Animal Rights

  • Columns

    March 27, 2014

    Barking Mad

    [Hey, You!] Man's best friend could use one of his own right about now

  • Blogs

    August 8, 2013

    [UPDATE: Taco Asylum Responds] Animal Liberation Front Vandalizes Taco Asylum Restaurant

    *See end of post for Taco Asylum's official response to the Animal Liberation Front. Original Post: Aug. 7, 7:30 p.m.: The Animal Liberation Front (ALF), a radical animal rights group, has taken credit for an act of vandalism against Costa Mesa's Taco Asylum restaurant. The vandalism allegedly took ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 26, 2013

    Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus Returns to Anaheim and So Do the Protesters

    The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus begins its eight-day run in Anaheim's Honda Center today, completing a Southern California swing that included engagements in Los Angeles and Ontario. It's become a tradition that the circus arrives with elephants parading through the streets of Anaheim, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 7, 2013

    PETA Promotes A Vegan Diet With ... Animal Sex (NSFW)

    The rebel-activists at PETA are known for using shock tactics to grab people's attention (ie. "Let's promote animal rights with women masturbating with asparagus!"), so their antics shouldn't surprise anyone. And yet, I feel dirty after watching their latest ad. For 46 seconds, animals--horses, rh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 10, 2012

    [UPDATED, W/IN-N-OUT STATEMENT--WON'T STAND FOR COW HATERS] Claim: In-N-Out Buys Its Cheese From Cow Abusers

    Updated, with new information at the bottom...ORIGINAL POST, OCT. 10, 11 A.M. If there is one fast-food company that gets universally positive coverage, it's In-N-Out--hell, even anti-fast-food crusader Eric Schlosser praised their practices at the end of his epic Fast Food Nation (and how cool that ... More >>

  • News

    August 30, 2012

    Anaheim's Political Circus

    PETA-Ringling Bros. war spills into Anaheim council chambers, where a circus-animal ban is proposed

  • Blogs

    July 11, 2012

    Anaheim Settles Police Brutality Lawsuit Filed By Ringling Brothers Circus Protester

    An Orange County man who accused Anaheim cops of committing police brutality during a 2010 animal rights protest of Ringling Brothers Circus at the Honda Center has won a settlement from the city before a federal jury could consider the case.In his 2011 lawsuit, Bryan Monell claimed that he was vide ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 25, 2012

    Burger King Makes Cage-Free Promise

    In a move applauded by animal rights advocates, Burger King has announced that all of its egg and pork products will be cage-free by 2017. It's the largest restaurant chain to put a deadline on the switch.   "So many tens of thousands of animals will now be in better living conditions," Wa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 12, 2012

    5 Plead Not Guilty to Child Endangerment via Exposure to Piss, Shit, Scratches from 110 Cats

    Five adults pleaded not guilty to felony child endangerment for allegedly exposing two children to "severely unsanitary conditions" in a Santa Ana home filled with feces and urine from 110 cats.John Ed Howe, 68, his wife Sharon Lynn Howe, 65, their daughter Kerri Lynn Howe Moreno, 44, Moreno's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 28, 2012

    Did Animal Activists Kill I Heart Puppies?

    ​I Heart Puppies, which has been under fire from animal activists since it opened eight months ago, apparently closed over the weekend, according to a sign in the Corona del Mar pet store's window."I Heart Puppies would like to thank the community of CdM for their kindness, generosity, and suppor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 22, 2011

    Animal Rights Group Wants To Check Anthony Bourdain's Liver

    ​Did you hear that The Animal Legal Defense Fund, an animal rights group, wants to pay for Anthony Bourdain to check his liver for hepatic lipidosis?The group, in a bid to draw attention to the cruel (or, depending on where you stand on the issue, delicious) production of foie gras, drafted an ope ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 14, 2011

    5 Adults Face Child Endangerment Charges and 2 Have Added Animal Cruelty Counts for Little Girls Being Exposed to Filth from 110 Cats

    ​A family of five adults faces felony child endangerment charges for allegedly exposing two children to "severely unsanitary conditions" by living in a urine- and feces-filled home in Santa Ana with 110 cats. The two girls, ages 6 and 12, now reside elsewhere while the five adults, whose ages ra ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 24, 2011

    Fur Free Friday Covers South Coast Plaza

    ​Animal rights activists plan to spend their Black Friday not in lines in front of cash registers but in front of the malls themselves. That's because it's also Fur Free Friday, "the most widely attended annual demonstration in the history of the animal protection movement," according to an email ... More >>

  • Calendar

    November 3, 2011
  • Blogs

    October 12, 2011

    Irvine Bans Retail Dog and Cat Sales, Rodeos and Circuses with Exotic Animals

    ​To the delight of animal rights activists and chagrin of the town's lone pet store owner and the lobby that represents such businesses, the Irvine City Council Tuesday night banned the retail sale of cats and dogs. The council further earned gold stars from the likes of Orange County People for A ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 19, 2011

