Jane Velez-Mitchell

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

Are they building a monkey breeding facility in Florida?

Are they building a monkey breeding facility in Florida?

The group Animal Defenders International claims there are plans to build a new monkey breeding facility in Florida. They claim that a business that operates in Mauritius is set to supply monkeys to the proposed facility. ADI claims undercover video from Mauritius shows monkey abuse.

Jane Velez-Mitchell spoke to Wayne Pacelle, the President & CEO of the Humane Society of the United States. You can find out about and support their Bill to end cosmetics testing on animals here

Zoo kills 4 healthy lions, weeks after killing giraffe

Zoo kills 4 healthy lions, weeks after killing giraffe

WARNING: This video contains graphic violence.

The same zoo that euthanized a healthy giraffe earlier in March has now killed four lions. On Monday, the Copenhagen Zoo put down a 16-year-old male, a 14-year-old female and 2 10-month-old cubs.

Seals slaughtered in Canada

Seals slaughtered in Canada

Seals are being hunted down and slaughtered right now during Canada’s annual seal harvest.  Why does this have to happen to these beautiful creatures?  Canada claims the market for seal fur is still booming but seal fur was banned in the U.S. In the 1970's, and the European Union just voted to uphold their ban on the sale of seal products .  People around the world have begged Canada to end this senseless slaughter.  These are helpless, gentle animals.  They can't run away from these brutal killers.  Seals less than about 3 weeks old cannot be killed.  Instead, those babies have to watch their mothers be bludgeoned, leaving them to starve to death!  The hunt is at its peak in March and the hunters are actually fishermen so this is not their main source of income so why does it have to happen at all?

In a statement, the Department of Fishing and Oceans told us quote:  “The Government of Canada remains unequivocal in its support for the Canadian sealing industry.  We remain committed to supporting jobs and growth which includes the economic benefits to northern and coastal regions of the country provided by the sealing industry. The Government of Canada supports the sustainable and well-managed seal harvest, which continues to be an economic and cultural activity in Atlantic Canada, Quebec and the Arctic." 

California outlaws battery cages on egg farms

California outlaws battery cages on egg farms

The criticism of big agriculture is escalating as consumers demand change.  California voters approved prop 2, banning intensive confined spaces that many call institutionalized cruelty.  That means pig gestation crates, veal crates, and battery cages will be banned as of January 1.

Now, the state has gone a step further and passed AB 1437.  Starting in 2015, eggs cannot be sold in California if they come from farms that lock hens in tiny battery cages where they can't even spread their wings.  The agriculture industry is trying to fight this new rule.  Leading the charge is Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster, who's suing to try to overturn this new rule in federal court.  Missouri produces 1.7 billion eggs each year, and exports about 1/3 of them to California.  We reached out to him for comment.

Idaho becomes 6th state to pass Ag-Gag law

Idaho becomes 6th state to pass Ag-Gag law

Idaho is now the sixth state to pass an Ag-Gag law that criminalizes the filming of undercover video exposing cruelty on factory farms.   Two years ago, Mercy for Animals went undercover to Bettencourt Dairies, the largest dairy operation in Idaho, and found horrific abuse.

The farm’s owner told CNN “We are all devastated by it. We are family owned and we love our cattle. It’s something we don’t allow.”  As a result of that undercover investigation, five workers were fired and three of them were charged with cruelty to animals. 

Dog abuse goes viral, 'Honor' saved

Dog abuse goes viral, 'Honor' saved

A disturbing video posted on Facebook shows a middle school boy throwing a 6-month old Pitbull named “Honor” over his head, slamming her to the ground then repeatedly punching her! It’s all caught on camera by another young boy laughing and cheering him on. It went viral after the teens posted the horrific video on Facebook.

St. Louis cops used social media to track down the teens and arrest them for animal abuse. “Honor” got a clean bill of health; she’s staying with a local Pitbull advocacy group, Even Chance, until she’s adopted.

Plans to build monkey breeding facility in FL?

Plans to build monkey breeding facility in FL?

The group Animal Defenders International claims there are plans to build a new monkey breeding facility in Florida. They claim that a business that operates in Mauritius is set to supply monkeys to the proposed facility. ADI claims undercover video from Mauritius shows monkey abuse.

Jane Velez-Mitchell spoke to Don Anthony from Animal Rights Foundation of Florida.

'Simpsons' co-creator fights for dolphins

'Simpsons' co-creator fights for dolphins

The killing of dolphins continues in Taiji, Japan. Boats herd whole pods into ‘the cove’ where many are either taken for captivity or slaughtered.  The organization, Sea Shepherd, estimates more than 800 dolphins have been killed since Sept. 1.

Sam Simon, TV executive, co-creator of the iconic show ‘The Simpsons’, and hero to animal advocates is now in Taiji with Sea Shepherd.  Simon spoke to Jane about the what he is seeing in ‘the cove’. 

Secrets of the monkey breeding trade?

Secrets of the monkey breeding trade?

Animal Defenders International’s new undercover investigation reveals controversial plans to build a facility to breed and house thousands of monkeys for lab experiments in Hendry, Florida. ADI claims the company plans to import the monkeys from the island country of Mauritius and says they have hidden camera footage allegedly showing abuse inside a Mauritius breeding facility. Jane speaks with President of ADI Jan Creamer about these allegations. 

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Time to ban horse-drawn carriages in NYC?

Time to ban horse-drawn carriages in NYC?

There is now a movement in cities across the country to ban horse-drawn carriages.  A lawmaker in Chicago is trying to ban them there. And New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio also wants to see horses off the city streets.

Critics say carriages force horses into fast and loud traffic creating a serious risk of spooking the animals and causing injuries.  But the organization that works with the horses, The Historical Horse-drawn Carriages of New York, says there are 144 pages of regulations in place and no owner or driver has even been convicted of animal cruelty or abuse.

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