March 24, 2017

On March 4, 2017, the British-owned and Bahamian-flagged cruise ship Caledonian Sky ran aground near West Papua province, Indonesia at low tide.  In the process, the ship severely damaged the coral reefs at Raja Ampat, an island known for some of the world's richest marine biodiversity. The barely damaged ship was righted by a tugboat but at low tide, rather than waiting until high tide; in the process the reef was furthe...

March 24, 2017

The New York State Senate recently passed, by a vote of 59-2, a law that would make it a felony to harm a companion animal during the commission of a crime.  Dubbed "Kirby and Quigley's Law," the proposed bill is analogous to a "felony murder" statute by criminalizing even accidental harms or death to pets occurring during another crime.  The proposed bill authorizes a $5000 fine or two years in jail.

Though the bill...

March 24, 2017

Bills introduced in the Florida legislature earlier this year (HB 871/SB 1628) propose creation of a statewide animal abusers’ registry in Florida, available online, that would list the names of those convicted of animal abuse, similar to Florida’s sexual offender registry. In addition, the law would make it a second-degree misdemeanor for a pet dealer to sell to anyone on the list. The Registry would be maintained through the...

March 24, 2017

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is maintaining an abuse claim against the Florida Aquarium over the death of a nurse shark due to starvation as part of a training program gone wrong.  We previously posted about the claim in January 2017.  Since then, the State Attorney's Office and the Pet Resource Center have indicated that they are not pursuing the complaint.

The Florida Aquarium maintains that they have never imp...

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