Friends of Animals sues to stop plan to kill barred owls instead of protecting spotted owl habitat

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

 SACRAMENTO––A U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service plan to kill federal protected barred owls to benefit endangered northern spotted owls violates the Migratory Bird Treaty Act,  Friends of Animals alleged in an October 1,  2013 lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Sacramento,  California. Read more

Lawsuits for failure to impound pit bulls

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

CHARLESTON,  W.V.––The West Virginia Supreme Court on September 27,  2013 reinstated a lawsuit brought against  Monroe County dog warden Patricia Green for failing to impound several pit bulls,  allegedly the subjects of frequent complaints,  who on November 27,  2009 mauled Lowell Bowden,  70,  of Lindside. “Maimed beyond recognition,”   according to the brief filed by Bowden’s widow,  Dreama Bowden,   the victim died seven days later. The case also names Monroe County itself,  the American Modern Home Insurance Company,   and the four people whose pit bulls attacked Bowden.   Read more

BOOKS: The State of Canada’s Birds 2012

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

By the North American Bird Conservation Initiative (NABCI-Canada),  under the leadership of Environment Canada,  Bird Studies Canada, Ducks Unlimited Canada,  Nature Canada,  the Nature Conservancy of Canada and Wildlife Habitat Canada |  Free download:  www.stateofcanadasbirds.org and   Avian Conservation & Ecology 8(2).   Free download:  www.ace-eco.org/vol8/iss2/art1

Alleged an October 1,  2013 media release from the American Bird Conservancy,  “A new study from the government of Canada that looked at more than 25 human-caused sources of bird mortality has found that domestic cats, both feral and owned,  are the leading lethal threat to birds in the country.” Read more

New Gentle Barn IRS Form 990 filings respond to probe by California Attorney General

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  July-August 2013:

SANTA CLARITA,  California––Newly accessible IRS Form 990 filings for 2010 and 2011 from The Gentle Barn Foundation hint at a history of financial irregularities,  some of which were also alleged in three lawsuits filed in 2012 by five former staff.  The lawsuits were recently settled in mediation on undisclosed terms. Read more

Laws pre-empting breed-specific ordinances pass––but polls tilt the other way

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  July-August 2013:

HARTFORD,  RENO,  PRESCOTT,  CALGARY–Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval and Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy on May 24 and June 6,  2013  endorsed into law bills that prohibit municipalities from passing breed-specific dog ordinances.  A similar bill passed both houses of the Rhode Island legislature between May 27 and July 2,  but had not yet been signed by Governor Lincoln Chaffee when ANIMAL PEOPLE went to press two weeks later.   Read more

Another summer of mayhem & mendacity on the rodeo circuit

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  July-August 2013:

CALGARY,  RENO––The July 11,  2013 death of a chuckwagon outrider’s horse from officially unknown causes and the death of a steer who suffered a broken neck two days earlier during a steer wrestling event raised the Calgary Stampede animal death count to 62 in the 27 years that fatalities have been tracked.   Read more

National Institutes of Health confirms it will phase out chimpanzee experiments

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  July-August 2013:

WASHINGTON D.C.––The National Institutes of Health on June 26,  2013 confirmed that it intends to retire about 310 chimpanzees from research use during the next few years,  retaining 50 “if needed for crucial medical studies that could be performed no other way,”  reported Associated Press medical writer Lauran Neergaard. Read more

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