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New Laws to Start in California

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New legislation in California increases the misdemeanor penalty for animal neglect and makes it a crime to sell a live animal on any street, highway, public right-of-way, parking lot, or carnival. California SB 917 Two new laws in Oregon and California prohibit the possession, sale, trade or distribution of shark fins. The California law specifies that a person must hold a license in order to possess shark fins for scientific purposes. California AB 376.

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Mad Cow Disease Appears in California

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Potentially bad news for California Agriculture. The reemergence of mad cow disease, discovered in a California dairy cow, could have major implications for the state’s meat industry, even though officials have said that the human food supply is unaffected. In California, private and public ranching takes up about 38 million acres, according to the California Cattlemen’s Assn. There are about 620,000 beef cows on 11,800 California ranches.

California Exotic Animal Laws Criticized by Some

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Ohio's governor just signed an executive order modeled on California's exotic animal laws, actually spurring criticism of the effectiveness of those laws. exotic animals ohio california legislationHere's an interesting article.

"Happy Cows" Campaign in California Under Fire

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California dairy farmers have an ad campaign that cows are just darn happy on their factory farms. california advertising cows PETA farm animal welfare dairyPETA is not convinced. This article about the situation appears in the Merced Sun-Star which is from my home county of Merced!

Big Ag Upset Over California Antibiotics Ban

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I actually read one headline asking whether this was the beginning of the end of commercial farming in California. SB416, authored by state Majority Leader, Dean Florez (Democrat, Shafter), chairman of the California Senate Committee on Food and Agriculture, which approved the bill three votes to one on 21 April, would have the prohibition in place by 2015. Tags: california farm animal welfare us agribusiness

Going to California

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We'll be taking a week off in the wonderful town of Gustine CA , so we'll see about the blogging. We have a laptop, but internet connectivity may be spotty. The town will soon be chock full of Portuguese (Azoreans, to be exact). Lots of good old time religion, overeating, and cows. Muito Bem

Prop 2 Passes in California

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Proposition 2 has been passed in California. 4, 2008) – Voters in California approved an historic ballot measure to halt the inhumane confinement of animals on factory farms by an overwhelming margin. California voters have taken a stand for decency and compassion and said that the systemic mistreatment of animals on factory farms cannot continue," said Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of The Humane Society of the United States, the primary back of the YES!

Terrible News. US Supreme Court Strikes Down California "Downer Cow" Law

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At issue was whether federal regulations dealing with inspection of domesticated animals about to be killed, processed, and sold for human consumption preempted -- or nullified -- California Penal Code 599f. California's (law) endeavors to regulate the same thing, at the same time, in the same place -- except by imposing different requirements. us supreme court california cows livestock farm animal welfare factory farmClearly a win for the damn livestock industry.

California Budget Woes May Lead to More Shelter Deaths

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California's Ag Industry Worried that State Committee will Focus on "Emotion"

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There is definitely a new tide in California, post Proposition 2. In a move that elevated the anxiety level among grower-shippers, Darrell Steinberg, the new president pro-tem of the California state Senate, overhauled the body’s agriculture committee. Several environmental groups were represented at the news conference, during which Steinberg said the changes would usher in a new era in California agriculture policy. “My

Poet Laureate of California Questions Animal Testing

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Here's her piece in the Huffington Post.

Michigan to Follow California on Farm Animal Welfare?

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It looks like Michigan's Big Ag is afraid they could end up with their own Proposition 2.

Could California's Ban on Foie Gras Have a Domino Effect in the US?

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Pro-foie gras chefs seem to think so. Here's hoping that they are right! Read about it here

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See here. Addendum: I got to wondering about the origin of the term "hoe down." Here is what I found in the Oxford English Dictionary, 2d ed.: hoe-down A noisy, riotous dance; = breakdown 2. 1807 W. Irving Salmagundi 7 Mar. 98 As to dancing, no Long-Island negro could shuffle you ‘double trouble’, or ‘hoe corn and dig potatoes’ more scientifically.] 1841 Picayune (New Orleans) 14 Jan.

Happy Ending for a Rescued Sea Lion

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West Hollywood, CA, Approves Fur Ban

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california legislation fur fashion animal lawIt's the first fur ban in the United States. Here's hoping there are many more to come!

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Feds Approve Killing Sea Lions in the Columbia River

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The Federal government has approved the killing of California Sea Lions in the Columbia River, blaming them for killing and eating endangered salmon. cull State of Washington salmon california columbia river sea lionsNever mind the main reasons for the problems with the salmon: hatcheries, human harvest, hydropower and the destruction of habitat.

Best & Worst States for Animal Protection

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BEST STATES California (best-yay!) BEST Illinois (best) Maine Michigan Oregon California WORST Mississippi Idaho Hawaii North Dakota Kentucky. animal abuse animal cruelty california legislation humane society usAccording to this Technorati article , the Humane Society rated the states on their animal protection laws.

CA Wildlife Official Photographed with Dead Mountain Lion

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Outcry is growing against one of California’s top wildlife officials after a photo of him holding a dead mountain lion surfaced online last week. Dan Richards, president of the California Fish and Game Commission, is shown in the photo, holding a mountain lion he reportedly hunted and killed in Idaho, according to Western Outdoor Press, which published the photo. Hunting mountain lion is legal in Idaho, but illegal in California. What was this idiot thinking?

Witherspoon in Trouble for Python Purse

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And it's illegal for her to have it at least in the State of California. wildlife trafficking california Stupid python entertainment exotic skins snakesFor some bizarre reason (hopefully just ignorance), Reese Witherspoon has pissed off animal rights activists by purchasing and carrying around a purse made out of python skin. Python skinning is horrible, brutal and repulsive. And she paid $4,000 for it. Sorry, but that's stupid enough on its own. 4,000 for a frigging purse?!

