France Bans Big Cats, Orcas from Circuses and Marine Parks

France Bans Big Cats, Orcas from Circuses and Marine Parks

by Amy Lupica, ODP Contributing Writer In a news conference on Tuesday, France’s Minister of Ecological Transition, Barbara Pompili, announced the country will be banning the use of wild animals like lions, and tigers, and bears in circuses. The ban will also prohibit the import and breeding of dolphins and orcas in marine parks, as […]

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Racehorse Doping Scandal Brings Scrutiny to Vet Care for Racehorses

Racehorse Doping Scandal Brings Scrutiny to Vet Care for Racehorses

For months a mysterious rash of deaths of racehorses has plagued the racing industry, and now prosecutors have, according to CNN, accused “27 people — horse trainers, veterinarians, and drug distributors — of carrying out separate but related conspiracies to covertly provide performance-enhancing drugs to racehorses.” 

Why This Matters:  The New York prosecutor in the case did not pull any punches — the indictments level charges against some of the most prominent trainers (and horses) in the sport.

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New York To Bid Foie Gras Adieu

New York To Bid Foie Gras Adieu

The New York City Council voted overwhelmingly to ban the French delicacy foie gras from being sold in restaurants, stores, and farmer’s markets because it is made by force-feeding ducks and geese to fatten up their livers in a way that some consider the “most inhumane process in the commercial food industry,” according to The […]

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House Passes Bill Making Animal Cruelty a Felony but Agencies Still Doing Testing on Animals

House Passes Bill Making Animal Cruelty a Felony but Agencies Still Doing Testing on Animals

The Hill reports that lawmakers on Capitol Hill have expressed concern regarding medical training exercises by certain law enforcement and homeland security agencies that involve “stabbing, burning and shooting animals” — a practice known as “live tissue training” or “LTT.”  Last week the House of Representatives also passed a bill that would make it a felony to engage in animal cruelty.

Why This Matters: Most taxpayers would be horrified to know that their tax dollars are paying for cruel, expensive and unnecessary experiments being conducted on animals.  Many agencies such as the U.S. Coast Guard no longer conduct LTT experiments, but other agencies are still engaging in these types of experiments.  With the technology that is available today, simulations should be the rule for training purposes.

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One Cool Thing: Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s Ditch Fur

One Cool Thing: Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s Ditch Fur

In a landmark announcement, Macy’s Inc. — the parent company of the iconic American department stores Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s — says it will go fur-free by the end of 2020.

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NYC Considers Banning the Sale of Fur

NYC Considers Banning the Sale of Fur

After bans on the sale of animal fur were passed throughout California, some New York City councilmembers pushed their colleagues this week to back a ban on the sale of fur in the nation’s largest fur retail market. The bill’s opposition comes from religious groups including black pastors and Hasidic leaders. As the New York Times […]

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