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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 31, 1993 | JULIE FIELDS
Holding posters and chanting slogans, a group of 20 animal-rights activists on Monday demonstrated at Oxnard's Procter & Gamble plant against the company's use of animals in product testing. During the one-hour demonstration, protesters dumped dozens of empty boxes of Procter & Gamble products in the visitors parking lot and urged a consumer ban on the company. They also stood along the sidewalk in front of the plant at 800 N. Rice Ave., waving signs at passing motorists.
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October 13, 2013 | By Hal Herzog
We Americans like to think of ourselves as animal lovers. But is this claim true? One way to answer this question is to follow the money. According to government, industry and interest group stats, we spend about $50 billion on our pets annually and donate another $6 billion to animal-related and environmental charities. This sounds like a lot until you compare it to the amount we collectively devote to killing members of other species: $72 billion on hunting and fishing, $60 billion on animal research and $240 billion on meat, poultry and seafood.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 17, 2013 | By Hailey Branson-Potts
It was a contentious meeting Monday in which animal rights activists and commercial elephant owners accused each other of spewing propaganda, but in the end, the West Hollywood City Council banned commercial displays and performances of wild and exotic animals. Circus acts involving such animals, carnival performances, trade shows and parades are included under the ban , as are any such events requiring wild animals to do tricks, fight or perform “for the entertainment, amusement or benefit of an audience,” according to the ordinance.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 5, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Five animal rights activists have been arrested in connection with vandalism at the Hollywood Hills home of a biosciences company executive, Los Angeles police said Wednesday. The suspects were detained April 26 on suspicion of felony vandalism after being caught breaking windows and defacing the property of Huntingdon Life Sciences executive Andrew Baker, police said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 26, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Two animal rights activists were convicted Thursday in Superior Court of holding a protest outside the Larchmont Village home of a city animal shelter employee in June 2004. Pamelyn Ferdin and Jerry Vlasak were convicted of one count each of violating a law that forbids protests within 100 feet of individuals' homes. Ferdin was also found guilty of trespassing. Ferdin is the leader of the Animal Defense League, which is trying to stop the euthanasia of dogs in city shelters.
NEWS
January 9, 1986 | From Reuters
Britain's bomb squad Wednesday blew up four devices that animal rights activists said they planted under the cars of men linked with animal research experiments. Members of a group calling itself the Animal Rights Militia had telephoned a newspaper to warn that explosives were in the cars of scientists and directors of firms supplying monkeys and other animals for research laboratories.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 13, 2005 | From a Times Staff Writer
Two environmental and animal-rights activists were ordered back into federal custody Friday in an effort to force them to testify before a grand jury investigating a high-profile arson case. David Agranoff, 31, and Danae Kelley, 21, were jailed in July after refusing to testify, but had been released pending an appeal. The federal appeals court this week sided with a judge who said a stint in jail may persuade the activists to testify.
NATIONAL
August 28, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
A grizzly bear attacked a group of animal-rights activists hiking near West Yelowstone, mauling a 38-year-old man. The victim, who was not identified, was hospitalized in fair condition in Idaho Falls, Idaho. Gallatin National Forest officials closed the area to hiking and tent camping. The victim and the three others are members of Buffalo Field Campaign, an activist group that protests the killing of bison from nearby Yellowstone National Park to prevent the spread of disease in Montana.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 12, 2013 | By Matt Stevens and Martha Groves
For many years, some orthodox Jews have performed ritual chicken sacrifice in the days leading up to Yom Kippur , the Jewish Day of Atonement. The practice, known variously as kaparot, kapparot or kaparos, was originally meant to jolt practitioners into recognizing their mortality. Today, some see it as a way to symbolically transfer a person's sins to an animal. The ritual is occurring in hastily built plywood rooms and other structures in traditional Orthodox Jewish communities from Pico-Robertson to Brooklyn.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 11, 2013 | By Martha Groves and Matt Stevens
In a parking lot behind a Pico Boulevard building, inside a makeshift tent of metal poles and tarps, a man in a white coat and black skullcap grabs a white-feathered hen under the wings and performs an ancient ritual. He circles the chicken in the air several times and recites a prayer for a woman standing nearby whose aim is to symbolically transfer her sins to the bird. The young man then uses a sharp blade to cut the hen's throat. In the days before Yom Kippur, the Jewish day of atonement, this ritual will be repeated untold times in hastily built plywood rooms and other structures in traditional Orthodox Jewish communities from Pico-Robertson to Brooklyn, N.Y. Promotional fliers on lampposts in the area advertise the kaparot service at $18 per chicken or $13 apiece for five or more.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
NATIONAL
October 23, 2012 | By John M. Glionna
A Flagstaff, Ariz. police officer accused of bludgeoning, stomping and strangling an injured dog in an attempt to put the dog down after a traffic mishap has resigned from the force, the department announced Monday. Cpl. John Tewes delivered his letter of resignation on Friday in a letter addressed to Police Chief Kevin Treadway. Prosecutors have said they did not have sufficient evidence to pursue criminal charges in the incident, but the department launched an internal affairs investigation into Tewes' actions.
NATIONAL
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.
NATIONAL
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.
BUSINESS
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.
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