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Monday, May 19, 2014

Monday, May 19, 2014

Animal Rights

California Is America's Dog Bite Leader

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Mon, May 19, 2014 at 7:02 AM
California is the answer to that age-old question, Who let the dogs out?

State Farm Insurance says the Golden State led the nation in dog-bite claims last year. The company dealt with 449 of them in California, which accounted for $14.7 million in canine-attack payouts by State Farm. 

Los Angeles, meanwhile, was the No. 2 city in the nation for dog attacks on letter carriers, the U.S. Postal Service says. All this news is coming at you as National Dog Bite Prevention Week is upon us:

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Tuesday, May 13, 2014

THEGREATBULLRUN.COM
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The Great Bull Run promises an experience somewhat like that of Pamplona, Spain's famous "Running of the Bulls." Except it does so right here in the United States. No plane ticket is required.

Organizers plan on bringing their event, which has ticket-holders running alongside raving bulls, to Los Angeles County. But the animal rights group PETA is dead against it and has vowed to block the Great Bull Run in SoCal, as it seems to have done successfully already.

The group's attempts to hold events in Temecula and Lake Elsinore have been rejected thanks, in part, from pressure on government officials by activists who say the bulls are mistreated when subjected to a run down a narrow pathway with a bunch of yahoos:

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Tuesday, May 6, 2014

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The owners of "rescue" dogs are sometimes full of it. They proclaim to be the pooch's BFF, but often they're just buying used, designer breeds and claiming to be altruistic. This is a particularly L.A. phenomenon. 

The real dog problem in Los Angeles is in our barrios, where thousands of strays, often of the kinds of breeds those Westsiders wouldn't touch with a 10-foot Prius, are abandoned and uncared for. Jesse Katz's amazing Los Angeles magazine piece from 2006 tells the true tale of our canine neglect.

Props to the ASPCA, then, for recognizing the real need in our community and putting $25 million of its money where its mouth is:

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Thursday, May 1, 2014

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The L.A. City Council spent more than two years on the effort to ban elephant-abusing bullhooks of the type used in common circuses.

And yesterday, they finally did it. Unanimously. Sort of. We're no fans of animal abuse, but this is yet another example of the council spending a lot of time on stuff that barely affects the day-to-day lives of Angelenos.

The move means that the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus will probably stop coming to the city, as it has warned repeatedly. Fine. But the law doesn't go into effect until ...

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Friday, March 7, 2014

SEAWORLDPARKS.ORG
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Updated at the bottom with a statement from SeaWorld.

It's been the centerpiece of a day spent at SeaWorld San Diego for more than four decades: the so-called killer-whale show.

After Dawn Brancheau, a 40-year-old trainer, was killed by an orca at SeaWorld Orlando, and following increased opposition from animal-rights activists, including a critical documentary called Blackfish, an L.A.-area state legislator is trying to put the park's signature "Shamu" shows out of business.

See also: How Blackfish Director Gabriela Cowperthwaite Became Sea World's Worst Nightmare

Santa Monica-based Assemblyman Richard Bloom today introduced legislation that would ...

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Friday, February 28, 2014

Friday, February 28, 2014

Animal Rights

How Did Sharks Get Into the Venice Canals?

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Fri, Feb 28, 2014 at 9:03 AM
HEAL THE BAY
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The Venice canals were excavated in 1905 on a seaside stretch of land occupied by natural wetlands. So sea life goes in and out with the tides, even if the canals are now neatly lined with multimillion-dollar homes.

It's not unusual to see fish swimming beneath the surface, and ducks are a constant presence. But this appears to be a first:

Sharks have been roaming the waterways lately:

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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Animal Rights

L.A. Teen Charged for Allegedly Abusing Dog, Posting Video

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Wed, Feb 12, 2014 at 1:41 PM
CHARLIE VIA L.A. COUNTY
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A South L.A. teenager was facing four felony counts of animal cruelty today after he allegedly abused his family dog on video and posted the clips to a social media site, officials alleged.

The charges were filed today by the L.A. County District Attorney's office, prosecutors announced.

L.A. County Department of Animal Care and Control director Marcia Mayeda told us the 17-year-old allegedly ...

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Friday, January 17, 2014

Friday, January 17, 2014

Animal Rights

Lost Dog John Frum has Become a Cause Celebre

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Fri, Jan 17, 2014 at 3:27 PM
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The most famous dog in a community known for its canines (it is Dog Town, after all) gained his fame by disappearing.

The story of how John Frum, a seven-month-old Chihuahua-terrier mix, went missing has riveted the Bohemian, beachside community of Venice this week.

His fliers are everywhere. Homeless men wear his photo around their necks. He even has a Facebook page:

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Thursday, January 16, 2014

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Animal Rights

Man Dragged Puppy Down the Street, LAPD Alleges (PHOTOS)

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Thu, Jan 16, 2014 at 9:07 AM
LAPD
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A suspect who cops say was captured on video dragging a helpless puppy up and down a Southwest L.A. street was in jail this week, facing suspicion of felony animal cruelty, the LAPD announced.

The suspect was identified as 28-year-old Dossey James. A neighbor captured the scene on video, and the department released still photos, seen here. (Warning: The photo below is more graphic).

According to a police statement ...

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Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Animal Rights

Man Ran Over His Own Dog on Purpose, Cops Say (VIDEO)

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Tue, Jan 7, 2014 at 7:06 AM

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A 45-year-old Hawthorne man ran over his own Chihuahua on purpose, police allege. And, they say, it was caught on video. Two clips distributed by Hawthorne police are embedded on the next page. Be warned: They're graphic and disturbing.

Michael David Parker was arrested on suspicion of animal cruelty Friday after someone found his dead dog in a bag the day before, police said.

Cops told us they believe it's possible the suspect killed the pooch over a dispute with his wife:

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