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Archive for June, 2011

When choosing a bank, most people consider things like bank fees, evening/weekend hours, and the location of the nearest branch, but one Florida-based bank apparently thinks it’s important to publicize how its employees enjoy killing animals.

On June 18, a group of five bankers from Ocean Bank participated in a fishing tournament in Miami. There wasn’t […]

The debate in Washington over how to fix our nation’s economy can sometimes seem very far away, but recently it was brought to ARFF’s attention that the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act has been a disaster for monkeys.

The $787 billion stimulus bill, approved by Congress in February 2009, is funding a dizzying variety of projects […]

Sometime last week, 17 alligators escaped from a small alligator farm in the City of Hernando (Citrus County). Nine of the 4- to 6-foot alligators were recaptured, but as of today the other eight are still free.
A local resident told WTSP Ch. 10 News how the alligators got loose, “They dug a hole underneath the […]

On Sunday, the Sun Sentinel newspaper published an opinion piece by ARFF’s Communications Director Don Anthony about the arrival of two otters at Seminole Okalee Indian Village, a depressing zoo located next to the Seminole Hard Rock Casino in Hollywood.
Don’s editorial criticized the zoo’s claims that the otter exhibit will educate people about environmental conservation. […]

We love sharing good news. Today, in a brief statement received by the Animal Rights Foundation of Florida, Fort Lauderdale-based Monarch Air Group made a commitment to stop the transport of non-human primates:
“June 13, 2011
To whom it may concern,
Please be advised that as per a recent shareholder meeting Monarch Air Group has decided to cease […]

Good news for mice

Last Friday, The Jackson Laboratory announced that it had withdrawn its request for $100 million from the State of Florida to help build a research facility in Sarasota County. The decision was made after it became clear that the money simply wasn’t available in the state budget.
The Bar Harbor, Maine-based company makes most of its […]

Update: Monarch Air Group stops transporting monkeys for vivisection!
The international trade in primates is a cruel and controversial business. A growing number of airlines refuse to transport monkeys destined for research laboratories. In February 2011, in a letter to the Animal Rights Foundation of Florida, the Fort Lauderdale-based cargo airline Amerijet International stated that it […]