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Honda Dog Friendly Element reveal from the Ny Auto Show – Gets Humane Society Approval

Honda’s recent release of its “Dog Friendly” Element concept introduced built-in facilities to aid canine transport. A finalized version of the model is scheduled to debut this fall. But do the added components represent anything more than gimmicks?

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Dog-Friendly Car Gets Humane Society ApprovalMajor components of the new concept include a a cushioned pet bed in the cargo area with an elevated platform; second row and cargo area pet restraint systems and an extendable cargo area load-in ramp. Other components include a 12V DC rear ventilation fan, seat covers, rubber floor mats and a spill-resistant water bowl.
The equipment has been engineered specifically for the Element and the restraint was designed by one of the world’s leading automotive safety systems suppliers. Honda says that the restraint concepts are intended to complement the potential of the vehicle’s existing restraint systems by helping to protect the dog and helping to prevent injuries to other vehicle occupants due to an unrestrained dog impacting them in a collision.
“In-vehicle pet restraints should be part of every dog owner’s safe travel practices,” said Wayne Pacelle, President and CEO of The Humane Society of the United States. “The expanded availability of manufacturer-based restraints and features can help elevate pet comfort and convenience for owners. Good ventilation and access to water on longer trips should also be primary concerns.”
While many of the components of the “Dog Friendly&trade” Element could be added to any SUV – for example a non-spill bowl – Honda is probably setting the pace for American car manufacturers by fitting restraints specifically designed for dogs.
By Daphne Reid – Pet People’s Place
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April 23, 2009 Posted by | Animal or Pet Related Stories, Animal Rights And Awareness, animals, Just One More Pet, Pet Events, pet products, Pet Travel, Pets, responsible pet ownership, Success Stories | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 9 Comments

Seismic Wave Will Cause Rippling Affect For All Animals

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“Elections are a time of reflection. There is the moment that commands our attention—and there is also the long-view. Thanks to your unwavering support, and your steady encouragement, The HSUS has taken the plight of farm animals to voters twice before we launched Prop 2—and won both times.” said Humane Society President Wayne Pacelle.

 Florida voters led the way in November 2002 by phasing out the two-foot by seven-foot metal gestation crates that confine breeding pigs. Then Arizona voters followed suit, banning gestation creates and also the horrible crates used to confine veal calves,  In November 2006.

Reverberations were felt far beyond the borders of those two states.  In June 2007, Oregon’s government became the first in the nation to ban gestation crates for breeding pigs through the action of the legislature.  Then in May of this year Colorado’s governor Bill Ritter went even a step further by signing landmark legislation phasing out gestation crates and veal crates.

Last night California took the biggest step yet by Passing Califorina Prop 2 whose effects will be seismic, for all animals and the farming industry.  By California Prop 2 passing we should see the beginning of changes in many states and eventually in all states.  Now is the time to start the pressure for the ‘Humane Treatment’ of all farm animals… of all animals in every state.  Although it was a huge victory, it should really be seen as just the beginning of the wave of change for animal rights everywhere.

By Marion Algier/Ask Marion

Posted at 6:55am by Just One More Pet

Source:  HSUS/Wayne Pacelle

November 5, 2008 Posted by | Animal Rights And Awareness, Just One More Pet, Political Change, Stop Animal Cruelty, Success Stories | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment