Arkansas May Enact Tougher Animal Cruelty Laws

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They are one of only 5 states that doesn't have a felony animal cruelty law. A task force is now looking into changing that

Arkansas Out of the Dark Ages with Cruelty Law

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Mike Beebe has signed into law new animal-cruelty restrictions that make aggravated cruelty to cats, dogs and horses a felony on the first offense. Arkansas becomes the 46th state to make cruelty to animals a felony, according to the Humane Society of the United States. The law, which will take effect 90 days after the Legislature adjourns, makes aggravated animal cruelty on first offense punishable by a fine of up to $10,000 and up to six years in prison.

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Quebec to Review Puppy Mill Laws

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The fallout from the huge puppy mill seizure is fueling calls for a review of Quebec's animal rights laws, which are abysmal even for Canada. Animal welfare workers are calling for stricter laws on breeding facilities after more than 500 allegedly malnourished dogs were seized from a Quebec puppy farm last week. You need to reopen the law to change the fines," said a representative from an animal welfare group. breeders canada animal cruelty quebec puppy mills dogs

Will Arizona Exempt Animal Testing from Cruelty Laws?

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Unbelievable, but this stupid exemption is gaining support. Supposedly people either 1) believe the State has no place overseeing labs (USDA does that) and 2) bioscience is already very well-regulated. This is all about making the stupid state friendly to the biotech industry. What next? They get a huge tax break?

Ontario Updates Animal Welfare Law

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Bill 50 makes it a provincial offence to abuse any animal, and it establishes the strongest penalties in the country for those charged with animal cruelty -- including the potential to prohibit offenders from owning animals ever again. Tags: animal law Finally. It's the first update since 1919. That's right 1919. Yeesh.

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Georgia Dog-Fighting Law Having an Impact

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Considering the state had one of the weakest dog-fighting laws in the nation, that's no compliment. But since a new and tougher dog fighting law was passed in May 2008, multiple arrests have been made, with more on the horizon. Georgia's new dog fighting law makes it a felony to train, transport, sell or own a fighting dog, or to advertise, promote or bet on fights. Tags: animal cruelty georgia blood sport legislation dog fighting us This is a good thing.

Ontario Animal Welfare Law Goes Into Effect

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It is now law as of March 1. The provincial government says it's gone from "worst to first" and Ontario is now the only jurisdiction in Canada with special protections for law-enforcement animals like police dogs and horses. The legislation also imposes new rules on the province's dozens of roadside zoos, giving the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals the right to inspect them.

Hard for Russian Veterinarians to Use Anesthesia Due to Russian Drug Laws

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After eight years of fighting a strict law that virtually bans an anesthetic essential for their work, Russia's veterinarians say they have nearly reached the end of their tether. This has left vets between a rock and a hard place, with two contradictory laws condemning them whichever way they turn. "If So a vet is faced with the choice of which law to break," Novozhilova said. leaving them to sometimes do procedures with nothing to numb the animals' pain.

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Supreme Court Strikes Down Depiction of Animal Cruelty Act

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The Supreme Court struck down a law that outlawed the depiction of animal cruelty. A federal judge disagreed and a jury convicted him of selling banned depictions of dog fights in violation of the 1999 law. A federal appeals court overturned the conviction by declaring the underlying law unconstitutional. On Tuesday, the US Supreme Court also declared the law unconstitutional, but on different legal grounds

Prevention of Equine Cruelty Act Passed House Judiciary

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The Prevention of Equine Cruelty Act (H.R. The bill must be passed by the House and Senate before it can become law. Tags: horse animal cruelty legislation Slaughterhouse us It amazes me that legislative business is still being conducted in DC these days, what with the US economic sky falling. Especially animal business. 6598) is a bill that criminalizes the sale and transportation of horses for slaughter.

Physicians Committee Accuses University of Washington of Cruelty to Ferrets

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A national physicians group has filed a federal complaint against the University of Washington, saying its use of ferrets to train medical residents in emergency procedures on babies and children violates a federal animal-welfare law. I live in Seattle and I am always skeptical of how the UW treats its lab animals. I had never heard of the use of ferrets in medical research though. News to me.

