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Archive for September, 2007

Ringling Bros. isn’t due to perform in Orlando until January, but the Orange County Sheriff’s Office is prepared. Today’s Orlando Sentinel reported the purchase of 14 .499-caliber “elephant guns” that fire half-inch-diameter bullets. Sheriff spokesperson Jim Solomons explained, “The sole purpose for this weapon is large or exotic animals.” He also referred to the 1994 […]

A Life In Chains

Each year, in October and November, the Cole Bros. Circus drags its sad menagerie of animals through Florida. Beginning next week, the circus will be performing in parking lots at shopping malls in north and central Florida.
During last year’s performances, we were very concerned about the circus’ two Asian elephants, “Tina” and “Jewel.” The elephants, […]

In Sunday’s Sarasota Herald Tribune, columnist Eric Ernst wrote about a vote by the Sarasota County Planning Commission to allow the Wildlife Center of Venice to continue its work helping injured and sick animals. But the column was really about why many people feel a responsibility to help animals and what is means for us […]

Today’s Central Florida Future, the newspaper of the University of Central Florida, reported the disappointing decision by UCF President John Hitt to take no action concerning annual performances by the Shrine circus. Each year, Orlando’s Bahia Shriners bring elephants, bears, tigers and other animals to campus. Last year’s circus included a depressing act in which […]

One bright spot in a very sad story

Two horses– “Pie,” a 2-year-old, and “Rosie,” a miniature horse– are looking for loving homes. The horses are safe in the care of the Horse Protection Association of Florida, but were witness to a horrible crime.
Early last week at a farm in Levy County, 73-year-old Laverne Holter shot and killed her six dogs, more than 30 […]

The Business section of Tuesday’s Orlando Sentinel featured an interview with Jim Atchison, general manager of SeaWorld Orlando, and the incoming chairman of the Orlando/Orange County Convention & Visitors Bureau. Among the questions about Orlando as a tourist destination, and what can be done about long lines at theme parks, there was one surprising question, […]

This week the Sarasota Herald Tribune profiled a growing company in Manatee County that creates replicas of human limbs and organs for use in medical research and testing. The company, Animal Replacement Technologies, is appropriately named. Instead of using live animals, surgeons can use the company’s simulated body parts to practice techniques; medical devices can be […]

This week, U.S. Representatives Alcee Hastings and Ron Klein sent a letter to the Director of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service requesting a prohibition on the importation of Burmese pythons into the country, as well as a ban on interstate transport. (Click here to read the letter.)
Their letter noted that over 67,000 Burmese […]

One blog we enjoy reading is Wayne Pacelle’s “A Humane Nation.” This week, Mr. Pacelle, the President of The Humane Society of the United States, wrote about a group of 31 Congressmen who voted against each of the three major animal protection measures to be considered by the U.S. House of Representatives so far in 2007.
These […]

“Go vegan, and join the party!”

That was the simple message from rock star Chrissie Hynde, who was in town last week. (Catch her on video here.)
Hynde, vocalist and songwriter with the rock band The Pretenders, was visiting Fort Lauderdale’s vegan restaurant Sublime for some tips and pointers. (She’s opening a vegetarian restaurant in her hometown of Akron, Ohio.)
The always outspoken […]

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