LOUISIANA, LSU finds farms suffer heavy toll from feral hog damage

July 14, 2015

LSU finds farms suffer heavy toll from feral hog damage Louisiana State University researchers determined feral hogs caused $30 million in damage to crops and farm property in Louisiana in 2013. Soybean crops suffered the most damage, but hay, rice and corn weren’t far behind. The wild swine can also be a source of disease among livestock and wildlife. The Times-Picayune (New Orleans)/The Associated Press


LOUISIANA, new LSU veterinary school dean plans upgrades

October 23, 2014

New LSU veterinary school dean plans upgrades Veterinarian Joel Baines, the new dean of the Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine, is making plans to improve many of the school’s programs and introduce new ones. His goals include boosting an already robust research program with an additional biomedical focus and “producing the next set of leaders in veterinary medicine.” The Daily Reveille (Louisiana State University) (10/22)


LOUISIANA, Terrebonne Paris council considering changes to dog law


April 22, 2014

Deadly dog attack has Terrebonne council considering changes


Posted on April 21, 2014 at 5:17 PM

Updated today at 5:17 PM

Tania Dall / Eyewitness News
Email: tdall@wwltv.com | Twitter: @taniadall

HOUMA, La. — After a deadly dog attack claimed the life of a 4-year-old Houma girl, Terrebonne Parish officials are looking at stricter dog laws.

Two camps have formed in this parish-wide debate. Some are calling for stricter dog laws, while others want to keep the current rules in place without singling out specific breeds.

On March 25, police were called to the apartment complex where a mother had barricaded herself in a bathroom with her daughter after the 4-year-old was attacked by the family’s dog.

Police say the toddler was mauled by their 130-pound pit bull mix. She suffered facial and head injuries that she would later die from. Police had to shoot the dog dead after it charged at officers.

The incident has sparked a debate about whether or not to change current Terrebone Parish dog laws.

Right now, a dog is labeled as dangerous if it bites or severely injures anyone, kills another animal or behaves in a way that requires defensive action.

Current law does not single out any specific breed. Some believe that should be the case. Terrebone Parish Councilman John Navy is pushing for steeper fines for those who neglect specific breeds like pit bulls.

“When I say fine, I’m talking about if an animal owner is not caring for their animal properly, yes, that’s fine,” Navy said. “Let’s show them that we’re serious about this, because then you oppose threats upon other innocent people.”

The parish police and procedure meeting starts at 5:30 p.m. Navy expects the dog law debate to head to the full council later this week.


LOUISIANA, Lafourche Parish plans to introduce a pit bull ordinance

A city councilman in Lafourche Parish, Louisiana plans to introduce a pit bull ordinance (that is still being drafted) at the next council meeting on April 22.



LOUISIANA, Feds dismiss animal rights activist’s claim about UL research center

LA: Feds dismiss animal right activist’s claim about UL research center











Feds dismiss animal right activist’s claim about UL research center

Mar. 14, 2014   |


Staff report



The National Institutes of Health and the USDA have dismissed an animal rights activist’s latest complaints about the treatment of some primates at the New Iberia Research Center.

In January, Michael Budkie of Stop Animal Exploitation Now called for a federal investigation of injuries to three African green monkeys and the deaths of two chimpanzees in 2012, and a baby rhesus monkey in 2013.

But a statement by the National Institutes of Health, released March 6, said the events Budkie cited are not current.

“These events have been managed by the institutions as required by the PHS (Public Health Service) Policy on Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals, reviewed by the OLAW (NIH Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare), and the cases are closed.

“These institutions are in good standing with OLAW and in keeping with the requirement for self-reporting, will report to OLAW any noncompliance with the relevant policies and regulations involving research animals, should they arise,” it says….


