animal rights http://kvpr.org en California Animal Welfare Bill Creates Controversy, Critics Call It 'Ag-Gag' http://kvpr.org/post/california-animal-welfare-bill-creates-controversy-critics-call-it-ag-gag <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A number of states have recently passed laws that seek to restrict journalists and animal rights activists from filming inhumane practices inside slaughterhouses. These so-called </span><a href="http://kvpr.org/post/states-crack-down-animal-welfare-activists-and-their-undercover-videos" style="line-height: 1.5;">“Ag-gag” </a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">laws have drawn harsh criticism from animal welfare groups. Now, a new bill from a Fresno lawmaker that aims to mandate the swift reporting of animal abuse has some crying foul. Tue, 16 Apr 2013 16:12:43 +0000 Ezra David Romero 13659 at http://kvpr.org California Animal Welfare Bill Creates Controversy, Critics Call It 'Ag-Gag' On Valley Edition: Animal Control; National Monument for Cesar Chavez; Civil War Revisited http://kvpr.org/post/valley-edition-animal-control-national-monument-cesar-chavez-civil-war-revisited <p><strong>Animal Control and Shelter Services in Fresno: What's Next?</strong> Tue, 02 Oct 2012 20:05:11 +0000 Juanita Stevenson 4861 at http://kvpr.org On Valley Edition: Animal Control; National Monument for Cesar Chavez; Civil War Revisited Judge Rejects Challenges to California's Law on Farm Animal Cages http://kvpr.org/post/judge-rejects-challenges-californias-law-farm-animal-cages <p>A federal judge in Los Angeles has upheld California's law that bans the use of tightly confined cages for some farm animals.</p><p>An egg producer challenged 2008's proposition 2, saying it was too vague for farmers because it didn't specify cage size.</p><p>But US District Judge John F. Walter said in his ruling it wouldn't require QUOTE "the investigative acumen of Columbo to determine if an egg farmer is in violation of the statute."</p> Thu, 13 Sep 2012 23:00:18 +0000 Kathleen Masterson 3936 at http://kvpr.org Congressmen Call For Hanford Slaughterhouse to Re-Open http://kvpr.org/post/congressmen-call-hanford-slaughterhouse-re-open Three Central Valley Congressmen have called on Agriculture Secretary Tom Vislack to allow the Hanford slaughterhouse at the center of an animal cruelty controversy to re-open. In a letter released today, Republican House members Kevin McCarthy, Devin Nunes and Jeff Denham called the shutdown of the Central Valley Meat Company unnecessary, and said the closure is causing economic hardship in the area. They said that the investigation into the plant's practices can continue should the plant re-open. Thu, 23 Aug 2012 23:16:54 +0000 Valley Public Radio News Staff 2796 at http://kvpr.org So, Who Sent Those Sick Cows To The Slaughterhouse? http://kvpr.org/post/so-who-sent-those-sick-cows-slaughterhouse Federal regulators and fast-food companies reacted with unprecedented speed this week to the <a href="http://thelede.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/08/22/work-at-slaughterhouse-is-halted-after-graphic-undercover-videos/">release</a> of an undercover video that animal-rights activists shot inside a California slaughterhouse. The <a href="http://www.cok.net/californiacows/">video</a> — which, we'll warn you, is pretty graphic — shows employees of Central Valley Meat Co. using electric prods repeatedly on cattle that appeared unable to get to their feet. Thu, 23 Aug 2012 18:09:00 +0000 Dan Charles 2770 at http://kvpr.org So, Who Sent Those Sick Cows To The Slaughterhouse?