Animal Almanac

June 2, 2024

   1865:  The Indianapolis Daily State Sentinel reported that Thomas Kinney was fined $7 for letting his dog run loose without a muzzle.”

   1918:  Throwing snakes by pneumatic propulsion into enemy trenches was among the “freak ideas” being pitched to the British Ministry of Munition to defeat the German army during World War I — The Ste Genevieve Fair Play of Ste Genevieve, Mo.

   2009:  The American Bar Association Journal reported that The New York Times was among the news organizations filing briefs supporting a film producer who claimed he had First Amendment rights to sell dogfight videos. The producer was sentenced to 37 months in prison for peddling dogfight videos.

     Ann and Roy Bernard of Kankakee, Ill., started the website AnimalNewswire.net on July 1, 2013.  Since its start, the website has worked to stop the killing of rhinoceroses and elephants for the ivory, the slaughtering of whales and provided Livestream coverage of a savage dolphin hunt in Japan. AnimalNewswire also led the charge to stop a bill in Illinois that would have forced nearly all animal shelters in the state to close. See editorial link below.

An AnimalNewswire editorial: We can never again let Illinois legislators get thisclose to closing our animal shelters

Pig in slaughterhouse comforted by animal activist

Should it be a crime to film at factory farms? The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) is pushing such bills in six states.

Factory farm film

Animal activists see such legislation as a way to hide mistreatment and abuse of animals. The proposals mandate that evidence of animal abuse be turned over to law enforcement within 48 hours, or face a financial penalty. This video shows abuse at a factory farm.




The mandatory microchipping of dogs was the hands-down winner of our last poll.


On mandatory microchipping:

“There is no way to enforce this policy with back yard breeders and  Most Pit Bull breeders are backyard breeders.”

“If a vicious attack were to occur in the future, microchips may lead to the culpable dog owner.

  – Lidio 

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