1/25-1/26 LOUISIANA, Vinton. Compadres Cat Club is holding a fundraiser for the APHIS injunction

January 7, 2014

Feel free to pass along to others and crosspost. If anybody wants to send checks or pay by paypal, they can feel free to contact either Wendy or Ann, they will be thrilled to death to take donations.  Meanwhile keep the info coming in to me so I can keep KODA news updated on southernpaws blog.



January 25-26, 2014

Compadres Cat Club


Harrington/LeBeauf VFW Post 9854
2292 Highway 109 South
Vinton, LA  70668


Saturday AM: Edwards(AB), Harrison(AB), Walbrun(AB), Scarboro(AB)Saturday PM: Edwards(AB), Kovic(AB), Scarboro(SP), Meisberger(SP)Sunday AM: Savant(AB), Kovic(AB), Whyte(AB), Stinson(AB)Sunday PM: Savant(AB), Bailey(AB), Stinson(AB), Creech(SP)

Entry Clerk:

Wendy Klamm
337-739-6433 (no calls after 9 p.m. CST)

APHIS injunction fundraiser. (see http://www.keepourdomesticanimals.com)INJUNCTION DONATIONS HAPPILY ACCEPTED by entry clerk (please specify submitted amt) 2-day alternative format, 16 rings: 13 Allbreed, 3 Specialty. 125 entries max.

There will be a truly awesome raffle table.

Anne Paul, 337-488-3977, annepaulrealest@aol.com

Louisiana, Tangipahoa Parish considering breed discriminatory legislation

Tangipahoa Parish, Louisiana Considering Breed Discriminatory Legislation

September 30, 2013

The Tangipahoa Parish Council discussed requiring pit bull owners to have their dogs licensed, vetted and micro-chipped at their last meeting. Animal Control Director Chip Fitz said he’s leaning towards such regulation because “If we have an animal able to do damage, we want to be able to track it.”
According to Fitz, the ordinance has not been finalized and no timetable was set for it to be brought before the parish council for consideration.
Fitz admitted that overall bite counts had remained constant over the last two years: 55 in 2011 and 53 in 2012. His concerns with pit bulls, however, were irresponsible ownership and level of strength. “My concern is traditionally when a pit bull bites, it’s bad.” Pit bulls have also become a lot more popular in the last year.

It is inconceivable that regulation of pit bulls in Tangipahoa Parrish is even being considered without some kind of objective evidence it is needed. Bite data remains the same, despite the observation that pit bulls “have become a lot more popular.” No evidence has been produced as to the number of pit bulls, nor any evidence that pit bulls have been involved in bites more than any other breed. And, of course, there has been nothing shown that indicates pit bull bites have been more severe than any other type of dog.
Please send objective, polite, and respectful communication to the Council members below to let then know you are against this potential pit bull regulation.

Hon. Trent Forrest
19334 Hwy 38
Kentwood, LA 70444
(M) 985-514-1955
Hon. Ronnie Bankston
43229 Sweetpea Lane
Hammond, LA 70401
(O) 225-567-2350/985-320-6159
Hon. Greg Varnado
59467 Dummyline Rd.
Amite, LA 70422
(O) 985-748-9320
Hon. Lionel Wells – Chairman
1700 Mooney Avenue
Hammond, LA 70403
Hon. Louis Nick Joseph
279 Highway 40 West
Independence, LA 70443
Hon. David Vial
47162 Oak Creek Trace
Hammond, LA 70403
(M) 985-974-0570
Hon. Carlo S. Bruno
P.O. Box 1274
Independence, LA 70443
Hon. Harry Lavine
21145 Esterbrook Rd.
Ponchatoula, LA 70454
(M) 985-222-5325
Hon. Nicky Muscarello, Sr.
105 Abingdon Way
Hammond, LA 70401
Hon. Bobby Cortez
42102 Jefferson Drive
Hammond, LA 70403
(O) 985-542-1581
Kristen Pecararo
P. O. Box 215
Amite, LA 70422
(O) 985-748-3211/748-7041

Filed under: BSL, BSL Proposed, Louisiana