Beijing Olympics End, Let the Cruelty Begin Anew

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I did have issues with the host country in this case because of the horrible way they treat animals, and their lack of any animal cruelty laws. I didn't watch a single minute of the games. From what I understand they were a wonderful testament to the combination of totalitarian governance married to vast corporate wealth. Yippee. Note - this is not a knock against all those that competed. I don't have issues with them.

Biggest Dogfighting Raid in US History

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Tags: animal cruelty law enforcement blood sport dog fighting

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Supreme Court to Review Legality of Animal Abuse Videos

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The justices said they would review, at the request of the federal government, an appeals court decision that said Congress's broad attempt to discourage animal cruelty by outlawing its depiction violates the First Amendment. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit in Philadelphia voted 10 to 3 last summer to find unconstitutional the rarely used law passed by Congress in 1999. Thanks to Animal Law Online for the catch. You'd think it would be a no-brainer, but no.

One of the Grossest Stories I've Ever Read

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Jasha Lottin, Portland Nudist, Broke No Laws by Killing, Gutting Horse, then Posing Naked Inside Carcass (NSFW Pics). horse animal cruelty Stupid idiocyThis woman is just not mentally fit.

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Ringling Brothers Wins Court Case Over Elephant Abuse

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FEI) at the outset of a nine-year-old suit brought by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) that culminated in a six-week trial in March. Tags: circus animal law elephants Pretty heavy blow. US District Judge Emmet Sullivan signed the December 30 ruling in favor of Ringling's owner, Virginia-based Feld Entertainment Inc.

John Passmore (1914-2004) on the History of Animal Cruelty

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In all these cases, of course, a minority opinion would support laws which go further than the present laws in limiting the circumstances in which men are entitled to cause pain to animals. Once a definite social movement got under way in the West with its objective the restricting of man's treatment of animals, it moved with relative rapidity. Moral philosophers began to regard it as an obvious truth that it is wrong to treat animals cruelly.

Best & Worst States for Animal Protection

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According to this Technorati article , the Humane Society rated the states on their animal protection laws. animal abuse animal cruelty california legislation humane society usBEST STATES California (best-yay!) New Jersey Illinois Massachusetts Colorado Maine WORST STATES Ohio Hawaii Alabama North Dakota Mississippi Idaho South Dakota (worst) According to the Animal Legal Defense Fund, the states fell this way.

PETA Targets Live Octopus Meals.in New York!

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PETA is arguing that this practice violates New York's anti-cruelty laws. Tags: octopus New York animal cruelty restaurants PETA Live octopus are apparently being served LIVE in some New York restaurants. Good grief! Octopus are highly intelligent creatures.not that ANY creature should suffer like this. It's apparently a practice around the world. This link has a video with some examples.

Humane Society Puts Pressure on South Carolina's Bear Baying

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State law on the issue is murky. And while South Carolina's attorney general says animal cruelty laws prohibit bear baying, he hasn't prosecuted any cases. Tags: animal cruelty blood sport south carolina humane society bears hunting Ugh, this is barbaric and right out of the dark ages. From the AP. A declawed, defanged bear is chained to a stake as hunting dogs bark and snap, trying to force the bear to stand on its hind legs.

On Wipeout and Lion Burgers

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The commentator says that part of her winnings will go to abolish animal cruelty (yes, abolish). Interviewer: "Wait, so you want to abolish animal cruelty, except for chickens and fish, (pointing at the contestant) because she doesn't like them?". I think you actually support animal cruelty." If you kill animals or pay someone to do so for you, you support animal cruelty. They're from a legal farm in Illinois, so the law isn't the reason.

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UC Davis Named in Criminal Complaint for Mistreatment of Lab Animals

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SAEN said UC Davis is responsible for the deaths of at least 14 monkeys over an 11-month period from June of 2008 to April of this year, and that the deaths violated federal law. Tags: universities animal experimentation animal research animal cruelty From the Los Angeles Chronicle.

