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August 30, 2008
APES should no longer be used for entertainment [" 'Every Which Way but Abuse' Should Be Motto," by Rachel Abramowitz, Aug. 27]. To get chimpanzees to perform, trainers often beat them into submission; that is no way to treat animals, through violence and fear. With computer-generated images already available, the use of live animals in front of the camera should end. Anthony Montapert North Hollywood -- THIS article made me cry. It's hard to imagine anyone being so cruel as to viciously beat a young animal with pipes and broom handles for the sole purpose of making that animal perform tricks for a movie.
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February 18, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
Striking back at a proposed Idaho law that would ban undercover filming at farms, an animal rights group released video Tuesday of a dairy worker sexually abusing a cow. The graphic scene, recorded in 2012, was not initially released when Los Angeles-based Mercy for Animals pushed authorities to investigate animal abuse at Bettencourt Dairies in Idaho. The original video showed about two minutes of lashings, beatings and stompings suffered by cows. The dairy quickly fired five people after that video was released and installed surveillance cameras throughout its facility.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 8, 2009 | Jack Leonard
Furious that his girlfriend had broken up with him and stopped taking his calls, Steven Butcher decided to take his anger out on the couple's small puppy. "Every time you . . . don't pick up the phone, I am beating the dog," Butcher said in an angry voice-mail message he left for his ex-girlfriend. In a later message, as the dog yelped and cried in the background, he said: "You got some more of the dog getting beat."
NEWS
April 17, 2013 | By Carla Hall
The so-called ag-gag bill winding its way through the California Assembly has been pulled by its author, Jim Patterson, a Republican from Fresno. Smart move. The bill, AB 343, would have required anyone who videotapes, photographs or records incidents of animal cruelty to turn over the evidence to authorities within 48 hours  or be charged with an infraction of the law. Patterson said the bill, which was sponsored by the California Cattlemen's Assn., a nonprofit trade group representing ranchers and beef producers, was an attempt to bring abuse to light as soon as possible.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 11, 2012 | By Richard Verrier
Six months after HBO canceled its racetrack drama “Luck” in the wake of three horse deaths, questions continue be raised about whether there is adequate oversight of horses and animals used on movies and TV shows. The latest dispute has pitted the animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, which is opposed to use of any live animals on film sets, against the American Humane Assn., a nonprofit group responsible for the “no animals were harmed” credits on films and TV shows.
BUSINESS
October 11, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu
An Idaho dairy farm linked to Burger King, In-N-Out and other food companies has been accused by an animal rights group of “some of the most abusive treatment of animals” it had ever seen. Undercover video footage (warning: images may be disturbing) provided by Mercy For Animals shows employees at Bettencourt Dairies, which has more than 60,000 cows, stomping on and beating cattle, twisting their tails and using a tractor to drag one animal by its chained neck. The Murtaugh, Idaho, dairy works with cheese producers and suppliers, which in turn have deals with fast-food chains.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 17, 2000
May is Be Kind to Animals Month yet several events in Ventura County this month make a mockery of the observance. Rodeo involves inherent abuse of animals. Imagine running in fear from a pursuer when suddenly a rope yanks you violently by the neck. Imagine being slammed to the ground, your legs roughly tied together. Imagine having a strap pulled so tightly around your lower abdomen that you kick and thrash about in pain. Imagine having your neck brutally twisted. All of these actions cause pain and stress, and many of them cause injuries and death.
OPINION
February 11, 2009
Re "Putting the hurt on pet abusers," Feb. 8 I am grateful to The Times for alerting readers to the real and horrific link between those individuals who abuse animals and other forms of community violence. This cycle of violence is often accepted by society as "boys will be boys," but as sociologists and others are coming to understand, those who abuse vulnerable animals are just warming up, and animal abuse is a profound indicator of future antisocial behavior. I am glad that this is now being taken seriously by the Los Angeles Police Department and the Los Angeles City Council.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 19, 2003 | From Times Staff Reports
A woman pleaded no contest Wednesday to misdemeanor animal abuse charges for keeping 60 cats in cramped and unsanitary conditions in her West Hills home. Van Nuys Superior Court Judge Michael Hoff sentenced Marge Weems, 58, to three years' probation. During that time, she may not receive donations for animal rescues, operate an Internet site or run a pet shelter. Since 1992, Weems has operated the Angel Puss and Pooch Rescue in Canoga Park.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 20, 1990 | JANET BERGAMO
Former Piru residents Alfred and Robert Beem entered a plea of no contest Monday in what officials have called Ventura County's largest case of animal abuse this year. A sentencing hearing has been set for Jan. 4. The Beems had maintained their innocence of the misdemeanor charges of animal neglect since May, when more than 100 emaciated animals were taken from rented corrals on Piru Canyon Road. The animals, some of which have died, included horses, sheep, rabbits, dogs, a cat and a bird.
