Jane Velez-Mitchell

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

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?"

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. 

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