Stop dogfighting by addressing supply side economics

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  October 2013: (Actually published on November 20,  2013.)

Police in Montgomery,  Alabama on October 1,  2013 took custody of the last 16 of at least 386 pit bulls who were impounded after raids in August 2013 on an alleged multistate dogfighting ring.  Thirteen defendants,  from Alabama,  Georgia,  Mississippi,   and Texas,  are facing related charges. Initiated by the Auburn,  Alabama police department,  the investigation and impoundments were assisted by at least 15 humane organizations,  both locally and nationwide.   Read more

Canada prohibits puppy imports by animal welfare agencies

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  October 2013: (Actually published on November 20,  2013.) 

OTTAWA––Responding to rising concern about what dogs are being imported into Canada,  in what health under what conditions,  the Canadian Food Inspection Agency on November 1,  2013 rescinded a 2005 rule that allowed animal charities to import puppies almost without restriction.   Read more

FoA sues again to stop hunting of ranched oryx

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  October 2013: (Actually published on November 20,  2013.) 

NORWALK––Friends of Animals on October 16,  2013 sued the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and Interior Secretary Sally Jewell for continuing to issue permits that allow hunters to kill ranch-raised scimitar-horned oryx,  dama gazelle,  and addax. All three are endangered species,  but have been raised on hunting ranches in Texas and New Mexico for more than 50 years,  beginning decades before passage of the Endangered Species Act.   Read more

California bans lead ammunition

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  October 2013: (Actually published on November 20,  2013.)

LOS ANGELES––California Governor Jerry Brown on October 11, 2013 endorsed into law a total ban on the use of lead ammunition for hunting––the first adopted by any state,  though use of lead ammunition is regulated in at least 30 states.  The California Fish & Game Commission will have until July 1, 2019,  to fully enforce the lead ban. Read more

Illegally captured Korean dolphins freed

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  October 2013: (Actually published on November 20,  2013.)

The Korean Animal Welfare Association in July 2013 celebrated the successful release of the bottlenose dolphins Sampal and Chunsam,  shown en route to release,  and Jedol,  who were the surviviors among 11 dolphins who were illegally captured in  2009 for the Jeju Pacific Land marine park. Jeju District Court Judge Kim Kyeong-seon in April 2012  fined Jeju Pacific Land $9,000,  issued suspended jail sentences to the company president and one employee,  and ordered that the five dolphins from the illegal capture who were still alive and still at the marine park be released.  Five dolphins had died. Jedol had reportedly been traded to the Seoul Grand Park Zoo for two sea lions.   Read more

Georgia Aquarium appeals NOAA ruling against proposed first beluga whale imports since 1992

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  October 2013: (Actually published on November 20,  2013.) 

ATLANTA–– The Georgia Aquarium on September 30,  2013 appealed an August 6,  2013 ruling by the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration that it had not satisfied the requirements to import 18 beluga whales from Russia. Read more

China drops animal testing rule for cosmetics, shampoos & perfumes

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  October 2013: (Actually published on November 20,  2013.) 

BEIJING––Effective on June 1,  2014 China will no longer require that cosmetics,  shampoos,  and perfumes be tested on animals,   the China Food & Drug Administration announced on November 5,  2013. Instead of having to submit products to CFDA laboratories for testing,  Chinese manufacturers will be allowed to submit the product safety data compiled to demonstrate the safety of raw ingredients,  which may include data from past animal testing.  Alternatively,  the manufacturers may submit the data from non-animal safety testing methods accepted by the 27-nation European Union.  Read more

Trouble at Boise, Portland, and Austin aquariums

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  October 2013: (Actually published on November 20,  2013.)

BOISE,  Idaho––A new Boise Aquarium management team headed by former Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce president Nancy Vannorsdel has pledged to ensure that alleged mistreatment of animals at the aquarium will not be repeated.  Vannorsdel told KTVB reporter Matt Standal that she wants to add “a couple of very,  very strong marine biologists to sit on the board,”   to ensure proper animal care. Read more

Jakarta and other Indonesian cities move against monkey acts

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  October 2013: (Actually published on November 20,  2013.)

JAKARTA––It’s curtains for street corner monkey acts in northwestern Java,  hopes Jakarta Animal Aid Network founder Femke Den Haas.  Locally called topang monyet,  meaning “masked monkeys,”  the acts have proliferated over the past decade,  becoming a JAAN campaign target in 2009. Read more

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