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Archive for March, 2010

Again this year, a bill to repeal special interest tax exemptions has died in the Florida Legislature. Senate Bill 216, introduced by Sen. Evelyn Lynn, has been withdrawn. The bill would have removed sales tax exemptions on feed purchased for ostrich, dairy cows and other livestock. Tax exemptions on the sale of racing dogs, and […]

On Monday, activists arrived at Palm Coast Town Center with anti-circus posters and flyers, only to discover that the circus had been cancelled. Heavy rains had left the field too soggy to erect the big top and too muddy for patrons. Tuesday’s performances of the Cole Bros. Circus were also cancelled.
This weekend, ARFF will hold […]

On Monday, the Las Vegas Sun wrote about the sorry state of the greyhound racing industry in America. (The American Greyhound Track Owners Association is holding their convention this week at Caesars Palace.) Each year attendance drops at the convention, and each year attendance at tracks declines as well.
The article explained that many dog track […]

This morning, the Orlando Sentinel reported that the Lake County Sheriff’s Office had received a veterinarian’s report that indicated cows belonging to rancher Brady Sellers suffered from malnourishment, and that criminal charges will be filed against Mr. Sellers. This is great news!
Please send a quick thank you to the Lake County Sheriff’s Office (details below). […]

On Wednesday morning, Lake County Sheriff’s Office deputies discovered 13 dead cows in a barren pasture south of the City of Umatilla, along with several very sick cows. One surviving cow was in such horrible shape that she was killed by a deputy with a shotgun. A sheriff’s spokesperson said in a statement that the […]

No chained dogs in Miramar!

Last night, the City of Miramar became the latest city in Broward County to pass an ordinance banning or restricting the chaining/tethering of dogs. With a unanimous vote, the city commission voted to approve on second reading an ordinance that, among other provisions, makes it unlawful to tether a dog outdoors unless a guardian is […]

If ARFF was to pick one animal exhibitor in the State of Florida with the worst record of animal neglect, there would be many nominees but the distinction would have to go to Vanishing Species Wildlife, Inc.
For years, the Davie-based company has brought lion and tiger cubs, bears, snakes and other exotic animals to birthday […]

Bad week for pet store

On Tuesday, a small group of animal advocates held a loud but peaceful protest outside the Palm Beach Puppies pet store in CityPlace, an outdoor mall in West Palm Beach. The protest itself was not unlike others that have taken place at pet store across Florida. What is notable is that the protest occurred at […]

A busy week in Tallahassee

On Tuesday, the 160 members of the Florida Legislature convened in Tallahassee to kick off the 2010 Legislative Session. For the next 60 days they’ll debate a number of important issues, including the following bills that would help animals in Florida:

Senate Bill 104 and House Bill 1611 would prohibit sexual contact with animals. In recent […]

In defense of iguanas

It’s difficult to understand the hostility that some Floridians feel toward iguanas. These fascinating animals have been victims of horrible cruelty.
Today’s Florida Keys Keynoter reported the arrest of a man in Key Colony Beach who trapped iguanas on the seawall behind his house and then drowned the animals by dropping the trap into the water. […]

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