    Tennesee DMV: F-U to ILVTOFU Vanity Plate

    ​A PETA employee called Whitney Calk moved from Virginia to Tennessee and tried registering her car in the new state with a custom tag that expressed her love of tofu, not her love to F-U. Either way, that state's DMV refused the application for a vanity plate that read ILVTOFU under the grounds o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2011

    [UPDATED with Hunting Season Open:] Coyotes Knock Down Woman, Snatch Her Yorkie

    ​UPDATE, JULY 29, 8:01 P.M.: To butcher they lyrics sung by the late, great Warren Zevon, "Send hunters, guns and money--hah! Dad get me out of this."Following Tuesday morning's attack that knocked down a 64-year-old Laguna Woods woman and ended the life of her 12-year-old Yorkie, the City Council ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 27, 2011

    I Heart Puppies Does Not Heart Animal Activist

    ​The owner of a Corona del Mar pet store has filed for a restraining order against a Los Angeles activist who has accused the merchant of acquiring dogs from puppy mills.I Heart Puppies shop owner Brooke Ann Bradford filed the request Friday in Orange County Superior Court to stop alleged harassme ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 25, 2011

    [UPDATED with Jail Sentence:] Michael Stuart Patterson, Upset Over Barking, Attacks and Blinds German Shepherd

    ​UPDATE, JULY 25, 8:56 A.M.: 51-year-old Michael Stuart Patterson just couldn't take the barking anymore, so after kicking open the front door of his Mission Viejo neighbor's home while yelling, "I'm going to kill you, and I'm going to kill your dog," he confronted Honey on the back patio and, arm ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 28, 2011

    Dutch Parliament Bans Halal and Kosher Slaughter, Giving Anti-Muslim Activists Here Hope for Same in U.S.

    Flickr user Violette79​Today, the Dutch parliament voted to ban the ritual slaughter of animals, a ban that effectively outlaws kosher and halal butchering in the country. The disturbing attack on religious freedom came via the strange coalition of animal rights activists and anti-Muslim politicia ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 24, 2011

    Rep. John Campbell, "Gun-Owning Animal Lover," Finds Himself in NRA Crosshairs

    ​Rep. John Campbell (R-Irvine) scored A- grades from the National Rifle Association heading into his successful 2008 and 2010 elections. (By comparison, Orange County's lone Democrat in Congress, Loretta Sanchez, received a D). But Campbell recently found himself in an unfamiliar spot: in the midd ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 25, 2011

    Online Petition Drive Targets Santa Ana Zoo Elephant Rides

    Laura Goldman, who lives in Los Angeles, read an LA Times article last November about the Santa Ana Zoo's elephant rides, which have been blasted by animal-rights activists and defended by city officials."I thought it was bizarre that a zoo would offer elephant rides," Goldman tells me of her reacti ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 27, 2011

    Seabirds Truck Honored by PETA

    ​OCMetro reports that the Seabirds Truck has been honored by PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) as one of the five most animal-friendly food truck in the nation. In a rare collision of PETA and good taste, they have chosen Seabirds for vegan cuisine that actually tastes good.In my ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 17, 2011

    [UPDATED: PETA Gives Posthumous Award] Moments After Saving a Dog From Traffic, Woman Struck and Killed by Motorist

    FacebookMara Steves​UPDATE, FEB. 17, 10 A.M.: People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) announced today that it will posthumously award Steves with its Compassionate Action Award for rescuing the dog."Mara died as she was helping another individual in trouble," said PETA President Ingrid ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 25, 2010

    Mission Viejo Shelter Dogged by Controversy

    ​A former Mission Viejo Animal Services Center volunteer dropped a bombshell this week."We are instructed to lie . . .," Dianne Doyle wrote in letters to the media and the city councils of Mission Viejo, Laguna Niguel and Aliso Viejo, which contract the center for shelter services.After three year ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 21, 2010

    As the Octomom World Turns

    ​Monday was a busy day on Planet Octomom. Nadya Suleman's fertility doctor, who may lose his medical license, announced he's seeking records from her other physicians, Suleman's landlord began foreclosure proceedings on her La Habra home, and Suleman announced via video she will not accept a $ ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 26, 2010

    Octomom Nadya Suleman's Home Now Owned by Attorney; Her Financial Situation More Dire

    ​Jeff Czech, the lawyer for Octomom Nadya Suleman, has taken over the title of her La Habra home. A review of public records shows that the title was transferred from the single mother of 14's father, Ed Doud, to Harmony Enterprises, Inc. which is owned by Czech.Suleman, who staved off her mortga ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 25, 2010

    Visit A Bar, Catch A Lobster... Maybe

    Courtesy of CA Lobster Zone​"Have you ever played the lobster game?" "The lobster game?" "Yeah, the kind with the claw." "Is this some kind of sick pick-up line? If it is, you need more help than I can give you."

