“First U.S. Animal Abuser Registry Makes Convicts Public”

May 8, 2012 · Filed Under Articles · Comment 

“Monday, Suffolk County activates the first animal abuser registry in the United States, which will make public the identities of convicted animal abusers. The internet registry will display their names, addresses and photographs.

The law requires pet stores, breeders and animal shelters to check the registry and not sell or adopt animals to anyone on it, according to the Animal Law Coalition. Abusers will stay on the registry for five years each, and will face jail time or fines if they do not sign up for and renew their registrations throughout that period. . . .”

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“Q&A: Jed Painter, Assistant District Attorney of Animal Crimes Unit, Nassau County D.A.’s Office”

April 28, 2012 · Filed Under Articles · Comment 

“Created in February 2010, the [Animal Crimes Unit] was formed to investigate felony and misdemeanor cases ranging from animal abandonment to severe physical abuse and dog-fighting rings. With the help of a 24-hour hotline established to encourage the public to report crimes against animals, the number of animal crime-related arrests has jumped from eight in the two years before the unit’s creation to 40 in the past 24 months. . . .”

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“Unimaginable horror as helicopter-borne poachers massacre 22 elephants before hacking off their tusks and genitals”

April 25, 2012 · Filed Under Articles · Comment 

“. . . Elephant and rhino poaching is surging, conservationists say, an illegal piece of Asia’s scramble for African resources, driven by the growing purchasing power of the region’s newly affluent classes.

A record number of big ivory seizures were made globally in 2011 and the trend looks set to continue in 2012 as elephant massacres take place from Congo to Cameroon, where as many as 200 of the pachyderms, listed by the International Union for Conservation of Nature as ‘vulnerable’, were slain in January.

In South Africa, nearly two rhinos a day are being killed to meet demand for the animal’s horn, which is worth more than its weight in gold. More are being killed each week now than were being taken on an annual basis a decade ago.

Conservation group TRAFFIC, which monitors the global trade in animals and plants, said 2011 was the worst year for large ivory seizures in the more than two decades . . .”

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Nicholas D. Kristof: “Is an Egg for Breakfast Worth This?”

April 12, 2012 · Filed Under Articles · Comment 

“. . . In some cases, 11 hens were jammed into a cage about 2 feet by 2 feet. The Humane Society says that that is even more cramped than the egg industry’s own voluntary standards — which have been widely criticized as inadequate.

An automatic feeding cart that runs between the cages sometimes decapitates hens as they’re eating, the investigator said. Corpses are pulled out if they’re easy to see, but sometimes remain for weeks in the cages, piling up until they have rotted into the wiring, he added.

Other hens have their heads stuck in the wire and are usually left to die, the investigator said. . . .”

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The Humane Society urges you to take action to support the Egg Producers Inspection Act Amendments of 2012.  More info can be found HERE

“Nobody Minds Dyeing the Egg, but the Chicken Is Another Story”

April 4, 2012 · Filed Under Articles · Comment 

“. . . About half the states and a scattering of municipalities have laws against the practice, but in Florida last month, the Legislature passed a bill to overturn a 45-year-old ban on dyeing animals. By all accounts, the deed was done at the request of a dog groomer who wanted to enter contests where people elaborately sculpture and color their pets.

The outcry from animal rights groups has been swift. . . .”

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“Death and Disarray at America’s Racetracks: Mangled Horses, Maimed Jockeys”

March 27, 2012 · Filed Under Articles · 2 Comments 

“. . .On average, 24 horses die each week at racetracks across America. Many are inexpensive horses racing with little regulatory protection in pursuit of bigger and bigger prizes. These deaths often go unexamined, the bodies shipped to rendering plants and landfills rather than to pathologists who might have discovered why the horses broke down.

In 2008, after a Kentucky Derby horse, Eight Belles, broke two ankles on national television and was euthanized, Congress extracted promises from the racing industry to make its sport safer. While safety measures like bans on anabolic steroids have been enacted, assessing their impact has been difficult because many tracks do not keep accurate accident figures or will not release them. . . .”

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EVENT ALERT! Ending Invasive Experiments on Chimpanzees: Promoting Healthy, Humane Medicine

February 20, 2012 · Filed Under Events · Comment 


Ending Invasive Experiments on Chimpanzees:
Promoting Healthy, Humane Medicine

Tuesday, February 21st
JG 940

Maoz will be served

Please join SALDF for a discussion with Noah Gittell, the Government Affairs Manager for the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM). Mr. Gittell will be discussing PCRM’s current lobbying effort to pass the Great Ape Protection and Cost Savings Act (H.R. 1513/S.810), a bill that will end the use of chimpanzees in invasive experimentation.

PCRM is a national non-profit organization that promotes preventive medicine, especially nutrition, conducts clinical research, and advocates for more effective medical research and testing. As one of PCRM’s chief lobbyists, Mr. Gittell has worked with Members of Congress to successfully halt planned NASA radiation experiments on live squirrel monkeys and end the U.S. Army’s practice of using vervet monkeys for chemical casualty management training. 

Read more about PCRM and the work it does to promote ethical research HERE.

“Butterball Workers Arrested on Animal Cruelty Charges”

February 17, 2012 · Filed Under Articles · Comment 

“Six workers at a Butterball turkey farm in North Carolina face criminal charges after an undercover video revealed alleged animal abuse, and a state employee who tipped off Butterball before a police raid on the farm has pled guilty to obstruction of justice. . . .”

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“Prosecutors to review Los Angeles animal cruelty case”

December 17, 2011 · Filed Under Articles · Comment 

“Brenda Barnette told The Times earlier this week that she had not considered a criminal referral for Manuel Boado, 64. He allegedly failed to sedate dogs before euthanizing them, placed them near other dead animals and inserted the euthanizing needle into their jugular veins during euthanasia, which is considered more painful than other locations. A city commission upheld his firing Dec. 8. . . .

‘Several concerned and caring citizens have come forward asking to have [Boado] prosecuted for animal cruelty,’ she wrote. ‘The department can request an investigation, which we will do.’ . . .”

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For previous coverage, see “L.A. fires animal shelter worker over his euthanasia practices


“Law Extends Its Reach in Bid to Halt Cockfighting”

December 16, 2011 · Filed Under Articles · Comment 

“. . . In May, Texas legislators passed a bill designed to help police officers in pursuit of illegal cockfighting. Forcing the birds to fight in the ring was already illegal; now, it is also against the law to breed the fighting cocks or show up to watch a fight. . . .”

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