13 nations miss the European Union deadline for phasing out battery cages

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  January/February 2012:

BRUSSELS,  DUBLIN–Allowed 13 years to phase out battery caging for laying hens,  egg farmers in 13 European Union nations nonetheless missed the January 1,  2012 deadline for compliance with the 1999 EU battery cage ban.

In Ireland,  where farmers were mostly compliant,  “the Irish Farmers Association reported to the media that up to 100,000 birds would have to be slaughtered ‘early,’ as 10 farmers did not have the required cages to comply with new legislation,”  e-mailed Vegan Education Centre of Ireland diet and lifestyle coach Sandra Higgins to the U.S.-based organization United Poultry Concerns. Read more

Puppy millers move from malls to web sites

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  January/February 2012:

WASHINGTON D.C.,  NEW YORK,  LOS ANGELES–A concerted effort by humane organizations to discourage mall sales of puppy mill pups appears to be succeeding at possible cost of driving the traffic to web sites and social media. Mobilizing in response through web sites and social media, the Humane Society of the U.S. and the American SPCA on December 29, 2011 jointly announced that the USDA “plans to improve oversight of commercial dog breeders by issuing rules to regulate those breeders who sell over the Internet.” Read more

No more live birds sold in Stockton

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  January/February 2012:

STOCKTONCalif.– “Effective on January 7,  the first 2012
market,  live birds will no longer be sold at the Stockton Farmers’
Market!” Lesbian-Gay-Bisexual-Transgender Compassion founder Andrew
Zollman e-mailed to ANIMAL PEOPLE on January 6,  2012.
“We worked with the Animal Services division of the Stockton
Police,”  Zollman said.  “They agreed that California Penal Code
section 597.4,”  adopted in 2011 to control abuse of animals at flea
markets and other public events,  “does not exempt live poultry sold
as ‘food.'” Read more

A new day dawns for cats and dogs in southern China

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  October 2011:

WUXI,  China–Tipped off at 10 p.m. on August 3,  2011 that truckers planned to illegally haul a load of cats to live markets in Guangzhou,  Guangdong at dawn,  disguised as a cargo of furniture, members of the Wuxi Animal Protection Association in Jiangsu province mobilized overnight to intercept the truck at a toll booth at about 5:00 a.m. on August 4. Read more

Why shipping live pigs to Hawaii did not end with the ancient Polynesians & Captain Cook

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  October 2011:

–Five years of advocacy appears to have ended most of the retail end of the live pig trade to Hawaii.
Now comes the hard part:  ending the wholesale trade to hotels and restaurants that cater to tourists who visit Hawaii from all over the world,  but are usually there for just a few days out of a lifetime.  Hotel and restaurant demand accounted for more than 80% of live pig imports at the peak of the trade,  and with the retail trade shrinking,  may account for almost all of it now. Read more

Wins for apes

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  October 2011:

CAIRO,  DUBLIN— Egyptian animal advocate Dina Zulfikar and John Carmody,  founder of the Animal Rights Action Network in Limerick, Ireland,  agree that their longterm goal is not bigger cages but no cages.  Yet both were ecstatic in September 2011 over winning larger cages for several chimpanzees and gorillas for whom there is little hope of life outside of zoos. Read more

Opposition to dog meat traffic rises in China, Thailand, and Vietnam

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  October 2011:

– Public outrage on September 21, 2011 brought the abrupt cancellation of the eighth annual dog meat festival in Zhejiang,  China,  which had been scheduled for October 18.

From five to ten thousand dogs were to have been caged in the streets of Jinhua City,  Zhejiang province,  to be killed and butchered to visitors’ order.  “Dogs’ yelping fills the air throughout the the festival,”  reported The Shanghaiist. Read more

Live market victory

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  October 2011:

RICHMOND, Calif.–The Richmond,  California city council on September 27, 2011,  voted to end live bird sales at the city farmers’ market,  effective November 1.     “Two years ago,  live birds were sold at four Bay Area farmers’ markets.  Now, they are sold at none,”  exulted Lesbian,  Gay,  Bisexual,  & Transsexual Compassion founder Andrew Zollman.  “Further,”  Zollman said, “the Richmond city attorney confirmed our position that a new state law taking effect on January 1,  2012 will ban live poultry sales at farmers’ markets operating on any street,  highway,  public right-of-way,  or parking lot.  We hope to use this to end live poultry sales at all other California farmers’ markets.”

What is delaying the promised release of 72 dolphins illegally captured in Indonesia?

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  September 2011:

–Jakarta Animal Aid Network attorney Romy Daniel Tobing advised media on September 7,  2011 that JAAN is ready to pursue “the necessary legal enforcement measures” to ensure that the Indonesian forest ministry honors a memorandum of understanding to return 72 illegally captured dolphins of the wild.

“The commitment, which was signed in October 2010,  was to involve a joint effort by JAAN,  the forest ministry,  and Earth Island Institute to implement a five-year plan for dolphin protection,  rehabilitation and release,”  summarized Ismira Lutfia of the Jakarta Globe.

This largest-ever planned release of captive dolphins remains “caught in a net of delays,”  as Jakarta Post Central Java correspondent Maria Kegel put it three months ago.  That was already three months after Dolphin Project founder Ric O’Barry,  representing Earth Island Institute,  announced that the confiscation and release of the dolphins was imminent. Read more

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