Behind the scenes of the death match between Big Ag and undercover animal-rights activists.
At the beginning of the year, the SPCA moved out of its 40-year-old digs on Riverfront Boulevard and into a shiny new facility off I-30 and Hampton Road. The move served two purposes: For one, the SPCA had outgrown the outdated Dealey Animal Care Center and needed a larger, more modern space. But a ... More >>
An article in Audubon Magazine regarding truth in labeling has me a little flustered. It points out that the labels that pepper our groceries with messages of good tidings and well being are mostly bullshit. It also implies that specific terms such as cruelty free, cage free and environmentally fri ... More >>
Confining sows in small gestation crates has come under great scrutiny lately. Major companies like McDonald's, Burger King, Wendy's and most recently the nation's second largest grocery chain, Safeway, have announced a phase-out of pork supplied by farms that use gestation crates. However, recent ... More >>
Just last month, we learned that Dallas Animal Services had around 30 vacancies in shelter and field operations that urgently needed to be filled -- this, despite a RIF process in October that saw 53 people laid off and replaced with temporary workers. At Thursday afternoon's Animal Shelter Commissi ... More >>
With the city overrun with strays, Dallas' animal rescuers want to save dogs from cruelty and neglect. But some need to be saved from themselves.
Jody Jones"It's mid-January," Dallas Animal Services Commission member Bonnie Matthias said emphatically. "And we're caught with our pants down again." As usual, there's good news and there's bad news at Dallas Animal Services. This week, shelter manager Jody Jones and head of Code Complianc ... More >>
Nathan WinogradWoke up this morning to find the in-box filled with missives from friends and fans of a man named Nathan Winograd -- "the de-facto face of the 'No Kill' movement," as Huffington Post called him last year, referring to efforts to stop animal shelters from euthanizing strays. Winogra ... More >>
Jody Jones with then-Virgina Governor Tim Kaine in 2008Contained in the stack of City Hall memos distributed to media last night was one from Assistant City Manage Forest Turner to the mayor and council members. In it, Turner announced that at long last, the city has chosen the new manager for An ... More >>
You may recall: Back in the summer of '09, there was a rash of cat killing across the city, with the animals often sliced in half and left in front yards. Dallas Police Department spokesman Senior Corporal Kevin Janse tells Unfair Park this morning those slayings went unsolved, which troubles the ... More >>
Mark GrahamLieutenant Scott Walton, interim division manager at Dallas Animal ServicesThe myriad issues with the Dallas Animal Services have been well chronicled, especially in our January cover story on the shelter, which described the conflicting mindsets there thusly: "The old dog catcher ment ... More >>
After last-last-last week's cover story on Dallas Animal Services, I have become the go-to person for animal welfare inquiries here at the paper. And I am happy to oblige. Especially when inquiries come with adorable videos, and this latest sure does: Shelter Chic is a Dallas-based web video seri ... More >>
From our slideshow hereOn Friday, Assistant City Manager Forest Turner -- to whom I spoke for last week's cover story about cruelty, cronyism and incompetence at Dallas Animal Services -- sent out a memo to city council members updating them on progress made at DAS with regard to the Humane Socie ... More >>
Spiral Diner's staffers aren't letting an award from PETA distract them from their work slinging tofu scrambles and mixing soy milkshakes. "I really don't know," a man who identified himself as manager of the Fort Worth branch said with a snarl when City of Ate called to ask how the restaura ... More >>
Both of you who followed along with yesterday's liveblog of the Animal Shelter Commission will remember that former ASC member and animal rights bigwig Jonnie England wondered during the public comment: Why is Tyrone McGill, the former Dallas Animal Services manager who has been indicted on charg ... More >>
Photos by Andrea GrimesThe newly banded wrists of a few DAS employees: "Compassion" is the new name of the game.I stopped by Dallas Animal Services over on Westmoreland Road this afternoon to check out the facilities in anticipation of the long-awaited and long-delayed Humane Society of the Unite ... More >>
On Monday, in the comments to Daniel's item about People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals protesting Fort Worth's libraries for hopping into tent with Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, longtime Friend of Unfair Park Religion of Bacon complained that "PETA lost all credibility whe ... More >>
From PETA's coloring book for kids, which it wants handed out at Fort Worth librariesAt 10:30 this morning, the Riverside Branch of the Fort Worth Library played host to Slappy and Monday -- two clowns from Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus who treated some 43 kids to Reading with Ri ... More >>
The furry fellow you see at right is Bill, my across-the-street neighbor's 12-year-old cat who, sometime between Sunday night and Monday morning, was chopped in half, his front quarters deposited in another neighbor's front lawn. In a next-door neighbor's front yard was the back half of a second ... More >>
People for the Ethical Treatment of AnimalsWe didn't get the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals press release till way late in the afternoon yesterday, but on Tuesday, PETA member Shari Pearson took off her top, whipped out the body paint and crawled into a cage in downtown Fort Worth to pr ... More >>
Courtesy the SPCA of TexasTwo of the 350 dogs rescued from an Arkansas puppy mill this week; they will be up for adoption in coming days.Yesterday, the SPCA of Texas began transferring to McKinney 150 dogs seized from a Paris, Arkansas, puppy mill. In all, some 400 animals -- including miniature pon ... More >>
Despite efforts by animal welfare activists, the zoo decides to ship a problem elephant out of the country
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In Texas, shoot as many feral pigs as you like. Just don't let your dog bite them.
Dallas SPCA's Dave Garcia and his investigators lead the charge against animal abuse
House Bill 433 tackles terrorism?
The city's animal control efforts are running wild, but that's not the critters' fault. It's a people problem. The question now is, will Dallas residents pay to fix it?
To kill or not to kill--that's the $11 million animal shelter question
An anti-fur protester claims her rights are violated by a too restrictive probation
Once was blind
High Hopes, Ugly Americans
What do you get when you cross the Zapatistas with Dr. Dolittle? The Animal Liberation Front
SPCA of Texas
Caught napping; Save that gerbil; Ill-chosen words
While critics howl, the SPCA of Texas dreams of opening a rural animal utopia. Meanwhile, Dallas kills hundreds of pets every day.
An unsolved string of cat mutilations in North Dallas leaves police and residents wondering who could do such a thing
When an animal rights activist came up against Neiman Marcus, she had more than some dead fur to contend with