September 26, 2016

California has outlawed the breeding of orcas for performance or entertainment purposes.  This ban comes after SeaWorld announced the end of its breeding and captivity program.  Gov. Jerry Brown signed the legislation, drafted by Assemblyman Richard Bloom, which only contains exceptions for scientific and educational institutions holding orcas for research or rehabilitation.

As such, SeaWorld has announced they will replac...

September 23, 2016

The Lake Worth City commissioners recently approved 4-0 an ordinance that will regulate the use of outdoor balloons and sky lanterns on city-owned property.  While stunning to behold as they take flight, untethered balloons and ceremonial sky lanterns eventually return to earth as litter which sea turtles may mistake as food.  In 2014, one sea turtle had to be euthanized due to complications from ingesting a plastic balloon....

September 23, 2016

Maplevale Farms, a food distributor, has filed a class action suit against several major poultry producers, including Tyson Foods, claiming that over the past eight years the companies have been killing broiler breeder hens in order to illegally inflate prices.

“For years, these major food corporations sought to take full control of the market to squeeze every penny they could from hard working consumers, an...

September 23, 2016

Florida has a fairly lengthy list of nonnative species (also known as invasive species), already over five hundred species long.  Newly added to the list are capybaras, a semiaquatic mammal and the world's largest rodents.  Biologist Elizabeth Congdon, an assistant professor at Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, said a known group of capybaras are living and breeding in Northern Florida while speaking at the 53rd Ann...

September 23, 2016

The Sun Sentinel recently released its investigative report, The Gulf's Deadly Harvest.  According to the report, at least one person in the United States dies every month from eating raw oysters infected with Vibrio vulnificus, a deadly bacteria found in the Gulf of Mexico.  Six people have died since 2010 from eating oysters processed by Apalachicola Bay Seafood.  According to the Sentinel, during that time, State inspectors...

September 23, 2016

By a vote of 6 to 1, Hillsborough County commissioners have approved the creation of a new registry for people convicted of harming animals.  Those placed on the registry will be prohibited from adopting or working with animals.  Due to concerns from animal retailers that the ordinance would require their staff to confront people with violent pasts, the ordinance requires potential adopters to sign an affidavit affirming that...

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