Jane Velez-Mitchell

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

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?"

This dog survived a horrifying fall from an overpass

This dog survived a horrifying fall from an overpass

A 2-year-old pit bull that plummeted 30 feet off a Brooklyn-Queens Expressway overpass this week has been reunited with its owner.

A group of good Samaritans saw the dog fall onto the street around 6 p.m. Tuesday and, shocked to see he was still alive, rushed to help him. The pup was whining, bleeding from his mouth and trying to stand up, according to The Gothamist.

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Katie Cleary fights to save orangutans in late husband's honor

Katie Cleary fights to save orangutans in late husband's honor

Jane speaks to Katie Cleary, a former “America’s Next Top Model” contestant and television personality who’s fighting to save the Bornean orangutans whose habitat is being decimated to make way for palm oil plantations.  Palm oil is used in many processed food items and cosmetics, but companies often use other terms to disguise it on the label.

Cleary founded the organization Peace 4 Animals and recently made a donation to World Land Trust to purchase and protect a parcel of land in the Malaysian Borneo rainforest in her late husband Andrew Stern’s name.  Cleary also talks to Jane about her husband’s recent tragic suicide.

Critics: Whale hunting needs to stop

Critics: Whale hunting needs to stop

Every summer, hundreds of whales are slaughtered for their meat and blubber on a set of islands located in the middle of Atlantic Ocean. It's a practice that critics say routinely turns the sea red with blood.

Hunters that participate in the event -- known as the pilot whale drive -- slaughter an average of 800 whales a year. 

Chicken abuse uncovered at North Carolina farm

Chicken abuse uncovered at North Carolina farm

Undercover investigations that expose horrifying abuse on factory farms could soon be outlawed.  That means that investigations like the one a group called Compassion Over Killing recently conducted at Prince Poultry in North Carolina would be illegal.  The undercover investigator who went inside prince poultry found examples of horrifying cruelty.  She even saw chickens being buried alive. 

Compassion Over Killing filed a complaint with law enforcement and the North Carolina Bureau of Investigation started an inquiry in to the farm's practices.  Prince Poultry provides exclusively to chicken producer Pilgrim's Pride, the second largest chicken producer in the world.  Their products show up in stores and restaurants across America.  In a statement, Pilgrim's Pride told CNN:

U.S.D.A testing poison to use on wild pigs

U.S.D.A testing poison to use on wild pigs

Pigs are in danger of being poisoned by our own government.  These highly intelligent animals are considered pests by some because they eat crops and damage farm property.  Many of these so-called feral pigs have escaped from inhumane conditions on factory farms, where they're often forced to live in tiny gestation crates, unable to even turn around.

Right now, it's illegal to poison wild pigs in the United States.  But the U.S.D.A is allegedly trying to change that.  Their Wildlife Services branch reportedly kills up to 33,000 pigs a year using methods like hunting and trapping.  Now, they're testing sodium nitrate, a preservative used to cure bacon, as a poison to kill the nation's estimated 5 million wild hogs.  Wildlife services is a government agency that we've done many exposés on.  Critics say they should be disbanded.

Dog owner: 'If he killed a 7-year-old child wouldn't he go to jail?'

Dog owner: 'If he killed a 7-year-old child wouldn't he go to jail?'

A Baltimore police officer faces felony animal cruelty charges after cops say he slit a dog's throat even though, other officers had the dog restrained. And now, a second officer, Officer Thomas Schmidt has been suspended as police investigate his possible role in the slaying.

Police said 49-year-old Jeffrey Bolger responded to a call about a dog biting a woman. That dog was Nala, a 7-year-old Chinese Shar-Pei who, unbeknownst to the owner, had gotten out of her backyard.

Are toxic lead bullets poisoning animals?

Are toxic lead bullets poisoning animals?

Birds and other wild animals are dying slow, painful deaths from lead poisoning.  The Humane Society of the United States and several other animal protection and conservation groups have petitioned the Department of the Interior to ban the use of lead ammunition near federal lands.  We reached out to the office of the Secretary of the Interior for comment, but are waiting to hear back.

This is the ammo that continues to kill long after it leaves the chamber.  Lead can cause brain damage, organ failure, and death in animals.  Every year, ten to twenty million birds and animals die from lead poisoning!  Many animals are shot with lead bullets, but don't die immediately.  Instead, the lead leaks into their bodies, and they die long, slow, painful deaths.  Lead can even seep into the ground and get into our food supply.

The fight to ban horse slaughter

The fight to ban horse slaughter

Jane and her special guests discuss the latest in the fight to ban American horses from being shipped to Canada for slaughter.  

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