“Exotic Animal Law Review Ignited By Ohio Exotic Animal Stampede”

May 1, 2012 · Filed Under Articles · Comment 

“Yet, by some estimates, there are thousands of tigers in captivity in American backyards — more than there are in the wild on the planet. . . .

Reps. Howard ‘Buck’ McKeon, R-Calif., and Loretta Sanchez, D-Calif., introduced the Big Cats and Public Safety Protection Act in February to require owners of tigers, lions, leopards, jaguars, cheetahs, panthers and other cats to register with the Department of Agriculture. Breeding would be banned except at accredited zoos and research and educational institutions. Penalties would include seizures, fines and jail. . . .”

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EVENT ALERT! “Today’s Meatpacking Industry: Still a Jungle?”

April 10, 2012 · Filed Under Events · Comment 

Today’s Meatpacking Industry: Still a Jungle?
Wednesday, April 11, 12:00 in WJ 101 (Big Warren 1st floor)

Come enjoy Maoz lunch while learning about the working conditions that poultry workers currently face. Steve Mooser, health and safety director of the New York-based Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union, will give a short presentation regarding poultry worker working conditions, health and safety hazards, Workers’ Compensation and general access to medical and legal resources. Q&A will follow.

And for a recent article on a controversial USDA proposal to change the way that poultry inspections work, see “Letting the Fox Guard the Henhouse — Literally”

“Way cleared for horse slaughter to resume in US after 5-year ban”

December 2, 2011 · Filed Under Articles · 1 Comment 

“What to do about growing numbers of neglected and abandoned horses in the US is an ethical conundrum that Congress and President Obama quietly addressed this month via a spending bill: bring back the slaughterhouses. 

A Department of Agriculture bill, signed into law Nov. 18, reinstates federal funding for USDA inspection of horse meat intended for human consumption, which Congress had withheld since 2006. That de facto ban on horse slaughter has now come to an end, to the outrage of the animal rights community, amid reports that US horse owners were simply shipping their animals to Mexico and Canada for slaughter and processing. . . .”

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“Ringling circus agrees to $270K fine by USDA, alleged violations of animal welfare rules”

November 28, 2011 · Filed Under Articles · Comment 

“The Virginia-based owner of the Ringling Bros. circus has agreed to pay a $270,000 fine to settle allegations that it violated federal animal-welfare laws in its handling of elephants, tigers, zebra and other exotic animals.  The U.S. Department of Agriculture says the civil penalty announced Monday is the largest ever assessed against an exhibitor under the Animal Welfare Act. . . .”

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