Animal Welfare

October 27, 2017

Rural Florida Agricultural LEOs

Rural counties in Florida are beginning to designate officers to the specific task of investigating agricultural and natural resource crimes. These areas require a different type […]
August 28, 2017

Early Legislation Filed to Specifically Criminalize Animal Hoarding and Require Mental Health Counse

A new bill for the 2018 Florida legislative session, one of the first, would significantly change the criminal law regarding animal hoarding in the state. The […]
August 28, 2017

Shark-Dragging Video Sparks Outrage, Investigation

A video recently surfaced on social media showing a shark (possibly a blacktip or spinner) being dragged behind a boat traveling at high speed near Tampa. […]
August 26, 2016

Stark Contrast Between Fate of Animals Participating in the 2016 Summer Olympics

Horses have participated in every Olympic Summer Game since 1912. At the Rio Games, riders have described their horse companions as “smart and funny,” “quiet . […]
February 15, 2016

DNA Reveals Shelters Often Mislabel Dogs as Pit Bulls

A new study from the University of Florida has revealed that animal shelters often mislabel dogs as “pit bulls.” The study tested the breed assessments made […]
December 15, 2015

Two Ligers Find a Home in St. Augustine Reserve

Deborah Warrick opened St. Augustine Wild Reserve in 1995 as a sanctuary for exotic animals. The animals living at the reserve, about 150 in total, come […]
November 15, 2015

NIH Ends Era of US Medical Research on Chimpanzees

The United States has a long and controversial history of using chimpanzees in biomedical research. However, without much fanfare, the National Institute of Health (NIH) recently […]
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