Weeks ago, the PETS Act was signed into law. Under the new legislation, only states that have instituted evacuation protocols for animals will receive FEMA funds; the law will also allow for the creation of shelters that can accommodate animals as well as their guardians. The Act was proposed following Hurricane Katrina, when scores of pet owners were forced to leave their companion animals behind. Now “… nobody will ever again have to confront the choice between personal safety and that of their animal companions.”
On the other side of the coin, British animal rights group Speak has been banned from printing the names of companies involved in the building of the new animal lab at Oxford University. So much for Britain’s being more progressive than the U.S. when it comes to animal welfare—their version of the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act can’t be far behind.