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  • Congress attempts to change captivity rules for orcas, marine life

    Congress attempts to change captivity rules for orcas, marine life
    In a bipartisan decision Thursday, U.S. Congress took a step to change how orcas are kept in captivity, a debate propelled by the 2013 documentary “Blackfish,” which tells the story of Tilikum, a 12,000-pound killer-whale who killed Sea World trainer Dawn Brancheau in 2010.
  • Best to buy your pet in person

    As someone who does pretty much does everything online besides tying my shoelaces, it didn’t come as a shock that more and more people are shopping for their next pet online. As long as I have a name and a credit card to go along with it, I can...

    Burbank adopts strict ban on retail sale of pets

    Burbank adopts strict ban on retail sale of pets
    Burbank this week joined the growing list of cities that have banned the retail sale of pets, but built in a six-month grace period for existing pet stores. Under the ban adopted by the City Council Tuesday, pet shops in Burbank can only obtain cats...

    Gordon swept proof under the rug

    I was deeply saddened at the Oct.16 meeting on the puppy mill ordinance. Councilman David Gordon said there was no proof that his friend’s pet store was selling commercially bred puppies, yet when proof from the United States Department of...

    Students need more healthful options

    With the new school year just around the corner, parents’ attention is turning to school clothes, supplies and lunches. Yes, school lunches. Traditionally, USDA had used the National School Lunch Program as a dumping ground for surplus meat and...