Murders over animal fighting

From ANIMAL PEOPLE, November/December 2013:
CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico––Chihuahua state general prosecutor
Jorge Gonzalez Nicolas told media on November 20, 2013 that police had
arrested suspects Jesus Mendoza Hernandez, 21, and Edgar Lujan
Guevara, 31, in the alleged dogfighting-related murders of a family of
eight, and were seeking a third suspect.
The suspects “took money and three vehicles. It was all
apparently because of a bet made at a pit bull dog fight,” Gonzalez
Nicolas said, contrary to speculation in some media that a dog stud fee
was at issue.
The sum in dispute was reportedly $115.

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Protests close beagle lab

From ANIMAL PEOPLE, November/December 2013:


RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil–– The Instituto Royal in Sao Roque,
Sao Paulo state on November 6, 2013 announced that it would go out of
Protesters on October 18, 2012 stormed the lab, seizing 178
beagles who had been used in pharmaceutical testing. About 500
activists allegedly including members of the Black Block anarchist group
fought police outside the lab the following day, torching a police car
and two cars belonging to a local TV station.
The Instituto Royal operating permit had been suspended by the
Sao Roque city government pending completion of an investigation of
alleged animal abuse.

Sea turtle egg poachers charged with killing Costa Rican conservationist

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  September 2013: (Actually published on October 8,  2013)

LIMON,  Costa Rica––Nine alleged sea turtle egg poachers and drug smugglers are facing charges in connection with the killing of marine biologist Jairo Sandoval Mora,  26,  and the sexual assault of at least two of the four women who accompanied him on a patrol of Moin Beach near Limon on the night of May 31,  2013. Read more

Abolishing wildlife captivity gains momentum in Latin America

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  September 2013: (Actually published on October 8,  2013)

SAN JOSE,  Costa Rica––An appeal to an administrative law court filed by the zoo management foundation Fundazoo is the last hope the 97-year-old Simón Bolívar Zoo in San José and the Santa Ana conservation center have to remain open past 2014. 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

Three nations move against hunting

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  January/February 2013:


SAN JOSE,  Costa Rica;  GABORONE,  Botswana;  LUSAKA,  Zambia––The national legislature of Costa Rica on December 10,  2012 finalized a national ban on sport hunting,  provisionally approved in October by a vote of 41-5. The hunting ban,  the first Costa Rican law passed by voter initiative,  was submitted to the legislature after more than 177,000 Costa Ricans signed petitions favoring it.  Read more

Libertarian appeal to Supreme Court stalls Costa Rican hunting ban

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  October 2012: (Actually published on November 1,  2012.)

SAN JOSE,  Costa Rica–Fourteen lawmakers led by eight members of the Libertarian Movement party on October 4,  2012 stalled the anticipated passage of a Costa Rican national ban on sport hunting by asking the Constitutional Chamber of the Costa Rican Supreme Court to review the constitutionality of the ban,  which would be central to a new national Wildlife Act.

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Bogotá bans arena bullfights, but participant bullfights continue in Colombian hinterlands

From ANIMAL PEOPLE, July/August 2012:

Bogotá bans bullfights, but “corralejas” continue in Colombian hinterlands

BOGOTA, Colombia— Bogotá mayor Gustavo Petro “has stated that he will end bullfighting after bullfight organizers Taurine Corporation refused to agree that animals would not be killed during the fights,” announced Animal Defenders International chief executive Jan Creamer on June 15, 2012.

“We are close to seeing an end to bullfighting in Bogotá, thanks to cultural and social change,” said ADI Colombian representative Eduardo Peña. Added ADI spokesperson Matt Rossell, “It is envisaged that the Plaza La Santamaría, where bullfights are currently held, and the surrounding area will developed into a cultural hub.” The Petro administration has already published a four-year plan for redeveloping Plaza La Santamaría. Read more

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