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Archive for May, 2007

Wait a minute! Hunters in Florida are killing coyotes with snares and bullets so that the coyotes won’t kill the pigs and deer that the hunters want to kill? An article in Monday’s Miami Herald, “Wily coyotes invade Florida, stalk animals,” highlights the inconsistent arguments often used by hunters to defend hunting. In order to […]

Trouble at the Gulfarium

A recent government inspection at the Gulfarium in Fort Walton Beach found serious problems, including at least six unreported deaths of dolphins or sea lions at the aquarium since 2004. The surprise inspection, by representatives from the USDA, NOAA and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, was likely in response to the deaths of […]

An unnecessary lesson in cruelty

This week media in Jacksonville reported on an incident that occurred a few weeks ago at a private school in the city. During an after-school meeting with students, Trinity Christian Academy biology teacher Whit Weatherford fed a terrified bunny to a Burmese python. The demonstration was captured on video by a student and posted on […]

Alligator mating season in Florida is roughly April-June. This is typically the time of year when alligators are most active. This year, the ongoing drought has caused alligators to be even more mobile than usual. Although you are now more likely to see one of these magnificent animals, experts say there is not an increased […]

By now you’ve probably seen the headlines, including an op ed in yesterday’s New York Times, categorizing vegan diets as unhealthy. The stories stem from an irresponsible decision by a couple to provide their infant with a diet of soy milk and apple juice. While the headlines highlight the couple’s adherence to a vegan diet, […]

We learned last week that two victims of an E.coli outbreak linked to petting zoos have settled their lawsuits against the Florida Strawberry Festival. The settlement amounts were not disclosed but are estimated to be in the millions of dollars. Both victims, a 5-year-old girl and a 53-year-old woman, became seriously ill and were hospitalized […]

Our heroes

If there were awards for activism, we’d nominate Marcotta Miller.
Ms. Miller and her family have grown fond of a gopher tortoise who lives in a vacant lot near their home in Palm Coast. They’ve named the tortoise, “Donatello.” On Tuesday afternoon, Marcotta noticed city workers on the property. When she learned that the lot was […]

On May 11, 16-year-old Harold Smith was sentenced to 3 years in prison and 30 years probation for a shocking act of animal cruelty in which a cat was killed in an oven. He was also ordered to perform community service during his probation, and write a letter of apology to the cat’s guardian. In […]

A happy Mother’s Day story

Last week we wrote that animals such as bears and deer are rarely victims of wildfires as they are able to escape approaching flames, so we were surprised to learn of a bear and her cub who were rescued from the Osceola National Forest last Sunday. The mother bear is being treated for burns.
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That was the headline of a very encouraging story in Tuesday’s Sun-Sentinel newspaper about the demise of the cruel spectacle of alligator wrestling. After decades as a roadside attraction in Florida, why is alligator wrestling dying? The article mentions fierce competition in Florida for the tourist dollar, and Native American tribes switching to more lucrative […]

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