Virginia humane society fined for recording released feral cats as “adopted”

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  September 2013: (Actually published on October 8,  2013)

PORTSMOUTH––The Virginia Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services has fined the Portsmouth Humane Society $1,250 for releasing sterilized feral cats,  who were recorded in the PHS shelter tracking records as having been adopted by executive director Jenn Austin and four other staff members. “I felt that these cats were not legitimately adopted and remained in the custody of the facility,”   VDACS veterinarian Dan Kovich told Tim Eberly of the Virginian-Pilot. “State investigators,  tipped off by a former employee,  issued three violations last month to the Portsmouth shelter,  which has the contract to serve as the city’s animal pound,”  Eberly wrote.  “Austin acknowledged that she and her staff have been personally adopting feral cats and releasing them for about a year and a half.” Read more

New “anti-dog meat” groups favoring legalization perplex veteran campaigners

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  September 2013: (Actually published on October 8,  2013)

LONDON,  OAKLAND,  HONG KONG,  PHUKET–– Months of question-provoking activity by entities using the names No To Dog Meat and World Protection for Cats & Dogs in the Meat Trade took a twist on September 20,  2013 with an apparent split between them,  announced on Facebook. Read more

Vietnam agrees to five-year suspension of dog imports to control rabies

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  September 2013: (Actually published on October 8,  2013)

HANOI––“After two days of sometimes difficult negotiation and discussion,  representatives from the governments of Thailand,  Vietnam, Laos,  and Cambodia meeting in Hanoi,  Vietnam,  have agreed to a five-point program, to end the dog meat trade and eliminate rabies, including a five-year ban on the import of dogs from other countries into Vietnam,”  Soi Dog Foundation president John Dalley announced on August 29,  2013. Read more

Legislation advances to protect Spanish bullfighting as cultural heritage

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  September 2013: (Actually published on October 8,  2013)

MADRID––Legislation to protect bullfighting as part of the cultural identity of Spain,  pushed by Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy of the center-right Popular Party,  moved closer to passage on October 2,  2013 when endorsed by the parliamentary culture committee by a vote of 24-6,  with 14 abstentions. Read more

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