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September 14, 1988
While I am, being human, vulnerable to disease myself, as are my human loved ones, and feel it most worthy to gain and promote knowledge that contributes to the improvement of general health, when I ask myself, "How much pain and suffering of a laboratory animal can I find acceptable so that it may benefit my health," my answer is still none. Abuse by design is an intrinsically immoral act. ELAINE LIVESEY, Los Angeles
December 16, 2013 | By Tiffany Hsu
Several major retailers, including H&M, ASOS and Calvin Klein, have halted production of items made with the fur of angora rabbits following the release of an undercover video showing the animals shrieking as the fibers are pulled from their skin. But Zara is not one of them, according to animal-welfare activists, who are now turning their attention to the Spanish brand. The retailer -- a division of the world's largest apparel retailer, Inditex Group -- still has more than 60 angora items for sale on its website, according to advocacy group SumOfUs.
November 16, 2008
Re "Terrorism in the name of animal rights," Opinion, Nov. 12 Although I agree with P. Michael Conn that animal activists who threaten researchers with violence or place bombs under their cars should be called terrorists, I disagree with his analogy regarding animal rights. It's ridiculous, of course, to imagine a rabbit's surviving family suing the fox that killed it -- but very different imagining a lawsuit brought against a research lab on behalf of a monkey. Does the fox have a moral or legal obligation to treat other animals humanely?
August 24, 2013 | By Carla Rivera
Activists supporting liberation of all animals from captivity planned to rally in downtown Los Angeles on Saturday. Participants were expected to gather at Pershing Square at about noon and march along Broadway and Spring streets to Grand Park across from City Hall. Organizers said marchers will wear blindfolds that will be simultaneously removed as they declare "Our eyes are open to their pain. " The event is set to coincide with similar demonstrations in 33 cities around the world as part of International March for Animal Liberation.
November 25, 2010 | By Robert Faturechi, Los Angeles Times
When UCLA neuroscientist J. David Jentsch was a grad student, he never expected his life as an academic would require around-the-clock armed guards, or a closed-circuit TV inside his bedroom so he could keep constant watch over his home. But the high-powered security proved necessary again this month when the researcher, who experiments on monkeys, opened a letter left in his mailbox to discover razor blades and a death threat. "We follow you on campus," Jentsch recalled the note reading.
October 23, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
One day after meeting with Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, about two dozen activists with the Animal Defense League protested at a Los Angeles Police Department event he attended Saturday at Paramount Studios. The activists want the mayor to fire the chief of the city's Animal Services Department because of what they say is the city's high rate of euthanizing dogs. They called off a protest at Villaraigosa's home after he agreed to meet with them Friday.
January 28, 1988 | STEVE PADILLA, Times Staff Writer
A Sun Valley kennel has been put under 24-hour guard by city animal-regulation officers after a break-in there this week by pet owners who contend that they were misled into giving away their dogs and cats. Some pet owners found their pets at the kennel, which is federally licensed to sell animals to research laboratories.
August 21, 1985 | BOB POOL, Times Staff Writer
'I can't turn them away. I spend every dime I get on them. People think I'm nuts.' William Long Dedicated to animal rescue work. The reaction was the same on both sides of the cage door Tuesday at the Castaic animal shelter. William Long was just as happy to see his two dogs as they were to see him. Long owns 87 dogs that have been confiscated by authorities in a dispute between Long and the owner of a Saugus kennel he had rented for his pets.
March 1, 2004 | From Associated Press
Chiron Corp. has sued an animal rights group, accusing the activists of waging a violent harassment campaign and supporting the man charged with detonating two pipe bombs at the biotechnology company's sprawling campus here. The suit, filed last week in Alameda County Superior Court, seeks to keep activists affiliated with Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty USA, known as SHAC USA, at least 50 feet away from Chiron property and 100 feet away from employees and their properties.
As a roomful of cat lovers looked on, a jury Thursday convicted a Westminster man of torturing his kitten by hurling it at a wall and nearly drowning it in a tub. The verdict ended a weeklong trial anxiously followed by animal activists across Orange County who were outraged by the beating last year of Henley the cat. "Somebody's got to stand up for the kitty, and that's why we're here," said Claudette Tarra of Orange, who owns five cats. "It's been a difficult trial to listen to.
March 23, 2013 | By Catherine Saillant, Los Angeles Times
Work schedules at Los Angeles city animal shelters won't change, at least for now, after animal activists and union workers protested a plan to eliminate overnight staffing. Brenda Barnette, general manager of Animal Services, has announced she will delay a plan to cut the graveyard shift at six shelters operated by the city. The move, which could affect as many as 22 animal shelter workers, will be reviewed during an April 8 town hall meeting, Barnette said in a letter released Thursday.
