Category Archives: Animals

Doral Slaughterhouse Raid Largest Ever in the U.S.

While the name sounds almost charming, Doral’s Coco Farm was anything but. The 70-acre property was a house of horrors for chickens, goats, pigs, cows, and dogs. Animals were bought and slaughtered in the presence of customers; stabbed with rusty blades and sometimes boiled or skinned while still alive.

Thankfully, the “farm” is no more. Last week, Animal Recovery Mission (ARM) and Miami-Dade law enforcement raided the location, arresting the owners and saving more than 9,500 badly abused animals. The operation was the largest rescue of its kind in the United States, ever, says Richard “Kudo” Couto, ARM founder.

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Instagram-Famous Mini Pigs Priscilla and Poppleton Visit Miami Beach

Forget pigs in a blanket. Pigs in pink bows, bathing suits, and pearls are way better. That’s why the world has fallen in love with Priscilla and Poppleton, two very adorable, very photogenic miniature pigs.

Prissy and Pop, as they’re colloquially known, are Instagram celebrities, boasting a whopping 422,000 followers. The two make their home in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, but spent spring break in South Beach, where they met some of their many admirers and, according to Instagram, drank piggie coladas.

Melissa Nicholson, mom extraordinaire to the two piggies, took them on a whirlwind tour of Miami Beach sights and sounds, including hosting a meet-and-greet at the Savoy Hotel last Wednesday. Despite getting only a couple of hours’ notice via Instagram, several dozen Prissy and Pop fans showed up.

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Lolita, Miami Seaquarium Orca, Granted Endangered Status

Miami Seaquarium’s resident orca, Lolita, may be one step closer to winning her freedom. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced today it has ruled to include her in the Endangered Species Act (ESA) listing of southern resident killer whales.

This ruling means Lolita is now granted the same protection as the rest of her family, which lives in the waters off Washington state’s San Juan Islands (where Lolita was captured 44 years ago). According to PETA, the Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF), Orca Network, and others, the decision is a direct result of their collective petitioning of the agency on Lolita’s behalf.

Click to read more from the Miami New Times.

A Tribute to Wolfey

Wolfman Jack, or Wolfey as he was better known, was a shaggy black mutt and former pound puppy who stole the hearts of his family with his gentle nature, zest for life and popcorn-catching prowess.

From the moment his mom and two-year-old human sister picked him up from the pound, Wolfey’s joy was palpable. A jumper, a player, a lifelong chaser of squirrels, he loved all people, and children in particular.

Wolfey was an avid barker, a tennis ball aficionado and at heart, a country dog. He loved sniffing at streams, running through gardens and pawing through leaves in the woods of New Hampshire. Later in life, he could be spotted loping through the hills of Napa Valley.

During difficult times, Wolfey was a tireless shoulder to cry on and a constant comfort to his little sister when she was sad. His fur was better than a box of tissues – and he shed his thick black hair in massive quantities. His family’s favorite rhyme was “Wolfey hair is everywhere!” Even on the ceiling.

Stubborn and opinionated, Wolfey had a mind of his own. Famously, he’d hop on the bed the minute his human family left the house, despite his mom’s protestations.  Car rides made him crazy — he’d bark, drool and howl, but he was an adventurer and loved trips of any kind.

Wolfey gave his family plenty of scares, from employing escape artist antics to getting hit by a car. But even the accident didn’t cramp his style – he was always eager to meet another day.

One of Wolfey’s brightest moments was his 15th birthday party — a festive tribute to his life that had him seated at a table as the guest of honor. He wore a party hat, ate a birthday cake and ice cream (his favorite) and eagerly tore open presents with his paws. He was beside himself with joy.

In his later years, Wolfey’s teeth chattered and his fur wore thin, but his spirit never did. He was as full of enthusiasm his last day on earth as he was when he rode home with his family from the shelter — an example of a life well lived. And while he never achieved his lifelong dream of catching a squirrel, he came very, very close.

Wolfey passed on painlessly at the age of 17 in the company of his Auntie Aleta. He lived a long life and taught us many lessons. May he run like a gust of wind from now until forever.

“Everything I know, I learned from dogs.” – Nora Roberts

City of South Miami Passes Meatless Monday Resolution

It’s not always easy to be meat-free in Miami. Heck, half the city’s bread is infused with lard. But thanks to a progressive mayor and a dedicated volunteer, vegetarianism just got a major boost with the City of South Miami’s Meatless Monday resolution.

In official language, it’s “in support of comprehensive efforts to protect the environment, our health, and animals, and encouraging residents to participate by choosing meat-free, plant-based meals at least one day a week.”

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Is the Ringling Brothers Circus Abusing Its Animals in Miami?

For decades, the nation’s largest animal rights organizations have been fighting ferociously to stop circuses from utilizing wild animals in their performances. From PETA to the ASPCA to ARFF, these groups argue that such practices are abusive, unnatural and antiquated.

But for the profiteers, the show must go on, and the biggest target of these group’s efforts,Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, opened in Miami this week. At last night’s debut, protesters planned to greet big top guests with leaflets, graphic images and pleas to take their dollars elsewhere. But what are the facts behind the accusations against “The Greatest Show on Earth” and other circuses like them?

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Kindred Spirits Sanctuary in Ocala: A Haven For Turkeys

This isn’t a warm and fuzzy time for American turkeys. To provide fodder for millions of tryptophan comas, roughly 45 million birds meet their makers every November.

But at Kindred Spirits Animal Sanctuary in Ocala, turkeys aren’t for eating. Instead, they live out their lives in peace and comfort. Plus, they get cuddles.

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World Cat Congress Coming to Miami

Life without cats would be, well, catastrophic. It’s hard to imagine how we survived the pre-internet dark ages without Grumpy Cat, kitten GIFs, and I Can Has Cheezburger.

If you’re a feline fanatic, you might wanna sit down. Come March 2014, the World Cat Congress is coming to Miami for the first (and possibly last) time ever. Basically, it’s four pawsitively packed days of cat shows, cat seminars, cat parades, cat shopping, and all things cat. Meow, brace yourselves for cute overload of the kitty kind.

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