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Archive for October, 2007

In August 2005, animal advocates in south Florida celebrated when the Hanneford Family Circus was evicted from Fort Lauderdale’s Swap Shop flea market after 15 years of daily performances. The campaign against the Swap Shop circus was one of ARFF’s longest. It was a victory when the Swap Shop finally ended their financial support of […]

A man of action

We do not encourage people to break the law, but we’re impressed with Bill Warner.
In June, a trapper was dispatched to a man-made lake in the community of Sun City Center to catch an alligator (several “nuisance” alligators had previously been removed from the lake). The trapper set a line and hook, baited with a […]

At its meeting on Tuesday night, the Seminole County Animal Control Board voted to move forward with a new ordinance that will limit the confinement or tethering of dogs outdoors. The County Commission will vote on the proposed ordinance at an upcoming meeting.
If the ordinance is enacted, Seminole County will join Orange County and Palm […]

Sheriff targets dogfighting

On Saturday, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office kicked off an animal fighting awareness campaign. Palm Beach County Sheriff Ric Bradshaw has assigned two investigators to target dog fighting in Palm Beach County. “We’re simply not going to tolerate animal abuse, ” said Sheriff Bradshaw. “If you teach kids to treat animals with respect, they […]

Waste, cruelty, arrogance

The killing of large sharks never fails to grab the media’s attention. On Saturday, the dead body of an 11-foot, 844-pound mako shark was strung up on the dock at Destin Harbor. The Northwest Florida Daily News published a photo of a crowd gawking at the dead shark, who had probably been one of the […]

At a Publix Sabor supermarket in Hialeah yesterday, the Latino Nutrition Coalition held a media event to promote better health through traditional foods and lifestyles. The event was part of a national campaign targeting Hispanics, who are diagnosed with diet-related diseases such as diabetes at high rates. An article in today’s Miami Herald described the […]

When the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission met last month in St. Petersburg, they voted 6-0 to reject a proposed rule that would have required people who apply to possess Class I wildlife to notify their neighbors. (The FWC classifies wildlife according to the danger they present to the owner and the general public; […]

Last night, ARFF representatives attended a workshop held by the FWC at Fort Lauderdale City Hall (see above). We knew it was going to be an interesting evening when the first thing we heard when we walked into the room was, “Someone has to explain to the public what animal rights is all about.”
The speaker […]

Animals suffer for pageant prizes

Whoever is crowned Miss Florida Teen USA this weekend will win a fur coat provided by pageant sponsor, the Fur Information Council of America. ARFF will encourage the winner to put the horrible prize to good use, by giving it back to animals. ARFF gives donated furs to wildlife rehabilitators who cut the furs up […]

Last week, The Virginian-Pilot ran a story about an exotic animal dealer whose property has been under a tuberculosis quarantine ever since monkeys were discovered dead earlier this year. Gayle O’Neal breeds and sells capuchin monkeys; the quarantine has put a temporary stop to her business.
What was particularly interesting to us was that one monkey […]