“I think it's commendable for the Foundation to take this step to really make a safer state for animals,” Black said. “How animals are treated is an indication of how people are treated.”
The Kirkpatrick Foundation has long been active in animal welfare issues. As part of the Safe & Humane initiative, the foundation has identified several steps to a humane community. These include a 2013 study to assess the status of Oklahoma animal welfare, recognizing advancements in leadership, education and research and development via a newly established Kirkpatrick Prize for Animal Welfare, biennial reports, expansion of grant making and conferences every three years.
“I'd like to see Oklahoma be an even more responsible community where animals are inherently valued and where cruelty, neglect and suffering are minimized,” Keese said in a news release.
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