December 2, 2012
Re "No more curtain calls for elephants," Editorial, Nov. 26 The L.A. City Council's proposed ban on elephants in traveling shows, which The Times supports, is really based on the rhetoric of animal rights activists who oppose all animals in captivity and in entertainment. At a recent City Council committee hearing, so-called experts who are known animal activists were allowed to provide extensive testimony, while veterinary experts from Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey were given mere minutes to make public comments.
November 19, 2012 |
With a computer-generated tiger at the center of the upcoming "Life of Pi," a controversy over live animals is brewing on a different holiday release. Wranglers in New Zealand have complained that as many as 27 animals have died as a result of conditions on the set of "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey," according to the Associated Press. The wranglers said that a series of sinkholes and other perils on farms made the conditions a “death trap” for the animals.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 29, 2012 |
On behalf of the animal rights group PETA, an Irvine woman is asking the city to erect a memorial at the street corner where 1,600 pounds of fish died this month when a container truck crashed into two other vehicles. Dina Kourda, a volunteer with People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, wrote to the Irvine Public Works Department to request that a sign be placed at Walnut and Yale avenues to honor the lives of the fish - believed to be saltwater bass - lost in the accident. The fish had been stored in large tanks that cracked open as a result of the Oct. 11 accident.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 24, 2012 |
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.
October 2, 2012 |
The president and chief executive of the Humane Society of the United States says he wants a seat on the board of directors at Tyson Foods so he can begin working from the inside-out to improve the plight of farm animals -- especially pregnant pigs. Let that sink in for a second. The head of one of the world's largest animal-rights organizations wants to help oversee one of the world's biggest meat producers. Wayne Pacelle said in a statement posted on the Humane Society's website that he has filed paperwork as a candidate for election to the board of directors of Tyson Foods.
August 16, 2012 |
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.