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Good News - 3rd Quarter 2023


New laws and policies are coming out in support of animals every day!

Read all the good news here!

7/19/23- San Francisco Bay Area Horse Racetrack to Close! A total of 23 horses have died at Golden Gate Fields since 2022, but now the track is set to close at the end of the year! This decision follows the implementation of stronger regulations and the track owner’s work to prevent injured, exploited horses from running—goals that PETA has long advocated for and worked toward. - PETA

7/19/23- New rules approved for anglers at the Skyway Pier. The new rules are meant to prevent pelicans and other seabirds from becoming snagged in fishing gear at the busy angling spot. Starting Oct. 1, anglers will be limited to just two fishing rods at one time and must first complete an educational pier fishing course on responsible angling practices before casting a line. There will also be a ban on fishing gear with multiple hooks, like sabiki rigs used to catch baitfish, from Nov. 15 to March 15 each year. – Tampa Bay Times

7/22/23- Indonesian animal market has ended its dog and cat meat trade. Authorities on Friday announced the end of the “brutally cruel” dog and cat meat slaughter at a notorious animal market on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi following a years-long campaign by local activists and world celebrities. The Tomohon Extreme Market will become the first such market in Indonesia to go dog and cat meat-free, according to the anti-animal cruelty group Humane Society International, or HSI. Images of dogs and cats being bludgeoned and blow-torched while still alive had sparked outrage. The permanent end of the slaughter and trade was announced on Friday by the Regional Secretary of the city of Tomohon, Edwin Roring. HSI said they will be rescuing all the remaining live dogs and cats from the slaughterhouse suppliers and taking them to sanctuaries. - Associated Press

7/24/23- Gordon Ramsay Partners with Vegan Ramen Brand. Gordon Ramsay has partnered with Canada-based vegan ramen company Borealis Foods. The company is known for its Chef Woo and Ramen Express brands, both of which sell meat-free instant noodles across North America. - Plant Based News

7/27/23- HORSES: The trainer of Maximum Security, disqualified as the 2019 Kentucky Derby winner, was sentenced to four years in prison for his role in a widespread international scheme to drug horses to make them race faster. Jason Servis was sentenced by Judge Mary Kay Vyskocil in Manhattan federal court after pleading guilty to one felony and one misdemeanor charge alleging that he used unapproved drugs on the horses he trained. He was also ordered to pay $311,760 in forfeiture, $163,932 in restitution and a $30,000 fine. Servis, 66, of Jupiter was among more than 30 defendants, including veterinarians, charged in March 2020 after a multiyear federal probe of the abuse of racehorses through the use of performance-enhancing drugs. Authorities said participants in the fraud — affecting races in Florida, New York, New Jersey, Ohio, Kentucky and the United Arab Emirates — misled federal and state regulators, U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents, various state regulators and the betting public. Authorities said Servis gave Maximum Security a performance-enhancing drug called SGF-1000, recommended it to another trainer and conspired with a veterinarian to make it look like a false positive for another substance. Maximum Security crossed the line first in the 2019 Kentucky Derby before being disqualified by Churchill Downs stewards for interference in what was an unprecedented move. Country House, who crossed the line second, was later declared the winner. Maximum Security won the Eclipse Award as the nation’s top 3-year-old male horse in 2019. The following January he won the Saudi Cup before Servis was indicted that March. - Sports Section, Tampa Bay Times

7/31/23- Firehouse Adopts Pig, Ditches Pork. Firefighters in Brooklyn’s Engine Company 239 removed pork from their firehouse’s menu after the arrival of their unofficial mascot, Penny the Fire Pig. The adorable pink pig spends her guardian’s biweekly 24-hour shifts sniffing around the firehouse, taking naps, and greeting the neighborhood children. – ChooseVeg

8/16/23- Here’s some encouraging news – more than 100 countries now have a full or partial ban on single-use plastic bags! Plus, three in four people worldwide want single-use plastics to be banned ASAP. We’re headed in the right direction.

8/2/23 – Victory! Jail for Fake Rescue Operator Who Killed 30 Dogs and a Buzzard. We and local animal activists have enthusiastically welcomed the sentencing of Jessica Collins, who was charged with the deaths of 30 dogs found dead and bagged on her property, along with a federally protected buzzard. – In Defense of Animals

9/18/23- Huge Victory! UniverSoul Circus Ditches Cruel Animal Acts following decades of exploiting elephants, tigers, zebras, camels, and other animals in cruel acts, UniverSoul Circus is now animal-free! This victory follows a major PETA campaign that included e-mails from over 100,000 of our supporters, dozens of protests at the circus’ shows across the country and help from celebrities like Chilli of the musical group TLC. – PETA

9/20/23- Victory! Budweiser Ends Clydesdale Mutilations After PETA Campaign. PETA investigated and found that Budweiser was cruelly amputating the tails of its Clydesdales, but after months of pressure and action by tens of thousands of PETA supporters like you, Anheuser-Busch InBev announced that it has stopped cutting the tailbones off its Clydesdales! – PETA

9/28/23- The St. Pete City Council unanimously voted in favor of adding rabbits to the current ordinance banning the retail sale of cats and dogs! Sweet Victory! - Myriam Parham

9/28/23- New Florida law will lift county bans on pit bulls starting in October. A new provision to Florida’s “Dangerous Dogs” law will effectively bar local governments from banning specific dog breeds like German shepherds or pit bulls starting in October.

Currently, a county can restrict owners from having a dog over a certain weight or size if the dog poses a safety and welfare concern following an attack as long as the ordinance is not breed-specific. But that is about to change. Effective Oct. 1, 2023, the new law will add weight and size as prohibited topics in addition to breed. - News Channel 8

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