  • Blogs

    February 23, 2010

    Anyone Missing a Red-Tailed Hawk?

    Red-tailed hawk ... but not THE red-tailed hawk.​With all the media tales chronicling the disconnect between the public sector, the private sector and regular old folks, it's refreshing to see the three came together beautifully when it came to rescuing a red-tailed hawk stuck atop a utility pole ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 10, 2009

    Slideshow: PETA Protest at Santa Ana McDonald's

    Keith MayProtesting is fun!​ You heard it here first in Dave Lieberman's post, and we sent photog Keith May to yesterday afternoon's PETA protest at a Santa Ana McDonald's location. Armed with some super uplifting shots of bloody chickens and scary clowns, PETA members rallied against cruel slaugh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 10, 2009

    Slideshow: PETA Protest at Santa Ana McDonald's

    Keith MayProtesting is fun!​ You heard it here first in Dave Lieberman's post, and we sent photog Keith May to yesterday afternoon's PETA protest at a Santa Ana McDonald's location. Armed with some super uplifting shots of bloody chickens and scary clowns, PETA members rallied against cruel slaug ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 8, 2009

    PETA to Send Giant Chicken to Santa Ana

    Courtesy of PETALet's hope their signs are bigger tomorrow. Harbor has a 40 mph speed limit.​If you're going to be driving in the area of Harbor and McFadden tomorrow, Wednesday, December 9, from noon to 1 p.m., be aware that there will be a person in a chicken suit protesting McDonald's chicken s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 14, 2009

    Don't Forget Your Pet While Letting It All ShakeOut

    Don't forget Bowser.​As Orange County readies for its participation in Thursday morning's "Great California ShakeOut" earthquake drill, actor and animal activist Leo Grillo is working feverishly to ensure animals are included in mock rescue efforts. Grillo is founder and president of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 20, 2009

    UPDATE: Franks For The Memories... Is It The End Of The Road For The Wienermobile?

    Sadly, Oscar G Mayer Jr., the hot dog company's retired chairman, died on Monday. According to TMZ (!), he requested that the famed sausage-shaped vehicle not make an appearance at his funeral, saying it would be "too much of a spectacle". Now PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) has w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2009

    Rub a Dub Dub Them Elephants Are Tubs!

    Photo by Keith MaySpray today, perform tonight.Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus scored a rare two-fer today, generating attention to what it considers generous treatment of its performing animals and butts in seats for a 12-day run that begins tonight at the Honda Center. Actually, make ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 13, 2009

    One Good Ringling Bros. Demonstration Deserves Another

    Courtesy of ElephantCenter.comA Ringling Bros. elephant performer gets a washing.When Melissa "Vegan Mel" Sehgal of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) carried out her nude and caged protest against Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus late last month in Anaheim, a representa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 1, 2009

    Ringling Bros.: We Do Care For Our Animals

    Photo by Keith May The media was out there, and so was the circus.Anyone who marveled at the incisive journalism and expert photography displayed in the coverage of animal-rights activist Melissa Sehgal's nude protest over Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus' upcoming Hon ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 5, 2009

    Corey Feldman Scheduled to Attend OC Event for Animals

    Who says the stars don't come out to Orange County? The Orange County People for Animals (OCPA) have snagged an A-list couple for its annual fund-raiser and write-in this Saturday night: Susan and Corey Feldman.That's right, the star of Goonies, The Lost Boys and Stand By Me, along with his wife and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 1, 2009

    Foie Gras Campaign Gets Its Ducks in a Row at Hush

    If you're heading into Hush Restaurant in Laguna Beach Saturday night, the folks outside advising you to steer clear of the duck are with Orange County People for Animals and Animal Protection Rescue League. As they've done elsewhere around Orange County, the two groups again join forces as part of ... More >>

  • Calendar

    November 27, 2008

    Coats for Cubs

    Buffalo Exchange

  • News

    August 3, 2006

    Dumbo and Dumber

    Handlers give circus Elephants the bullhook

  • Columns

    July 22, 2004
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    March 25, 2004
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    August 7, 2003
  • News

    May 25, 2000

    Santa Anas Filthy Little Secret

    Economy-class animal shelter pretty much guarantees Fido a one-way ticket into the next world

  • News

    September 2, 1999

    Bad Dogcatcher

    Animal Control gets a taste of Mittermeiers whip

  • News

    August 12, 1999

    Pets Held Hostage!

    Week No. 9 at the countys screwed-up Animal Control agency

  • News

    July 1, 1999

    Kat Killers

    Critics charge OCs animal shelter still kills cats the old-fashioned way: Painfully

  • News

    June 24, 1999

    Muzzle Puzzle

    Why is Animal Control displaying a bunker mentality?

  • News

    June 10, 1999

    Changing the Cat Box

    Sweeping changes at the countys Soviet-style animal shelter?

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