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Archive for March, 2012

Last May, Janice and Ashley Ramirez (mother and daughter) were arrested and charged with cruelty to animals and fighting/baiting animals after a video appeared online of the women encouraging two dogs to attack a wild pig whose mouth had been taped shut. The violent, gruesome five minute video was filmed in an enclosed backyard in […]

Worldwide protests against the transport of animals for the research industry have received a lot of attention recently; for example, in this article last week in the journal Nature.

Air France-KLM is the world’s largest transporter of primates and other animals destined for laboratory experimentation. This week ARFF learned that Air France has received an “Official […]

After a year of work, activists in Lake County may finally have an anti-tethering ordinance that they can be proud of! On Tuesday, Lake County Commissioners discussed the cruel tethering of dogs and evaluated the different options to address the problem. Commissioners directed staff to draft an ordinance that would allow tethering only when a […]


The final week of Florida’s legislative session is a frantic time, so we forgive legislators for not completely understanding each bill that comes before them for a vote. But we do expect the sponsors of bills and amendments to understand the changes they are asking for.
So we were surprised when an aide in State Senator […]

In Tallahassee on Tuesday, during debate of an agriculture bill having to do with beekeeping, State Senator Ellyn Bogdanoff introduced an amendment to weaken Florida’s anti-cruelty law.

Sen. Bogdanoff’s amendment repeals a law (828.161) that prohibits the dyeing or coloring of rabbits, chickens and other animals. The law also makes it unlawful to sell or give […]

Small circus with big problems

Since 2009, ARFF has kept a close eye on the Liebling Bros. Circus, a small Florida circus that travels with one female African elephant named “Nosey,” as well as horses and two monkeys.

In December 2011, the USDA charged the circus with numerous violations of the Animal Welfare Act for inhumane treatment and dangerous handling of […]