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

Attempt to make Delaware a no-kill state fails with dissolution of Safe Haven

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

GEORGETOWN–A nationally heralded attempt to make Delaware a no-kill state ended ignominiously on November 14,  2013 with the closure of the Safe Haven no-kill shelter in Georgetown,  the euthanasia of 19 pit bulls who flunked behavioral screening,  and the evacuation of 22 more dogs,  mostly pit bulls and pit mixes,  by the American SPCA. Read more

FBI probed PETA over alleged anthrax plot

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

NORFOLK–Documents received by PETA in February 2013 through a Freedom of Information Act request show that the FBI investigated the organization in 1997-1998 for allegedly plotting to release anthrax at the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases in Fort Detrick,  Maryland. Read more

Proposed poultry slaughter line speed-up would boil more birds alive

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

WASHINGTON D.C.––Fast-moving poultry slaughter lines cause nearly a million chickens and turkeys per year to be boiled alive when workers miss killing them,  according to USDA data. Yet,  reported Kimberly Kindy in the October 29,  2013 edition of the Washington Post,  “The USDA is finalizing a proposal that would allow poultry companies to accelerate their processing lines.” 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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