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Archive for September, 2008

Perhaps the organizers of the Hawthorne Hog Fest (see previous post below) could take a look at the City of Oviedo and the Kiwanis Charity Chicken Race. The inaugural event, hosted by the Kiwanis Club of Oviedo-Winter Springs Foundation, takes place today in Oviedo. This unique fundraiser celebrates, rather than torments, animals.
During the event, children will race […]

Alachua County, which includes the City of Gainesville and the University of Florida, has an excellent ordinance prohibiting diving horse events, goldfish swallowing and “pig contests wherein the object is the capture of the pig.” The ordinance had previously banned “greased pig contests,” but the annual Hawthorne Hog Festival had got around the ban by […]

Animal advocates have been increasingly vocal in recent years about the welfare of elephants in our nation’s zoos. We’ve criticized the inadequate space and artificial conditions of many elephant exhibits. In response, zoos have insisted that they take their responsibility seriously and are doing their best to care for these animals.
Many elephant handlers and veterinarians […]

Bears, turtles, iguanas and more

This week, an ARFF representative attended the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) meeting in Jacksonville. FWC meetings can be exhausting and usually last all day, but we try to make it to each meeting to speak in defense of Florida wildlife, and we always learn something.
On Wednesday, commissioners heard a report about the […]

Good news for dogs in Miami-Dade County

Yesterday, the Miami-Dade Health and Public Safety Committee unanimously voted to forward to the full county commission an anti-tethering ordinance. The ordinance would make it unlawful “for a responsible party to tether a dog while outdoors,” except when the dog is in “visual range of the responsible party, and the responsible party is located outside […]

This week the Seminole Herald reported on efforts in Seminole County to establish a trap, neuter, vaccinate and release (TNVR) program for feral cats. According to the paper, a group of local residents calling themselves Friends of Feral Animals, “have asked to be in charge of handling all feral cat calls and to manage cat colonies […]

Yesterday, the City of Cape Coral passed a resolutiion urging the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission to take measures to “control the possession, distribution, release and propagation of iguanas throughout the state.” The resolution was proposed by Council Member William Deile.
As the number of feral iguanas increase in communities in south Florida, conflicts with […]

Here’s an update on a previous post. After a two-week search, 79 animals– three dogs, 66 cats, six birds and four hamsters– have been recovered from the flooded Manna Christian RV Park in Bonita Springs (the park was evacuated on August 23 following Tropical Storm Fay). According to an article in today’s Fort Myers News-Press, […]

Reading between the lines

Recent stories about zoos in Florida have revealed more than was intended about the unnatural life of animals held in captivity in the name of “conservation.”
Last week, the Jacksonville Zoo issued a press release about the arrival of a bonobo. “Mabruki” is a 26-year-old male who was born at the Yerkes National Primate Research Center […]