March 22, 2013 | By Catherine Saillant, This post has been corrected. See the note below for details
Work schedules at Los Angeles city animal shelters won't change, at least for now, after animal activists and union workers protested a plan to eliminated overnight staffing. Brenda Barnette, general manager of Animal Services, announced she will delay a plan to cut the graveyard shift at six shelters operated by the city. The move, which could affect as many as 22 animal shelter workers, will be reviewed during an April 8 town hall meeting, Barnette said in a letter released Thursday.
October 24, 2012 | By Kate Linthicum, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles is poised to become the largest city in the nation to ban pet shops from selling dogs, cats and rabbits obtained from commercial breeders. On a 12-2 vote Wednesday, the Los Angeles City Council tentatively adopted an ordinance that officials say will target puppy mills and will prevent tens of thousands of animals from being euthanized in city shelters each year. Individuals still will be allowed to buy directly from breeders, but pet stores will be limited to selling animals obtained from shelters, humane societies and registered rescue groups.
September 12, 2012 | By Tina Susman
A woman with a history of fighting New Jersey's controversial annual black bear hunt scored a court victory this week when a judge ruled that the pile of bear-friendly food and bear feces found in her front yard did not prove she had violated state laws against feeding the animals. It was the second time Susan Kehoe has faced criminal charges since New Jersey in 2003 permitted its first black bear hunt in 33 years.  Kehoe, 61, was acquitted in a court in Vernon on Tuesday night, the Star-Ledger reported , despite testimony from state wildlife officials that they found dog food, sunflower seeds and bear feces in the front yard of Kehoe's home in a rural area of northern New Jersey.
August 16, 2012 | By Tina Susman, Los Angeles Times
  This was the moment Matt Connelly had waited years for: the sudden yank on the line, the violent tug that dragged him to the edge of the boat and nearly into the cold Atlantic. After 90 exhausting minutes, the battle was over. Connelly and his crew mates peered down at the massive fish beside their 29-foot boat, Rogue Angel. They pulled out a tape measure to make sure their eyes weren't playing tricks on them. Finally, convinced the fish was big enough to haul in, they gaffed it, guessing its weight at 275 pounds.
July 8, 2012 | By Kim Murphy, Los Angeles Times
IQALUIT, Canada - Doomsday predictions of the polar bear's demise tend to draw an Inuit guffaw here in Nunavut, the remote Arctic territory where polar bears in some places outnumber people. People will tell you about the polar bear that strode brazenly past the dump a month ago or the bear that attacked a dog team in the town of Arviat in November. Heart-rending pictures of polar bears clinging to tiny islands of ice elicit nothing but derision. The move to protect polar bears is appreciated for one thing, however, and that's a hefty hike in the price for a dead one. Across Canada, prices for polar bear pelts have soared over the last few years, with two at a June 20 auction in Ontario fetching a record $16,500 each.
February 15, 2004 | Steve Hymon, Times Staff Writer
Dressed as skeletons and carrying photos of dead dogs, animal activists marched outside the San Pedro home of Mayor James K. Hahn on Saturday in an effort to oust the general manager of Los Angeles' Animal Services Department. The hourlong protest resulted in several arguments between activists and residents, many of whom said they felt their neighborhood was not an appropriate place for a demonstration.
July 7, 2012 | By William D'Urso, Los Angeles Times
It was a big day for pig rights advocates. Oscar Mayer, one of the biggest names in pork products, announced Friday that it would work with farmers to do away with the gestation crate system that confines female pigs in cages. "While the Oscar Mayer brand does not raise pigs," theKraft Foods Inc.-owned brand said in a statement, "the plan is to source all pork from suppliers who can provide pregnant sow housing that safely allows for greater movement for the animal. " Also Friday, CKE Restaurants Inc. - which has more than 3,000 fast-food outlets, including the Carl's Jr. and Hardee's brands - said it would rid its pork supply system of the crates that have been called cruel by animal rights advocates.
January 24, 2012 | By David G. Savage and Matt Stevens, Los Angeles Times
Now that the U.S. Supreme Court has struck down a California law against slaughtering pigs and other animals unable to walk, activists are pressing forward with efforts to get a tough federal measure passed. The 2008 state law had made it illegal for slaughterhouses in California to "receive a non-ambulatory animal. " Any animal that could not stand on its own was to be returned to the farm or "humanely euthanized. " But the court's 9-0 decision Monday held that since Congress had already adopted its Federal Meat Inspection Act, California was not free to enforce differing rules or standards.
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