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Archive for December, 2009

Earlier this month, a group of county code inspectors and officials from state and federal health/food safety agencies raided an unlicensed slaughterhouse in an unincorporated area of Miami-Dade County. They found butcher tables, pig carcasses and two emaciated horses.
Today, Miami’s NBC Channel 6 reported that the two horses arrived at the slaughterhouse from Calder Race […]

Last night in West Palm Beach, ARFF held our first Ringling Bros. protest of the season (visit ARFF’s website for details of upcoming demonstrations). One highlight of the evening was when a car drove by with its windows open, and upon spotting our signs– including our new banner featuring photographs from Ringling’s violent elephant training […]

During last night’s meeting of the City of Seminole City Council, councilmembers unanimously approved an ordinance prohibiting dogs within the city limits from being tied up outdoors unless a guardian is outside along with the dog (violators would be given a warning to correct the situation before being fined). The City Council also approved a […]

Need more convincing?

The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus arrives in Florida next week, and again this year ARFF will hold demonstrations on opening night of the circus in West Palm Beach (December 23), Sarasota (Dec. 31), Miami (Jan. 8 ) and in other Florida cities later in January.
Ringling Bros. has a long history of abusive […]

Yesterday, the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works voted in support of S. 373, sponsored by Florida U.S. Senator Bill Nelson, which would halt the import and commercial trade in Burmese pythons, anaconda, Boa constrictors and several other species of large snakes. (The bill would make it illegal to import these potentially dangerous […]

The end of the bag lunch?

Today’s Miami Herald reported some very welcome changes to school cafeteria menus in South Florida.
This school year, the Miami-Dade school district debuted three new vegan options: faux chicken nuggets, veggie burgers and hummus platters. Penny Parham, the director of food services for the school district, reported the new items have been popular among both vegetarians […]

In August, ARFF wrote about African dwarf frogs on sale at Brookstone stores in Florida. The frogs are sold as part of a package called the “Frog-O-Sphere” that also includes a small plastic aquarium, some gravel and a bamboo plant. This holiday season Brookstone is featuring the product as one of its “Gifts $50 & […]

You may have heard horror stories about dogs and cats obtained by people responding to “free to good home” ads, or animals stolen from backyards, and then sold for experimentation. This is the work of Class B dealers, USDA-licensed dealers who are allowed to acquire “random source” dogs and cats for resale. Class B dealers […]

Mad science

How strong are the chains that confine elephants in the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus? How sharp is the bullhook used by Ringling’s elephant handlers? How thin is an elephant’s skin? How do you “train” an elephant to do a handstand, and repeat the stunt on command, night after night? How many elephants […]