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

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imported into Canada,  in what health under what conditions,  the Canadian Food Inspection Agency on November 1,  2013 rescinded a 2005 rule that allowed animal charities to import puppies almost without restriction.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

Pigeon shoots done at Wing Pointe?

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

HAMBURG,  Pennsylvania––Cancelling three pigeon shoots in six weeks,    the Wing Pointe Hunt Club appears to have quit hosting pigeon shoots,  Showing Animals Respect & Kindness founder Steve Hindi announced on October 24,  2013. Protesting against pigeon shoots at Wing Pointe since 2010,  SHARK arrived for a scheduled shoot on September 20,  2013,   Hindi said,  “to document and expose it,  and to rescue and treat as many victims as possible.  A few hours into our wait for any activity,  a Wing Pointe worker told us that there was no shoot,  and that there would be no more pigeon shoots.  He said the shoots are moving to the northern part of the state.  Wing Pointe pigeon shoot attendees used to number over 100,”  Hindi added,  “but in recent times it has fallen to about a dozen hardcores.”   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

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

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

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