Ireland introduced a new legislation on animal welfare to outline in clear legal terms the responsibility people have when they own an animal, Xinhua reported. The Animal Health and Welfare Act 2013, which came into effect on March 7, 2014, strengthens the already existing protections for animals in Irish law.
Cody Carlson had no way of preparing for this moment. He was a Manhattan kid, days removed from working as an analyst for a business-intelligence firm, where he scrutinized corporations and their executives. Now he was standing in a bleak barn at New York’s largest dairy farm.
After weeks of opposition from animal welfare advocates, labor groups and First Amendment experts, a California assembly member withdrew a bill that would limit undercover abuse investigations before it could advance past its first step.
State Rep. Diana Urban, D-North Stonington, has introduced a bill in the General Assembly that would appoint an animal advocate in animal cruelty cases. The advocates, which would be University of Connecticut law students or pro bono attorneys, would work to ensure that those accused in such cases are ordered to undergo counseling and/or serve prison terms and would not be allowed into programs such as accelerated rehabilitation, which end up erasing the arrest from their record.
Hens tightly crammed in tiny cages. Live birds housed with mummified carcasses, birds trapped in wire and automatic feeders, a “blanket” of dead flies on the floor, a barn so dark workers needed headlamps and ammonia so potent workers need masks. Those are the conditions an undercover Investigator working for the Humane Society of the United States found at a Krieder Farms, a large dairy and hen facility in Lancaster County last year.
On one covert video, farm workers illegally burn the ankles of Tennessee walking horses with chemicals. Another captures workers in Wyoming punching and kicking pigs and flinging piglets into the air. And at one of the country’s largest egg suppliers, a video shows hens caged alongside rotting bird corpses, while workers burn and snap off the beaks of young chicks.
Animal rights advocates gathered Friday at the animal shelter to push for the passage of a “puppy mill bill” in the General Assembly. Such a bill proposed in 2009 sought tighter regulations on breeders and assurances that the animals were receiving adequate food, shelter, exercise and veterinary care. But it stalled due to several concerns, including its potential effects on agribusiness and hunting dogs.
Today, March 11, marks the culmination of 23 years of campaigning to end the suffering for animals who were used in tests for cosmetics sold in the European Union because people who cared refused to give up. Starting today, anyone selling cosmetic products in the EU will not be allowed to test finished products or their ingredients on animals anywhere in the world, whether or not an alternative to animal testing is available.
The North Dakota House overwhelmingly decided Wednesday that cruelty to animals should be a Class C felony. “This is a good bill that provides protection to animals and also protects our state’s No. 1 industry, which is agriculture,” said Rep. David Rust, R-Tioga.
After five years of delay, the federal government today finally proposed to protect more than 739 miles of critical habitat for threatened loggerhead sea turtles on their nesting beaches along the U.S. Atlantic and Gulf coasts. These sea turtles face serious threats to their long-term survival from drowning in fishing nets, loss of nesting beaches due to coastal development and sea-level rise. The proposal spans from North Carolina to Mississippi and encompasses 84 percent of all known nesting areas.