Jane Velez-Mitchell

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

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.

New law shines light on racing greyhounds deaths

New law shines light on racing greyhounds deaths

One racing greyhound in Florida dies every three days.

A shocking report in the Miami Herald reveals that more than 70 dogs died on racetrack property in the second half of 2013 alone.

Greyhounds: Racing to death?

Greyhounds: Racing to death?

One racing greyhound in Florida dies every three days.

A shocking report in the Miami Herald reveals that more than 70 dogs died on racetrack property in the second half of 2013 alone.

Report: Racing greyhounds dying at alarming rate

Report: Racing greyhounds dying at alarming rate

One racing greyhound in Florida dies every three days.

A shocking report in the Miami Herald reveals that more than 70 dogs died on racetrack property in the second half of 2013 alone.

Jane: Marius the giraffe isn't the only one

Jane: Marius the giraffe isn't the only one

The story of Marius the giraffe is horrific. Marius was a healthy giraffe living in the Copenhagen Zoo when he was killed and fed to the lions. This was done despite a petition signed by tens of thousands of people asking them not to kill Marius, and there were even offers from other zoos to take Marius in. 

This is a terrible waste of a beautiful creature, but it just highlights the ugly backstory of how we treat animals. The only difference was we got to see it. And unbelievably, so did a group of children. Marius was dismembered and fed to the lions in front of an audience of children and their parents. That sends a horrible message to kids that violence toward animals is OK. Didn’t anyone stop and think about the studies that show violent killers often abused animals as children? Why would you want to expose kids to that idea at all?

The race to save Sochi's stray dogs

The race to save Sochi's stray dogs

It's a race against time to save Sochi's dogs. WARNING - the video is graphic.

As the Olympic opening ceremony gets underway, it's open season on the thousands of strays wandering the city's streets and they’re being rapidly, cruelly, exterminated. Russian policies are calling these living, breathing creatures biological trash.

Russell Simmons: This suffering shouldn't be tolerated

Russell Simmons: This suffering shouldn't be tolerated

Russell Simmons spoke to Jane about the dolphin hunts in Taiji, Japan saying, “This kind of suffering should not be tolerated.”   Sea Shepherd says more than 1,200 dolphins have been herded into ‘the cove’ and about 600 have been killed.  Many dolphins have been pulled from the cove and taken into captivity. Simmons tells Jane, “These abusement parks should be stopped.”

For more information on the dolphin hunts and the organizations that are speaking out against them go to SeaShepherd.org thedodo.com, or dolphinproject.org

45 more dolphins killed in 'the cove'

45 more dolphins killed in 'the cove'

Approximately 45 more dolphins were killed in ‘the cove’ in Taiji, Japan.  These dolphins were killed for human consumption.  According to Sea Shepherd, about 600 dolphins have been killed since September 1st.  Jane spoke to Melissa Sehgal who is with Sea Shepherd and in Taiji who says these hunting boats are going out almost every day. 

For more information on the dolphin hunts and the organizations that are speaking out against them go to SeaShepherd.org , thedodo.com, or dolphinproject.org

More dolphins slaughtered in 'The Cove'

More dolphins slaughtered in 'The Cove'

Another pod of dolphins were driven into the cove in Taiji, Japan just days after almost 100 were either killed or taken into captivity. Despite an international outcry to stop these hunts, the boats continue to search for more dolphins. For more information on what is happening in Taiji go to SeaShepherd.org

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