Action items for you on July 17, 2024:

ALDF: Illinois Becomes Second State to Require Courts to Consider Wellbeing of Companion Animals in Custody Disputes

The new law, effective Jan. 1, 2018, amends the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act to empower courts to create joint responsibility agreements (similar to shared custody) in cases where a couple is fighting over custody of an animal.

MERCY FOR ANIMALS: Trump Administration Just Reversed Protections for Animals at Organic Farms

This week, due to corporate pressure, the USDA officially removed Obama-era rules protecting animals at organic farms. While the exploitation/slaughter of animals is still unnecessary & inhumane, these regulations created welfare improvements for animals.

THE GUARDIAN: Total ban on bee-harming pesticides likely after major EU analysis

Analysis from EU’s scientific risk assessors finds neonicotinoids pose a serious danger to all bees. The conclusion, based on data from 1500 studies, makes it likely the neonicotinoid pesticides will be banned from all fields when nations vote this month.

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