Animal Welfare Act Inadequate for Farm Animals

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Laws remain grossly inadequate as do practices at our nation’s slaughterhouses,” says Farm Sanctuary President and Co-Founder Gene Baur. Baur believes that slaughterhouse cruelty can be reduced by simple operational changes, such as slowing down the slaughter lines. Tags: animal cruelty proposition 2 cattle farm animal welfare agribusiness This is really interesting. How many people know this about the Animal Welfare Act? I certainly didn't.

Travis the Chimp is the Victim

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And Connecticut needs to pass some serious laws to stop this kind of ridiculous behavior. Tags: chimpanzees animal cruelty Stupid us There has been so much said about Travis the chimp this week. It's 1) a gory story with 2) the bizarre tie-in to the New York Post's inexplicable use of Travis' image in a cartoon about the stimulus package. What were they thinking?) That image was wrong on so many levels. But let's stick to the animal rights issue.

On "Evil"

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First, I do think people can either be desensitized to the rampant cruelty depicted in Earthlings, or so terrified of what might happen if they let it affect them that they simply shut down. In other words, the Law of Attraction tells them that if they start thinking about the "evil" in the world, they will bring evil to them. A couple of days ago, Gingerlks commented (in part): " anyone who could watch Earthlings & not be moved is the same kind of evil.heartless.

Unexpected Farm Animal Deal in Ohio

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Animal welfare groups led by the Humane Society of the United States have agreed to abandon a fall ballot issue against animal cruelty as part of a deal with state farm groups brokered by Gov. Ted Strickland.The deal calls for Strickland, the Humane Society, the Ohio Farm Bureau and their partners to join forces in favor of tougher laws governing farm animals, including provisions that ban certain crates and cages and the use of strangulation as a form of euthanasia.

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From Today's New York Times

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Stevens , the Supreme Court last year overturned a 1999 law banning depictions of animal cruelty on the grounds of overbreadth. The justices were legitimately concerned that the law could impede valid speech. These videos, the subject of House legislation and of a bill that we plan to introduce, are beyond “disgusting”—and go beyond conventional conceptions of animal cruelty. To the Editor: Re “ Disgusting but Not Illegal ” (editorial, Aug.

National Justice for Animals Week

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Here is the full press release: During its first-ever National Justice for Animals Week, February 22 – 28, 2009, the national non-profit Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) is recognizing some of the top law enforcement professionals in the nation for getting real justice for animals who are victims of abuse. Adam was rescued by an 11-year-old boy who also later identified the girls who committed the crime, allowing them to be charged with felony animal cruelty.

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Animal Rights is Pernicious Nonsense?

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In " 'Animal Rights:' Pernicious Nonsense for Both Law & Public Policy ," Massachusetts attorney and "sportsman" Richard Latimer is on the mark with some concepts, and way off with others. The ethic isn't dishonest, it's just that some people believe that due to the controversy over fur, the reality that it is unnecessary and the hideous cruelty to creatures most people have an affection for because they're cute, fur is an easy target to focus on.

From Today's New York Times

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To the Editor: As Mark Bittman rightly notes, California’s new farm animal welfare law presages what is coming for all farm animal industries nationally (“ Hens, Unbound ,” column, Jan. There is no difference between cruelty to a pig or a dog or a hen or a cat, and so the sooner we relegate these awful devices to the dustbin of history, the better.

Appeal Denied for Six Activists Convicted Under AEPA

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Six members of Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty were convicted at a 2006 trial in New Jersey of conspiracy to violate the 1992 Animal Enterprise Protection Act. The law, since revised, aimed to protect animal research laboratories from illegal, sometimes violent protests. It was a 2-1 decision by the US Court of Appeals. From the Philadelphia Inquirer.

On Trial: Animal Torture Videos vs. Free Speech

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At issue in the case is the constitutionality of a decade old law passed by Congress and signed by President Clinton in 1999. That law, U.S. Code, Title 18.48, made it a federal crime to knowingly create, sell, or possess a depiction of animal cruelty with the intention of placing that depiction in interstate or foreign commerce for commercial gain. The 1999 law banning crush videos was enacted for similar reasons. Today, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear U.S. Stevens.

