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Archive for August, 2007

One person can have a big impact

It’s not always easy to speak up for animals. But in our experience it’s always worth it to send an e-mail, make a phone call or mail a letter. You never know when you will reach a friend of animals, and sometimes all it takes is one person to make a difference.
Last month, ARFF member […]

Just when you thought it would be tough for the greyhound racing industry to sink any lower, it has.
Today we learned that greyhounds racing at the Daytona Beach Kennel Club have tested positive for cocaine. When state investigators arrived at the track earlier this week to discipline the dog’s trainer, they found the bodies of three greyhounds. […]

Florida’s alligator hunt begins

This fall and winter, your local newspaper will probably not report the gory details of the hunting of deer, turkeys, squirrels or doves in Florida. But the hunting of alligator’s is different. Each year at the beginning of the hunting season in August, journalists write about the experiences of men and women who head out […]

If you liked “March of the Penguins” or Al Gore’s “An Inconvenient Truth,” you’ll love “Arctic Tale,” a new film opening this weekend in Florida. The family-friendly film follows the adventures of a polar bear and a walrus in the frozen Arctic wilderness. The film is worth seeing for its extraordinary footage, but there’s also […]

For years, activists in Florida have campaigned against efforts to bring slot machines and poker to greyhound tracks. We were convinced that these activities would allow Florida’s struggling dog tracks to stay in business. Although we have been largely unsuccessful in fighting the expansion of gambling, the results for the greyhounds have been unexpected.
Last week, […]

A birding milestone

Question: Which outdoor activity has a greater economic impact in Florida, hunting or birdwatching?
Answer: According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s own numbers, the answer is birdwatching (what the FWC terms, “non-consumptive bird use”). Birdwatching generates more retail sales and supports more jobs than hunting.
But you wouldn’t guess that by looking at Gov. […]

The mission of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is, “to manage fish and wildlife resources for their long-term well-being and the benefit of people.” Animal advocates have long criticized the FWC for emphasizing the “benefit to people” half of that statement, and it looks like things may not change anytime soon. This […]

Calling all detectives!

Save the Chimps is a wonderful sanctuary in Fort Pierce for chimpanzees “retired” from biomedical research. The sanctuary is currently transporting dozens of chimpanzees from a now-closed research facility in New Mexico to Florida. On each 2,000 mile trip, the Save the Chimps trailer carries 10 chimpanzee passengers. But the “great chimpanzee migration,” as the […]

Our hats are off to the compassionate individual(s) who rescued two squirrels following a plane crash last week in Fort Lauderdale.
On Wednesday, a small plane crashed near the Fort Lauderdale airport. After the plane’s pilot and passengers walked away from the crash, and the fire was put out, someone discovered two squirrels who had been […]

This week we learned that there will not be a shark tournament in Destin in 2007. Last year’s Destin Deep Water Shark Tournament attracted protests which led to the withdrawal of its main sponsor. A local businessman had hoped to continue the event, but yesterday told the Northwest Florida Daily News that he had decided […]