Sea Shepherd Conservation Society founder Paul Watson jumps bail

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  September 2012:

TOKYO--The international police agency Interpol on September 16, 2012 at Japan’s request asked for the cooperation of member nations in arresting Sea Shepherd Conservation Society founder Paul Watson.  The Interpol “red” notice superseded an earlier “blue” notice which only sought information about Watson’s whereabouts. Read more

South Korean activist sentenced

From ANIMAL PEOPLE, September 2012:

SEOUL--Coexistence of Animal Rights on Earth founder So-Youn Park was on August 30,  2012 sentenced to serve a year on probation for “special larceny,”  an offense in South Korean law similar to violation of the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act in the U.S.Park,  said a CARE prepared statement, “witnessed five dogs and eight chickens miserably abandoned while walking by a farm.  She visited the farm three times with other CARE animal rights activists, but they could not find any trace of food or the owner.  They rescued the dogs and chickens from the cages on November 26, 2011.  Days later, upon discovering the dogs and chickens were gone, the owner of the farm called the police.  The farm owner admitted that the dogs were raised for slaughter and that the environment in which they were kept was inadequate,” CARE said, but this was not illegal and had no bearing on the charge against Park. Read more

Surrender prevention programs brought drop in New York City shelter killing

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  September 2012:

As the July/August edition of ANIMAL PEOPLE reported, New York City has reduced municipal shelter killing to just one dog or cat per 1,000 human residents.  The previous lowest ever ratio was 1.3 in San Francisco, which has a human population base of only 750,000.

How did New York City accomplish this?  By introducing two major surrender prevention programs:  a telephone hot line to assist pet keepers in crisis, and a super low-cost mobile full veterinary service.  Both of these programs were initiated by the Companion Animal Network. Read more

Three views of the flap over the proposed federal laying hen regulation

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  September 2012:

It is not surprising that the pork and beef industries are desperately trying to kill federal legislation-HR.3798/S.3239-to ban barren battery cages for egg-laying hens. What’s saddening-and disturbing-is that the Humane Farming Association is also trying to kill the bill.  Let’s be clear:  HFA has never passed a law to ban any farm animal confinement system anywhere.  HFA refused to support California’s Proposition Two in 2008, which mandated more space for various farm animals, and never endorsed either the Arizona or Florida farm animal ballot measures that set up the possibility of success in California. HFA also actively opposed legislation in California to ban the force-feeding of ducks to produce foie gras. Had HFA had its way and the bill not been enacted,  ducks in California would likely still be having pipes shoved down their throats daily. Read more

Trial of calcium chloride to fix dogs succeeds in Nepal

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  September 2012:

YORK,  U.K.–The First International Conference on Dog Population Management concluded in York, United Kingdom on September 8, 2012 with optimism that calcium chloride–which can be made for less than the cost of bottling it–may already be suitable for widespread chemosterilant for use in male dogs.

Recent advances came as a surprise to Parsemus Foundation medical research programs director Elaine Lissner, who has funded calcium chloride trials for several years.  “At the November 2011 Animal Grant-makers meeting,” Lissner told ANIMAL PEOPLE, “we informed other funders about research on calcium chloride dihydrate nonsurgical male dog and cat sterilization, and showed how simple the sterilant is to make, mixing it right at the lunch table.  The Greenbaum Foundation told grantees about it.  But we heard no more about it until August 2012,” when the Greenbaum Foundation reported successful use of calcium chloride by an organization called DREAMS in the Kathmandu Valley of Nepal. Read more

Trophy hunters lose positions

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  September 2012:

WWF/Spain votes out King Juan Carlos

World Wildlife Fund/Spain honorary chair King Juan Carlos was dethroned on July 21,  2012 when 94% of the membership opposed continuing his appointment.  Juan Carlos had held the honorary chair since helping to form WWF/Spain in 1968.  He tried to save his position with an unprecedented April 2012 public apology for participating in an ill-fated $60,000 elephant hunt in Botswana, during which he broke his hip and was airlifted home to Spain, reportedly at taxpayer expense. Read more

Walking horse shows are watched more closely than some would like

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  September 2012:

CHATTANOOGA–U.S. District Judge Harry S. Mattice on September 19,  2012 fined Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration Hall of Fame trainer Jackie McConnell $75,000,  three years on supervised probation, and 300 hours of community service to be done for the USDA.

“It’s the stiffest sentence ever handed down under the 1970 Horse Protection Act,” exulted Humane Society of the U.S. president Wayne Pacelle.  “McConnell in 2011 was captured on tape by a Humane Society of the U.S. undercover investigator intentionally injuring the animals under his charge in order to get them to step higher and win ribbons at horse shows,” Pacelle elaborated.  “McConnell still faces 15 charges of violating Tennessee’s cruelty to animals statute in a pending case, and his guilty plea in federal court virtually guarantees the charges will stick.” Read more

Where is the Leaping Bunny going


From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  September 2012:

PHILADELPHIA–Dermalogica on September 18, 2012 followed Christian Dior, Yves Saint Laurent, Chanel and L’Oreal in losing “cruelty free” certification entitling the company to use the Leaping Bunny logo on their products.

“Dermalogica has had products approved for sale in the People’s Republic of China, which  undoubtedly makes the company a party to animal testing,” explained the Coalition for Consumer Information on Cosmetics in a prepared statement.  Read more

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