Bloodless Bullfights No Longer Interest Me

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But within the last year, an animal cruelty investigation almost shut one down because spikes were being used to antagonize the bull. This was a clear violation of animal law. I used to support the bloodless bullfights held in California. These bullfights are allowed because they are part of religious festivals in the Portuguese-American community. We are in Gustine and we were invited to the spectacle being held tonight. I said no.

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Humane Society Endorses Obama

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As an Illinois state senator, he backed at least a dozen animal protection laws, including those to strengthen the penalties for animal cruelty, to help animal shelters, to promote spaying and neutering, and to ban the slaughter of horses for human consumption. Not a big surprise considering McCain's VP choice. I’m proud to announce today that the HSLF board of directors—which is comprised of both Democrats and Republicans—has voted unanimously to endorse Barack Obama for President.

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Little guy with big heart helping animals!

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Ready to respond at a moment’s notice, the HSUS Animal Rescue Team uses its equipment, expertise, and other resources to assist law enforcement agencies with investigation, evidence collection, and animal seizure as well to coordinate animal care, sheltering, and relocation.

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From Today's New York Times

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People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals applauds the efforts of those district attorneys and animal control officers who are enforcing the law against those few chefs who continue to flout it. PETA urges everyone to avoid this product of cruelty to animals. To the Editor: “ Some in California Skirt a Ban on Foie Gras ” (news article, Aug.

ALDF Provides Grant to Fund Investigation of Animal Abuse

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Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy announced today that Dearborn dog hoarder Kenneth Lang Jr is being charged with two counts of cruelty to 10 or more animals, after more than 100 live and approximately 150 dead Chihuahuas and Chihuahua mixes were removed from the filthy home this past July. The Animal Legal Defense Fund provided $3500.00 to investigate the abuse of over 100 dogs by an animal hoarder in Michigan. From the ALDF site: Dearborn, Mich.–

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From Today's New York Times

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Compassionate consumers can take a stand against this cruelty by choosing vegan options. BRUCE FRIEDRICH Senior Policy Director Farm Sanctuary Washington, March 4, 2014 To the Editor: The humane laws for hens in California that provide them more space in which to live should be countrywide.

Steven M. Wise on Farm Animals

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Their interests are primarily protected, if at all, through archaic state anti-cruelty statutes that were not passed in contemplation of the factory-farm or genetic engineering. Because Congress has pre-empted the field, states have been unable to enact additional laws that require meat producers to provide consumers with accurate and relevant product information.

From Today's New York Times

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To the Editor: Re “ Animal Cruelty and Free Speech ” (editorial, Oct. 6): I do not agree that “anyone with an appreciation for the First Amendment” must conclude that “crush videos” or videos of vicious dogfights are protected speech and that the federal law in question should therefore be struck down. The law speaks specifically and narrowly to the distribution for profit of videos that show illegal acts of cruelty actually being performed on live animals (my italics).

From Today's New York Times

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19): The Supreme Court should reinstate a crucial 1999 federal law banning the commercial sale of videos depicting animal cruelty. In the 10 years that the law has been in place, it has been used only to stop people from selling videos of dogs tearing one another apart in organized dogfighting, the underlying crime now treated as a felony offense in every state. To the Editor: Re “ A Free Speech Battle Arises From Videos of Fighting Dogs ” (front page, Sept.

What to do if you no longer can care for your bearded dragon.

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Since there are many laws and fines against animal cruelty or irresponsible pet ownership, its possible that the man felt this was his only recourse. Many pet owners are able to enjoy their pets for the entire duration of the animal’s life.

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Brooklyn Woman Assaults Two ASPCA Agents

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Responding to an anonymous tip about a neglected cat, the Humane Law Enforcement agents arrived at Stewart’s residence to find a seven-week-old, one-pound orange tabby with his whiskers cut off and a serious injury to his right front paw. Says Joseph Pentangelo, Assistant Director of ASPCA Humane Law Enforcement, “In response to the agents’ decision to seize the kitten, Stewart choked and knocked down one of the ASPCA uniformed officers and punched the other.&#.

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