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Animal cruelty to be ‘A’ felony

Karla Rendon Editorial Director The FBI will increase the consequences of violent crimes against animals by reclassifying such crimes as  Group A felonies, FBI officials announced last month. This means that animal abuse will be considered a serious crime against society and stricter penalties will be enforced. The four categories for animal cruelty are simple or gross neglect, intentional abuse... 

Speaker makes a ROAR at lecture

Speaker makes a ROAR at lecture
Karen Dawn, an animal rights activist, discussed the various topics in her book, “Thanking the Monkey: Rethinking the Way We Treat Animals,” at an event hosted by the Reaching Out for Animal Rights club Monday in the Campus Center. Dawn exposed how animals are really treated in American zoos, factory farming and the entertainment industry and why people should be more conscious about what they... 

Leos ROAR to bring attention to good cause

Karla Rendon Staff Writer While University of La Verne has diverse clubs that cater to student interests, a new club called Reaching Out for Animal Rights’ main ambition is to serve the animal community and bring awareness. Founded this semester by freshman criminology major Leah Parkhurst, the club’s mission was to educate students about the welfare of animals. There are about 20 active members. “We... 

Bill threatens food safety

Less than three weeks apart, Iowa and Utah governors signed a bill, named by New York Times food writer Mark Bittman, the “Ag-Gag” bill, that stops undercover animal abuse investigations. Recent undercover investigations of animal abuse on factory farms have relied on video footage provided by activists and reporters who have taken undercover jobs on these farms. This bill makes it a crime for... 

Let's paws and think about cats

Let's paws and think about cats
Editorial Cartoon by Michael Escañuelas There is an ethical point to be considered – the morality of inflicting pain on cats. We know the practice of onychectomy – declawing cats – is cruel. However, veterinarians don’t feel the practice should be banned, on the contrary, many veterinarians have backed a pending state law that gives the state the authority to prevent cities and counties... 
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