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Archive for September, 2010

Today’s Pensacola News Journal included a depressing story about the death of a 12-foot, 9-inch long alligator. The alligator was killed in the Yellow River early on Tuesday by college student Cole Flanders, and may be the largest killed by a Florida hunter this year. According to a state wildlife biologist, the alligator was at […]

Cruel circus an unwanted guest

The Cole Bros. Circus has begun its annual trip through Florida. The circus will perform today through Sunday at the Santa Rosa Mall in Mary Esther. On Monday, the circus moves down the road to the Destin Commons.
The Cole Bros. Circus is currently traveling with several elephants under the control of trainer Tim Frisco. Mr. […]

On Saturday, Miss Florida Teen USA contestants gathered at the Westin Diplomat Resort in Hollywood to model for photos and video that will air during the pageant on October 3. Contestants modeled evening gowns, swim suits, and furs (Fur Information Council of America is a sponsor of the pageant).
The furs that the contestants had to […]

On Wednesday, the Sarasota County Commission adopted a revised Animal Control ordinance that tightly restricts the chaining/tethering of dogs. The ordinance makes it unlawful to tether a dog outdoors unless a guardian is outside along with the dog. The vote was unanimous.
A growing number of cities and counties in Florida have enacted ordinances banning or […]

Following the release of disturbing photographs that show monkeys with serious injuries inside Primate Products, Inc. (read our previous post below), ARFF learned that Nova Southeastern University was a customer of Primate Products.
In a conversation with ARFF’s President, Dr. Frederick Lippman, Chancellor of NSU’s Health Professions Division acknowledged that NSU had worked with Primate Products […]

In July, ARFF learned of the death of “Dondi,” a female Asian elephant who was a regular performer at Flea World, a flea market in Sanford. On Friday, we learned that the results of a necropsy indicate that Dondi died from tuberculosis.
Tuberculosis is a highly contagious disease that can be spread by close contact with […]

Why you should never buy a pet…

ARFF always encourages people to adopt animals from shelters rather than purchasing them from breeders or pet stores. Recent news stories make a strong argument why a companion animal should never be purchased . . .
… at the mall!
On Tuesday, Tampa Bay’s WTSP Ch. 5 reported that several very sick sugar gliders– a small marsupial […]

Fox pen ban: it’s official!

During today’s meeting of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission in Pensacola Beach, commissioners approved a ban on the chasing of foxes and coyotes with dogs within an enclosure. Today’s vote was the final vote on the issue.
Please thank the FWC for their vote ending cruel coyote and fox pens in Florida: Commissioners@MyFWC.com.

Primates are NOT Products!

Last night, WTVJ Ch. 6 (NBC) aired a powerful report about animal suffering at Primate Products, Inc., a Miami-based importer of monkeys for use in research and testing. Click here to view the report, but be aware that the images are disturbing.
In response to the story, ARFF has sent an urgent letter to the U.S. […]