BUSINESS
January 24, 2013 | By Tiffany Hsu
McDonald's, one of the largest single buyers of fish in the country, said all of its Filet-O-Fish sandwiches and Fish McBites snacks will be made of Alaskan Pollack sustainably fished in the wild. And the company is willing to pay to prove it. The fast-food giant will pay annual fees and royalties to the Marine Stewardship Council for the right to slap the group's so-called ecolabel on its product packaging in its 14,000 stores nationwide. Mega-retailers such as Wal-Mart, Whole Foods and Walgreens already carry products bearing the blue label.
SPORTS
January 3, 2013 | By Houston Mitchell
HBO and Stewart Productions are being sued by a former American Humane Assn. employee for allegedly mistreating horses and then covering up the abuse during filming of the HBO series "Luck". According to the lawsuit, Casey says the AHA observed drugged horses, underweight and/or sick horses and the misidentification of horses by producers so that animal safety representatives couldn't track their medical histories. "Luck" was canceled in March after at least three horses died during filming.
NATIONAL
December 19, 2012 | By John M. Glionna
Mike McCusker is on the trail of an irresponsible trapper. For more than a week, the lieutenant with the Nevada Department of Wildlife led a team that operated around-the-clock surveillance on illegally set animal traps near a popular Sierra Nevada hiking trail. Investigators waited in the brush to spring their own legal trap. No arrests so far, but McCusker isn't giving up. “Where these guys set these traps just isn't very bright,” he told the Los Angeles Times.
BUSINESS
October 16, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu
An outbreak of E. coli cases linked to a North Carolina fair is raising questions about the safety of petting zoos and animal exhibits. So far, Cleveland County Health Director Dorothea Wyant said 38 cases, including the death of a 2-year-old boy, have been linked to the Cleveland County Fair. Of the 16 adults and 22 children involved, eight were hospitalized. Many had stopped by to see the sheep, goats and pigs used for livestock competitions and in the "huge" petting zoo, Wyant said.
BUSINESS
October 11, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu
An Idaho dairy farm linked to Burger King, In-N-Out and other food companies has been accused by an animal rights group of “some of the most abusive treatment of animals” it had ever seen. Undercover video footage (warning: images may be disturbing) provided by Mercy For Animals shows employees at Bettencourt Dairies, which has more than 60,000 cows, stomping on and beating cattle, twisting their tails and using a tractor to drag one animal by its chained neck. The Murtaugh, Idaho, dairy works with cheese producers and suppliers, which in turn have deals with fast-food chains.
BUSINESS
September 13, 2012 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski, Los Angeles Times
Internet video giant YouTube has found itself drawn into a global drama being played out in violent Mideast protests over a 14-minute video trailer for "Innocence of Muslims," raising questions about the website's responsibilities as the Internet's preeminent distributor of video. The trailer has been blamed for inciting violence in Libya, Egypt and Yemen. Obama administration officials said Thursday that they have asked YouTube to review the video and determine whether it violates the site's terms of service, according to people close to the situation but not authorized to comment.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 6, 1993
In your Aug. 29 story on the Ventura County Fair, one person interviewed at the rodeo stated: "Everybody should do what they like, I guess . . . the animals will survive." Perhaps this attitude explains why our hot line routinely receives calls describing cats killed with boiling water, kittens fed to starved dogs, rabbits thrown from two-story buildings, pit bull terriers beaten and abused until they learn to attack, roosters with razor-sharp slashers tied to their legs that are forced to tear each other apart, medical researchers abusing their status to torture everything from mice to monkeys.
MAGAZINE
February 22, 1998 | PATT MORRISON
It would never have crossed anyone's mind that we'd have Jeffrey Dahmer to thank for anything but recipe jokes. People remember two things about the Cheese Country cannibal: that as a man, he killed and ate his own kind, and that as a child, he loved to torture dogs. As in math, when two odd numbers add up to an even, in Dahmer's case, a right can emerge from two wrongs. Murder has always been taken seriously. Now, more and more, so is animal cruelty.
NATIONAL
September 13, 2012 | By Richard Simon
New York City could become the largest jurisdiction to establish a registry for animal abusers, similar to the ones for sex offenders, if it approves a law prompted by a man who threw his dog out of a third-story window. The measure introduced in the City Council this week would require convicted animal abusers to provide their names, home addresses and photographs for an online registry, available to animal shelters and pet shops. The abusers would be barred from owning animals.  “We want to keep defenseless animals out of the hands of known abusers,” said the measure's chief sponsor, Councilman Peter F. Vallone Jr.  The bill comes after a 30-year-old Queens, N.Y., man killed his pet Shar-Pei last year by throwing it out of his third-floor window.  The man was sentenced to 364 days in jail and barred from owning an animal for three years.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 11, 2012 | By Richard Verrier
Six months after HBO canceled its racetrack drama “Luck” in the wake of three horse deaths, questions continue be raised about whether there is adequate oversight of horses and animals used on movies and TV shows. The latest dispute has pitted the animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, which is opposed to use of any live animals on film sets, against the American Humane Assn., a nonprofit group responsible for the “no animals were harmed” credits on films and TV shows.
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