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Archive for February, 2011

If you joined ARFF at one of our many protests against the Cole Bros. Circus last October and November, you’ll be thrilled with this news. On Wednesday, the U.S. Department of Justice announced that the Cole Brothers Circus and its president, John Pugh, had pled guilty to violating the Endangered Species Act for unlawfully selling […]

1/2 price animal abuse?

If you haven’t heard of Groupon yet, you probably will soon. Groupon is a fast-growing, coupon website that works with local merchants to sell discounted products and services (Groupon makes money by taking a portion of each sale). Last week, one of Groupon’s daily offers for its subscribers in the Orlando area was 1/2 price […]

A good week for animals

Animals have two reasons to celebrate this week (and the week is not over yet!).
On Tuesday night, the Lake Worth City Commission adopted a groundbreaking ordinance that prohibits the sale of dogs and cats at pet stores. With the ordinance, Lake Worth becomes the first city in the State of Florida to take a strong stand […]

Each year when the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, the Cole Bros. Circus, or other circus performs in Florida, ARFF receives complaints about ticket coupons distributed in schools, or circus clowns visiting classrooms to promote the circus.
Circuses with animals teach dangerous lessons to impressionable children. For example, the circus teaches children that elephants […]

ARFF sticks up for wild pigs

Yesterday, ARFF’s Communications Director was quoted in an article about wild pigs that appeared on the front page of FoxNews.com.
The article, like most news reports about wild pigs, was full of exaggerations and inaccuracies. For example, a St. Petersburg-based trapper told the FoxNews reporter that pigs, “have no natural predators, so there’s nothing to stop […]

Pro-animal ordinances advance

This week there was progress on ordinances in two South Florida cities that have the potential to make a large impact on the lives of animals.
On Tuesday night, animal advocates in the City of Lake Worth celebrated when the City Commission voted unanimously in support of an ordinance that would prohibit the sale of dogs […]

Update: Maude the elephant

Yesterday, the Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens announced that Maude, the zoo’s solitary elephant, will be moved to Zoo Miami within the next few weeks.
It was almost one year ago that Mary, Maude’s companion of 27 years, died at the zoo at age 63. Because the Association of Zoos & Aquariums strongly discourages keeping […]