Jane Velez-Mitchell

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

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.

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?

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