January 27, 2017

Carol Buckley is the founder of Elephant Aid International and is looking to open Elephant Refuge North America, a sanctuary for about ten elephants on land in north Florida near her new home in Georgia.  She wants to bring one of her elephants, Tarra, with her.  Or is Tarra her elephant? 

A custody battle has ensued between Buckley and the refuge she helped found.  The refuge ousted Buckley as president and chie...

January 27, 2017

The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus announced that its show would close forever in May this year.  Citing declining attendance, operating costs, changing public tastes, and prolonged battles with animal rights groups, executives have thrown in the towel on the 146-year running show.  Executives report they will be moving their lions, tigers, camels, donkeys, alpacas, kangaroos, and llamas, to suitable homes.  The cir...

January 27, 2017

Over one weekend in the Fall of 2011, a Miami business was burglarized.  The business had been protected by two guard dogs from Broward K-9/Miami K-9 Services, Inc.  The dogs escaped through a cut in the chain-link fence that surrounded their yard.  Lisa Arellano, who lived in a nearby neighborhood, took the dogs in, assuming they were neighborhood pets.  She fed and sheltered them for five days as she searched for the dogs' o...

January 27, 2017

State Senator Greg Steube seeks to make animal hoarding a criminal offense.  Sen. Steube is not alone in his beliefs.  Jennifer Galloway, the executive director of the Gulf Coast Humane Society shares in this sentiment.  Galloway asserts that if hoarding was a criminal offense, those who seek to protect animals will have "a tool in the toolbox...to be able to do something."  Because animal hoarding is not a criminal offense, m...

January 27, 2017

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) Foundation filed a complaint with the Director of the Hillsborough County Pet Resource Center and the State Attorney for the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit of Florida alleging that the Florida Aquarium starved a nurse shark and several stingrays.  PETA received a tip from an anonymous whistleblower who was allegedly employed at the Florida Aquarium that the aquarium was withholdi...

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