Pack Line Headlines: Dog fighting, humane farming, abuser registries
Vick ‘case’ might be helping to curb dog fighting in Georgia: The headline on the USA Today website reads “Michael Vick case helped curb dog-fighting in Georgia.” My immediate reaction was, ‘Wait, no one should be giving credit to Vick for this.’ But after that flash reaction, I felt better of the headline and article because it correctly included the word “case.”
Michael Vick himself hasn’t been the key to shining more light on this horrible, illegal industry. His arrest and conviction – the case against him as a sports celebrity – served to shine more light on the evils of dog fighting.
The January 17 article also notes Georgia now has tougher dog-fighting laws and set up an anonymous tip line.
Animal Welfare Approved farmer is 12 years old: Shelby Grebenc of Broomfield, Colo. is the youngest farmer in the country to be Animal Welfare Approved (AWA). She sells the eggs from her chickens on her Happy Chapped Chicken Butt Farm.
She has been caring for chickens that have been dropped off and abandoned on the family’s property. Her farm now features 130 hens who lay about 15 dozen eggs a day. The Dish blog on the Denver Westword website reports the requirements for AWA standing include caring for chickens and hens that “are able to roam outside; eat bugs and unmodified food; and are under the care of a skilled farmer.”
Congratulations to Shelby.
Several states considering animal-abuse registries: ABC News reports at least five states – Arizona, Maryland, Florida, New York and Colorado have legislation pending in their legislatures that would establish animal-abuse registries. And Maryland could soon join the list.
The article cites the Suffolk County Society for the Prevention of the Cruelty of Animals Suffolk County (N.Y.) as the lead community in the movement, where convicted animal abusers “must register a photo and current address for ten years as well pay a $50 per year fee.”