Emu speculation bubble bursts in India

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  September 2012:

COIMBATORE,  ERODE,  NAMAKKAL--A five-year-old emu speculation bubble in August 2012 burst in India just as others have around the world for decades, leaving thousands of bankrupt investors, more than 15,000 starving birds in Tamil Nadu state alone, and humane societies including the Blue Cross of India struggling to accommodate surviving birds who were impounded by law enforcement, while the Animal Welfare Board of India tried to devise a national response plan. Read more

Floods again hit overgrazed Pakistan

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  September 2012:

MULTAN--Animal Save Movement Pakistan president Khalid Mahmood Qurashi on September 21,  2012 appealed to the world for help on behalf of animals and humans displaced by the second round of catastrophic monsoon flooding to hit Punjab, Sindh, and Balochistan in only three years.

At least 217 people were killed, with 222,500 displaced, according to the international disaster response resource ReliefWeb. No animal toll was available. Read more

Former Pennsylvania dog law chief sues vocal critics

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  September 2012:

Jessie L. Smith, who headed Pennsylvania dog law enforcement 2005-2011, on August 15, 2012 filed a defamation case in Dauphin County Court against Main Line Animal Rescue founder William Smith, of Chester Springs, North Penn Puppy Mill Watch founder Jenny Stephens, of Lansdale, and blogger Teresita Delgado, of Lancaster. Read more

Hen welfare updates

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  September 2012:

Los Angeles U.S. District Court Judge John F. Walter on September 12, 2012 dismissed a case brought by the California Association of Egg Farmers which sought to overturn the hen housing requirements of Proposition Two, passed by voters in November 2008, as unconstitutionally vague.  The focal question, Walter found, was whether Proposition Two required California egg farms to be cage-free.  “There is nothing in the language of Proposition Two that requires California egg farms to be cage-free,” Walter concluded. “The statute is clear that, provided the cage does not prevent the egg-laying hen from lying down, standing up, fully extending her limbs and wings without touching the side of the cage or other egg-laying hens, or turning in a complete circle without any impediment and without touching the side of the cage, the use of such a cage would not violate Proposition Two.”  Walter added that the answer to the question of how much space this actually requires “is certainly not a mystery and is capable of easy determination by egg farmers.” Read more

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