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March 28, 1993 | Kathleen Moloney
Barbara Fabricant is frustrated. More than 20 pet poisonings and maimings have occurred in the Silver Lake hills in the past five months and she hasn't got a clue about the culprit or the motive. "I've seen hundreds of strychnine poisoning cases," she says. "Usually it's a neighbor who doesn't like the sound of dogs barking or hates cats because they spray. This time it's both dogs and cats." Fabricant, 67, is no novice when it comes to defending helpless creatures.
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.
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.
June 4, 1988
It is a sad comment on the motives of the San Diego Zoological Society when keepers who are concerned about the well-being of an animal are made to feel threatened and uncomfortable while those responsible for the excessive treatment are protected with feeble explanations of a lost temper. If a parent had lost his or her temper and beat a child to the point that wounds took three months to heal, screams of child abuse would be heard far and wide! Unfortunately, the "hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil" treatment our local media bestows upon the zoological society is partly responsible for these excesses.
February 13, 1992
The battle over alleged animal abuse at shelters run by Los Angeles heated up Wednesday as one City Council member insisted the problem is one of "leadership" at the Animal Regulation Department, while the director of that department blamed budget cuts. Councilwoman Ruth Galanter wanted the council to ask for a grand jury probe of the charges of mistreatment of animals, but after heated debate, the council put off a decision until Friday.
September 19, 2006
Re "Painted Pachyderm Draws Outcry," Sept. 16 Only the desperately trendy could be attracted to the latest debacle by British artist Banksy. In his art exhibit's feature piece, "Elephant in the Room," a fully painted live elephant is made to stand in a putrid warehouse for eight hours at a stretch. By exploiting the 38-year-old elephant, Banksy supposedly comments on big problems nobody talks about, like poverty or bad water. His ironically flat-footed metaphor misses the real elephant in the room: animal abuse.
April 17, 2008 | Tony Barboza
An animal rights organization is urging the Orange County district attorney's office to "vigorously" prosecute a man who allegedly took a video of himself abusing rabbits and a dog, then posted it on, calling his behavior "extremely severe." Joseph Anthony Deiss, 19, of Yorba Linda was charged last week with three counts of animal cruelty and three counts of animal abuse by a caretaker after allegedly throwing a pug and two rabbits 15 to 30 feet in the air and allowing them to hit the ground.
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