets in California.”

Snow Cone is dying
Snow Cone, a 17-year-old female North Atlantic right whale, was seen entangled in fishing gear again. Last year, rescuers removed 300 feet of fishing rope from Snow Cone but feared some was still stuck in her jaw.

“Eighteen months ago, there was hope that disentanglement efforts could remove enough of the gear and that would allow her to survive,” Sharon Hsu, a research assistant at the Anderson Cabot Center for Ocean Life, said. 

“Now, she’s covered in orange cyamids [whale lice]. She was moving so slowly, she couldn’t dive, she just sunk. She’s suffering. There is no longer hope for her survival,” Hsu added.

Scientists said this was the whale’s fifth time being entangled in fishing gear. She even gave birth to a calf while entangled at the end of 2021. A boat killed her first calf; the second one hasn’t been seen since April.

World Rabies Day
On World Rabies Day, 28th of September, animal welfare organization Network for Animals is calling for donations to help vaccinate dogs in Tanzania. Rabies is easily prevented by vaccination, but non-vaccinated dogs are dying from this disease daily in the country.

“Dogs who get rabies die incredibly, painful and undignified deaths, but it’s so easy to prevent it,” Network for Animals said, adding that “it costs just $6 (£5,60) to vaccinate ten dogs against rabies.”

The World Health Organization (WHO) said that rabies is a 100% vaccine-preventable disease and reminded people of the importance of caring for the health of animals, people and the environment.

Badger Horace
After being hit by a car, Horace the badger is slowly recovering from his injuries. The elderly badger is currently spending his time recovering with corticosteroids and painkillers, veterinarian Iain McGill said.

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