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Jane Velez-Mitchell

Jane Velez-Mitchell takes a stand on the biggest topics of the day that people across the country are buzzing about.

Shannen Doherty's fight to save the dolphins

Shannen Doherty's fight to save the dolphins

The dolphin slaughter in Taiji, Japan's infamous cove continues.  Critics call this hunt senseless, inhumane, and pointless, and say that dolphins are highly intelligent, sensitive animals who don't deserve to be corralled into this cove and killed.  But the Japanese government allows this slaughter for 6 months every year.  We reached out to the Japanese Embassy for comment, but have not heard back.

Supporters of the hunt say American objections are hypocritical because of the billions of animals raised in inhumane conditions on U.S. factory farms who are slaughtered every year.  But many say that dolphin meat is unsafe to eat because it contains dangerously high levels of mercury.  Many dolphins are sold to into captivity.  Last year, a beautiful, rare albino calf nicknamed Angel was rounded up, and is currently in a museum in Taiji.  We reached out to that museum for comment, but did not hear back.  If sold into captivity, many estimate Angel could fetch up to $500,000.

Jack needs a home!

Jack needs a home!

It's adopt a shelter dog month, and one dog named Jack needs to find a home as soon as possible.  Jack is about 8-years-old, and was recently turned into a shelter as a stray in the Los Angeles-area.  He's well-trained, friendly, loves people, little dogs, and snuggling.  If he isn't adopted in the next week, he'll probably be headed to a kill shelter.

Jane speaks to animal advocate Jane Garrison, with a special appearance from Jack himself, about adopt a shelter dog month.

Great news for animals but not near enough!

Great news for animals but not near enough!

The big breaking news for animals is that the FBI has just announced it is upping animal cruelty to a Group A felony, which will give law enforcement the muscle it needs to treat animal cruelty like the serious crime it is.

Law enforcement now must file reports on garden-variety animal neglect, sadistic animal torture, group abuse like dogfighting and even animal sexual abuse, which unbelievably is a real problem.

Outrage over planned monkey experiments

Outrage over planned monkey experiments

An uproar over the University of Wisconsin-Madison's plan to perform maternal deprivation experiments on baby monkeys.  More than 300,000 people have signed a petition demanding the tax-payer funded experiment be stopped.

Monkey experimentation is highly controversial.  These are highly intelligent, emotional creatures.  Reports claim the plan is to take 40 newborn rhesus monkeys, separate half of them from their mothers, then submit all of the monkeys to anxiety-inducing tests.  Then, they’re going to kill them all and study their brains with new imagining equipment in the hopes of gaining insight into anxiety and depression.

Japan's annual dolphin hunt begins

Japan's annual dolphin hunt begins

It’s happening again. 

Dolphins are currently being slaughtered in Taiji, Japan’s infamous cove.  Hundreds of dolphins are corralled into this area each year, captured, then sold into captivity or slaughtered.  This practice was highlighted in the Oscar-winning documentary “The Cove.” 

Alleged abuse uncovered at dairy farm

Alleged abuse uncovered at dairy farm

Just-released video from Mercy for Animals' latest undercover investigation shows workers at a New Mexico dairy farm kicking, punching, throwing, and shocking cows.  The farm, Winchester Dairy released the following statement:
"At Winchester Dairy, animal care and well-being is central to our operations. Upon reviewing the footage of the animal abuse at our farm, Winchester immediately initiated an internal investigation and, in response, have:
· Terminated all employees and referred the abusive employees to law enforcement for further review;

· Dispersed the farm’s dairy cows to other dairy farms with strong track records in animal welfare within hours of the video being received;

America's war on wolves

America's war on wolves

The U.S. government rescued wolves from extinction over 35 years ago.  Now, critics say the government has completely changed course and is engineering the wholesale slaughter of grey wolves in several states.

Since the gray wolf was removed from the endangered species list in several states three years ago, Predator Defense estimates about 2,800 wolves have been killed in 6 states.  And there are only about 5,000 grey wolves left in the lower 48 states!  Wolf hunting is allowed in Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan.  Critics say wolf hunting is vicious and violent, and that it's driving wolves to the brink of extinction once again.  Sport hunters shoot these wolves, sometimes from helicopters.  These poor wolves--and even household pets--get caught in traps and suffer long, painful deaths.

These fictional guys have real mission: Save the animals

These fictional guys have real mission: Save the animals

While others are fighting for the right to party, these characters are fighting for animal rights. Ok, so it might have been on TV or in a movie but that doesn't make their actions any less impactful, right? Right.

Dining with your dog may soon be legal in CA

Dining with your dog may soon be legal in CA

A huge victory for dogs and their human companions.  The anti-dog rules that outlaw pups from restaurants' outdoor seating areas in California are about to be overturned.  That means dogs won't be stranded, won't be tied up outside on the street while their owners eat anymore.  The California House and Senate have just approved a bill that will allow restaurants to decide if they want to allow dogs inside of their fenced-in outdoor seating areas.  California Governor Jerry Brown tells us he's about to sign this bill into law.  And California is just the start.   We're taking this movement from coast to coast!

Jane speaks to the woman who led the campaign for this law, Judie Mancuso, President of Social Compassion in Legislation.

State senator demands pause on monkey project

State senator demands pause on monkey project

In Hendry County, Florida there's a plan to open a new facility to breed thousands of monkeys for laboratory experiments.  Critics have a variety of questions, like where those monkeys would come from.

Florida state senator Dwight Bullard, whose district includes Hendry County and who is a member of the Committee on Environmental Preservation and Conservation, expressed his concerns to Jane in an on camera interview, asking "We're talking about 3,000 primates.  If 2 or 3 of them get loose, what does that mean?"

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