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Archive for May, 2011

Florida Governor Rick Scott is not exactly a friend of alligators. He is known to wear cowboy boots made of alligator skin, and last month during a visit to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission in Tallahassee he said that alligators were his least favorite animal. He added, “Iíve never shot an alligator but […]

A story in this week’s Miami New Times is one that has been told many times before in Florida: someone purchases an exotic “pet,” even though they have little if any knowledge of how to properly care for the animal; they soon learn that wild animals do not make good companions, so they begin a […]

Rodeo is a violent activity that displays and encourages brutal treatment of animals and insensitivity to their suffering. Despite claims by rodeo supporters that animals are not abused, it’s clear that the horses and cows are not willing participants. Sometimes they refuse to participate.
The Silver Spurs Rodeo is a semi-annual event at Osceola Heritage Park […]

The death of the elephant Dondi of tuberculosis in July 2010 was a tragedy. Over the years, ARFF wrote numerous letters and organized many protests on behalf of the solitary elephant. One frequent protest location was Flea World, a flea market in Sanford where Dondi performed and gave rides.
ARFF’s peaceful protests were sadly not enough […]

In February, Fort Lauderdale-based Amerijet International confirmed that it had stopped transporting monkeys for research. The airline’s decision came after a letter-writing campaign by ARFF and numerous protests by local animal advocates.
The decision by Amerijet left laboratory animal suppliers like Primate Products, Inc. and Worldwide Primates with little choice but to find a charter airline […]

Last week, Florida Today published a rather extraordinary article about Bill Robb, a.k.a. “Gator Bill.” For many years, Robb worked as a nuisance alligator trapper in Brevard County, one of about 50 people statewide that the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) calls to respond to complaints about alligators in swimming pools, neighborhood ponds, […]

This evening, at 7:41pm to be exact, the Florida House of Representatives– with a unanimous 115-0 vote– passed a bill that makes sexual contact with animals a crime. The bill now heads to the desk of Gov. Rick Scott for his signature. When that happens, Florida will join the majority of U.S. states that protect […]