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Archive for January, 2008

Dogs lose at the polls

Voters in Miami-Dade County have approved the addition of slot machines at dog and horse tracks and Jai-Alai frontons in the county. Slot machines will draw new customers to the Flagler Dog Track, and although the machines will likely be busy, the stands outside will remain empty. If state law allowed the track to operate […]

In this week’s Orlando Weekly, food writer Faiyaz Kara writes about the foie gras “controversy.” The article begins with a description that we think is perfectly accurate: “Animal rights activists say the birds are subjected to close confinement, filthy, often torturous, conditions and gavage – the process of inserting a tube down the birds’ gullets, […]

Fur-free nightlife

You may not think that fur is much of an issue in Florida, but unfortunately it is not unusual to spot someone with a fur-trimmed coat even in south Florida. But those who are heartless enough to wear fur will not get past the “velvet rope” at one of Miami’s hottest new clubs.
Love Hate, 423 […]

Girl Scout cookies went on sale this week in Florida, and depending on where you live you may be able to grab some vegan treats.
Girl Scouts councils purchase cookies from one of two official bakers. One of these bakers offers three vegan varieties (vegan cookies are available in Palm Beach and St. Lucie counties, but […]

After this weekend’s performances in Jacksonville and Sarasota, the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus will exit the state of Florida, and activists can take a well-deserved break. Over the past four weeks, animal rights activists have protested Ringling performances in each city of the circus’ tour through Florida.
The remark that we heard most […]

Definitely not a vacation

The temperature didn’t make it above 20°F on Monday in Minnesota. It was not a day during which most Floridians would enjoy traveling. But imagine if you were a dolphin!
On Monday, two female Atlantic bottlenose dolphins arrived at the Minnesota Zoo, after a long trip from Dolphin Connection, a marine park in the Florida Keys.
The […]

Sad end to a sad life

When “April” the dolphin died earlier this week at the Miami Seaquarium, the best that the marine park could say in her memory was that, “She was one of the highest flying dolphins,’’ and her jumps were crowd pleasers.
April was captured from the waters off Florida in 1967. She spent the next 40 years as […]

An all-too-brief respite

On Saturday morning, a trailer hauling eight pigs from a farm in Leesburg to the Ocala Livestock Market came loose on Interstate 75. According to a story in the Ocala Star-Banner, the pigs ran from the scene but were later found, “rooting in the piney woods.” (One of the pigs was injured in the accident […]

The sign has gone dark and the parking lot is empty at Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede, a dinner theater in Orlando. The attraction closed its doors on Monday and gave pink slips to 162 employees. We can’t say that we’ll miss the place.
Live buffalos, “chicken chasing” and ostrich racing were part of the daily shows […]

On January 1st, a new rule came into effect that requires individuals in Florida who purchase a python, anaconda, Nile monitor lizard or one of several other dangerous reptiles to obtain a $100 permit. These “reptiles of concern” must also be microchipped for identification purposes.
The new rules were passed last year in Tallahassee with overwhelming […]

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