Weird Opinion Piece Re: Animal Abuse Registry

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Here's a link to his opinion piece on the proposed animal abuse registry in California. Tags: jerk california animal abuse registry I can't tell whether this Phil Bronstein is just being a jerk. My first impression is that he's being an a#$#le, but maybe I'm overeacting because I don't agree with him.

HSUS Video about Feral Cat Rescue

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So here is a nice story and video about a HSUS rescue of a California feral colony. Tags: HSUS california animal rescue feral cats I've been way overworked and stressed lately. Haven't been into deep posts at all. It makes me want to get back into animal rescue, which is where my animal rights activism started.

Warning! Sad Story Ahead

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sad story animal research spain california dogs animal laboratories beaglesThis is such a sad story. A beagle rescued from a laboratory in Spain and brought to the Los Angeles has run off and his humans are trying to find him. :-(.

San Francisco Passes Anti-Foie Gras Resolution

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California will be banning that awful stuff in about three years. Tags: meat california foie gras San Francisco supervisors have passed a resolution supporting city restaurants that remove foie gras from their menus. Foie gras is the liver of a duck or a goose that has been specially fattened by force feeding. I just find the whole description vile and gruesome.).

Update on National Meat Association vs. Brown

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Brown, a case in which the meat industry is attempting to invalidate a California law designed to reduce animal suffering and protect public safety. At issue is Section 599f of the California Penal Code, which, among other things, prohibits slaughterhouses from purchasing, receiving, selling, dragging, or pushing non-ambulatory animals, also known as “downers,” and requires immediate euthanasia of such animals. Did anyone know this was going on?

Wolfgang Puck Sends Letter Supporting End to Foie Gras Sales

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So, he penned an open letter to California restaurants still serving foie gras. Check it: california legislation wolfgang puck restaurants foie grasFrom Sfist.com. Although his gastronomic reputation has, let's fact it, been marred due to his frozen food and canned soup lines, Spago founder and chef Wolfgang Puck still has some pull.

Followup: Witherspoon Will Stop Carrying Python Purse

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california python entertainment exotic skins snakesI don't know what she's going to do with it, but at least she'll stop carrying it. She's supposedly a vegetarian and is friends with Walk the Line co-star Joaquin Phoenix who is a huge animal rights activist and vegan. I still don't understand what she was doing. She knew it was an animal skin.and she spent $4,000 on it? CRAZY! PETA is very happy.

Steps Towards Ending Factory Farming?

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This concession was to avoid a November ballot vote a la California's Proposition 2. The surprise truce in Ohio follows stronger limits imposed by California voters in 2008; there, extreme caging methods will be banned altogether by 2015. In another sign of the growing clout of the animal welfare movement, a law passed in California this year will also ban imports from other states of eggs produced in crowded cages.

Sea Shepherd Busts Whale Meat Importer

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Sea Shepherd Conservation Society is just about ready to chalk up a win against a California seafood dealer who imported endangered whale meat from Tokyo and sold it to Califorian restaurants. sea shepherd california whales JapanFrom examiner.com. Today, according to Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, Ginichi Y Ohira was charged in Los Angeles federal court with selling whale meat in violation of the Federal Marine Mammal Protection Act.

Protester Sentenced to Probation

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Update on Proposition 2 in CA

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Again, thanks to Farmed Animal Net for this update on California's proposition 2. California’s Proposition 2 is not solely about the California egg business but is also about the egg industry’s national survival, warned Gene Gregory at the annual legislative meeting of United Egg Producers (UEP). In July, the California Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA)’s board of directors voted 9-4 to endorse Prop 2. Tags: california farm animal welfare factory farm us

Beef Farm's Trucks Burned by Activists

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And, this happened in Fresno County which is in the San Joaquin Valley of California. california activism san joaquin valley cows farm animal welfare agricultureI don't support the destruction of property or any physical threats against people who harm animals whether through medical testing or through conventional agriculture. It does nothing but make the targets more wedded to their positions and it garners sympathy from the general public.

Bloodless Bullfights No Longer Interest Me

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I used to support the bloodless bullfights held in California. Anyway, here is an article that describes the practice and provides some background on the Portuguese-Americans in California. Tags: portuguese-americans california bullfighting These bullfights are allowed because they are part of religious festivals in the Portuguese-American community.

US Judge Asked to Hear Case about Orcas

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PETA claims the captured killer whales are treated like slaves, forced to live in tanks and perform daily at its parks in San Diego, California and Orlando, Florida. Sea World san diego killer whales california entertainment Orcas PETAWe'll see how it goes. Even when we lose these battles, the fact that they are heard at all is an important step. Barriers are broken and precedents are set for the future. I'm tired of being a pessimist all the time.

Veterinary Association Did Not Support Prop 2

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Prop 2 Opponents Accused of Laundering Money

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In a complaint filed September 3 with California’s Fair Political Practices Commission, YES! on Prop 2 charges that the United Egg Producers (UEP), the No on 2 campaign, and its donors are concealing out-of-state contributions to the political campaign against Prop 2 , in clear violation of California campaign finance laws. Tags: eggs california factory farm agribusiness This news is from early September and is reported by Wayne Pacelle of the Humane Society.

San Francisco Considers Banning Pet Sales

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Who is Jennifer Fearing?

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Vote Yes on Prop 2

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Proposition 2 will end some of the more horrendous practices of factory farming in California