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Farm Animal Welfare Coaltion
by Helena Bottemiller | Jun 04, 2010

Rhode Island, California, and Louisiana legislatures are considering laws to create animal abuse registries to keep track of citizens convicted of animal cruelty and abuse.

Similar to systems currently used to keep track of sex offenders, those convicted of violating animal rights laws would have to register personal information with local law enforcement and the information would be publicly accessible.

According to the DVM 360, an online veterinary newspaper, the registries being considered in California and Rhode Island would define an animal abuser as anyone over the age of 18 convicted of a felony animal abuse offense. Louisiana would require registration for any animal abuse conviction at all ages.

"The laws would require registrants to list their personal information, employer's name and location, the date and details of their animal abuse offense," said DVM. "Law enforcement authorities will have a varied number of days...

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by Andy Vance

Less than a week after HSUS' Factory Farm Campaign Director Paul Shapiro told me personally that the mutli-million dollar animal rights juggernaut would NOT use footage from the Mercy for Animals "undercover video" at Conklin Dairy in its campaign for a ballot measure on animal housing this fall, the organization has clearly reneged on that assurance. In my wide-ranging interview with Shapiro last Wednesday in the wake of the Mercy for Animals PR circus in Plain City, I asked Shapiro about comments made by Ohio Director of Agriculture Robert Boggs that the HSUS driven and funded ballot issue would not have prevented the types of cruelty depicted in the Mercy for Animals video.

"I agree with Director Boggs that this is a separate matter," Shapiro told me. "This is a matter where you've got current law that needs to be enforced and strengthened, quite...

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June 1, 2010 | 4:15 pm

This month, Unleashed is debuting a new feature: Five questions about the issues that matter to animal lovers with leaders in the animal protection movement. Here's Humane Society of the United States president and chief executive Wayne Pacelle's take on the most important animal news to happen in May and what animal advocates should watch for in the coming month.

Unleashed: What do you view as the most important development in animal news to happen in May?

Wayne Pacelle: There was a damning federal report about the United States Department of Agriculture's failure to enforce rules to protect dogs at puppy mills and a gruesome farm animal cruelty case in Ohio, but the tragedy in the Gulf now has overshadowed almost everything. The suffering of animals is brought into America's living rooms every day, and it's plain that the consequences are only going to get worse and will last for an awfully long time.

At the moment, BP and its contractors are handling...

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By Shanna McCord

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Posted: 06/01/2010 08:20:07 PM PDT

Updated: 06/01/2010 08:20:08 PM PDT

A Washington, D.C.-based animal rights group is trying to bring attention to a case of abused and neglected ducklings at a local hatchery that led to 88 birds getting confiscated by Santa Cruz County Animal Services Authority.

Compassion Over Killing, the nonprofit animal advocacy organization that focuses on cruelty to animals in agriculture, will hold a press conference in Santa Cruz Wednesday to release an undercover video showing what they believe are "shocking abuses and suffering" practices at Cal-Cruz Hatchery, a longtime hatchery on Rodriguez Street.

The video was taken by an employee of Compassion Over Killing — a 30-something-year-old man — who was hired by Cal-Cruz Hatchery in January 2009 to perform maintenance work. He worked at the hatchery for only a few weeks, secretly documenting the mistreatment of ducklings with a hidden video...

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Even before the barbaric video tape was released last week by Mercy For Animals that showed cruel and abusive treatment to cows at the Conklin Dairy Farm in Ohio; a grassroots organization was working hard to change farming practices in the state.

Ohioans for Humane Farms is a coalition of animal welfare, family farming, food safety, and environmental advocates that are spearheading a campaign to put a citizen-sponsored proposal on Ohio’s November 2010 ballot.   The initiative will give voters a voice on how animals are treated on factory farms.  It will require the Ohio Livestock Board to adopt specific standards that will prevent the type of animal abuse, documented by Mercy For Animals, from happening in the future.

Here are some of the specific practices Ohioans for Humane Farms lists on their website that the initiative would stop:

· Extreme confinement in tiny cages for months on end: Tens of thousands of veal calves, 170,000 breeding pigs, and...

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