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USDA Orders Pittsburgh Zoo to Stop Using Dogs to Control Elephants

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To the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) for enforcing humane handling of captive elephants.

According to a recent news article, USDA inspectors visited the Pittsburgh Zoo in January 2015. 99 more words

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New KY Bill Targets Dogfighting

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To Kentucky House Speaker Greg Stumbo (D) for introducing a bill that would make activities related to dogfighting Class D felonies.

Organizing a dogfight is already a felony in Kentucky, as it is in every state. 135 more words

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Sea World Won't Phase Out Business of Captive Orcas, Dolphins

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To SeaWorld San Diego for continuing its captive orca exhibit and dolphin shows.

In the wake of documentaries such as “The Cove” and “Black Fish,” many tourists no longer wish to see captive orcas and dolphins perform for crowds. 236 more words

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California Bans Confinement Crates for Hens and Other Animals

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To California legislators for passing a statewide ban on confinement crates.

As of January 1, 2015, California has banned the use of confinement crates for egg-laying hens and other farm animals under Proposition 2. 183 more words

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Fairfax, Virginia, Passes City-Wide Ban on Continuous Dog Chaining

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To Fairfax City Council in Virginia for passing an ordinance that dramatically limits dog tethering.

According to a recent news article, Fairfax, VA, recently passed a city… 184 more words

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Some FL Counties Partnering with TNR Programs to Reduce Euthanasia

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To Volusia County Animal Control for implementing TNR to reduce feral cat numbers.

Last year, Volusia County Animal Control in central Florida picked up 2,360 feral cats, nearly all of whom were euthanized due to the impracticality of feral cat adoption. 199 more words

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New Jersey May Pass New Law to Combat Puppy Mills

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To the New Jersey Legislature for passing a bill to combat puppy mills .

The Pet Purchase Protection Act, also known as S1870, would require pet stores to display on each cage of a dog or cat for sale the full name, address and license number of the breeder who supplied the animal for sale. 133 more words

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