Letters (Jan-Feb 2013)

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  January/February 2013:



Taiwan agriculture official believes omitting strays from mention will solve the problem

Amendments to the Taiwan Animal Protection Act to limit the capture of stray animals to those who pose a threat to human beings were to be introduced on December 26,  2012.  The current policy is to capture and kill all stray dogs.  Over the past 13 years, approximately 1.4 million stray dogs have been killed.  Since the government does not fully support neuter/return,  and hopes to make it illegal,  the stray population is destined to keep growing. Read more

Who ended dancing bear acts in India?

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  January/February 2013:

Rewriting history

I just wanted to thank you for setting the record straight in your November/December 2012 Watchdog page article “Wildlife SOS ended dancing bear acts in India,  but WSPA claims credit.”

I was in India during the 21st International Conference on Bear Research and Management in New Delhi,  and I can’t tell you how dejected International Animal Rescue,  Free The Bears,  and of course Wildlife SOS cofounders Kartick Satyanarayan and Geeta Seshamani were with regards to the World Society for the Protection of Animals shamelessly trying to position themselves as the organization that solved the problem.  I don’t know that people were shocked because this fit into a pattern;  however,  people felt really downtrodden,  realizing that WSPA had their marketing wheels in motion trying to rewrite history.  Thanks for making it harder for them to take full credit. Read more

American Humane Association is sued by former set animal supervisor

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  January/February 2013:

WASHINGTON D.C.––American Humane Association board chair Eric Bruner “is no longer serving on the board,  and we thank him for his six years of service,”  the AHA said in a January 9,  2013 statement.

Bruner’s departure was announced 10 days after the AHA was sued in Los Angeles Superior Court by 13-year employee Barbara Casey for alleged wrongful dismissal.   Read more

West Virginia Supreme Court upholds pit bull law

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  January/February 2013:

CHARLESTON,  West Virginia––The West Virginia Supreme Court on January 14,  2013 affirmed the constitutionality of an ordinance prohibiting keeping pit bulls within the Town of Ceredo.

The West Virginia Supreme Court upheld the November 2009 convictions of pit bull keepers Steve Hardwick,  Sharon Nalley,  and Glenna Pelfrey,  who were each fined $162 plus court costs. Pelfrey did not appear for an appellate hearing,  but Hardwick and Nalley pursued an appeal aimed at overturning the Ceredo ordinance as “unconstitutional in that it is arbitrary and unreasonable.” Read more

Anti-fur legislation

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  January/February 2013:

If you’re wondering what this “waste pile” is made of, the answer is simple: the carcasses of the animals who died so that humans could take their skins for money. This photo comes from a Russian fur farm but the horrors are the same in all latitudes. —P. Greanville [Photo redacted]

TAIPEI,  DEN HAGUE––Taiwan on January 8,  2013 became the first Asian nation to ban the import of seal pelts and products,  by amendment to the national Wildlife Conservation Act,  while the Dutch senate on December 18,  2012 ratified a ban on mink farming,  to take effect in 2024.  Both measures undercut fur trade hopes of economic recovery.  

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Bangalore court rules that “menace or nuisance” can be cause to kill a dog, regardless of ABC status

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  January/February 2013:

BANGALORE––The Karnataka High Court on December 7,  2012 ruled that dogs who “are a menace or cause nuisance,  irrespective of whether there is evidence of them having mauled or bitten children or adults, could be exterminated.”

Problem dogs may be killed “even if they are vaccinated,  sterilized and free from diseases,”  summarized The Hindu.   Read more

Mexico City dog attacks

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  January/February 2013:

MEXICO CITY––Mexico City in mid-January 2013 initiated a mobile dog sterilization drive after dogs killed five people between December 15,  2012 and January 5,  2013 at Star Hill Park in Iztapalapa borough.  The last of the victims,  Alejandra Ruiz,  15,  made a cell phone call for help to her sister Diana as a pack of dogs mauled her and her boyfriend Samuel Martinez,  16.   Read more

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