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Archive for February, 2009

On Tuesday, the U.S. House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly in favor of legislation that would prohibit interstate and foreign commerce in nonhuman primates (chimpanzees, monkeys, lemurs and others) for the pet trade. The “Captive Primate Safety Act” passed with a vote of 323-95*.
Last week’s horrible incident in Connecticut in which a chimpanzee was shot and […]

A compassionate diet

Last May, federal immigration agents raided the nation’s largest kosher slaughterhouse in Postville, Iowa. The raid at Agriprocessors Inc. uncovered numerous problems– including the hiring of dozens of children, some as young as 13, to work long shifts at the plant. The slaughterhouse was already infamous following a PETA undercover investigation that documented the inhumane […]

Florida legislators will not officially get to work until March 3, but last week in Tallahassee the Senate Criminal Justice Committee held an interim meeting during which they passed a bill to prohibit the sexual abuse of animals. The vote was unanimous. The bill, S448, is now before the Senate Agriculture Committee.
Bestiality is explicitly forbidden […]

Greyhounds are not racing machines!

Sunday’s Daytona 500 was quite a race. If you were lucky enough to be in Daytona Beach for the event, you may have noticed a billboard truck with the message “Race Cars Not Dogs!” driving the streets near Daytona International Speedway. The truck spread its message near the speedway for 7 hours (stuck in gridlock […]

We’re not fans of the Seminole Okalee Indian Village, a mini “zoo” sandwiched between a nightclub and comedy club at the Hard Rock Casino in Hollywood (click here to read about its depressing animal exhibits).
Last weekend the village hosted a festival that featured performances by a dance troupe, a demonstration of traditional Seminole clothing, arts […]

Dogs and cats who are not sterilized are more likely to get loose from a home (and more likely to be injured in run-ins with other animals or with automobiles). In Pompano Beach, those escapes have become more expensive.
This week the Pompano Beach City Commission passed an ordinance that creates a $250 fine for owners of […]

Good news for Miami cats

Miami-Dade Animal Services has announced it will offer free spay/neuter services for cats, every Thursday, starting February 12th, at the main shelter located at 7401 NW 74th Street in Miami*. “There are simply too many unwanted cats and not enough homes. Spaying or neutering your pet helps reduce the number of unwanted litters and protects […]

According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), the future of hunting in Florida depends upon getting youth involved (providing “quality hunting experiences” is a goal of the FWC’s Youth Hunting Program). Two recent incidents in the news were probably not the sort of experiences they were thinking of.
One night last week in Bay […]

For over three decades, the Endangered Species Act has protected animals and plants from extinction. Many of Florida’s best known animals, such as sea turtles, manatees and the Florida panther, enjoy protection under the Act. The Endangered Species Act makes it a crime to “harass, harm, pursue, hunt, shoot, wound, kill” animals from listed species.
But […]

When it’s show time, what if an elephant or a tiger or a horse feels sick, tired or just stubborn? Most likely the animal will be forced to enter the ring. In a review of Saturday’s performance of Circus Sarasota, Sarasota Herald-Tribune columnist Jay Handelman wrote about the circus’ horses, “two of the animals clearly […]