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Animal rights activists want Tampa Bay Rays to free their captive fish listen

07/11/13 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is asking the Tampa Bay Rays to release all of the fish in a center field touch tank at Tropicana Field.

Late last month Miguel Cabrera from the Detroit Tigers hit a home run that landed in the Rays touch tank. Even though no rays were harmed by that strike by last year’s AL Most Valuable Player nor another that happened years earlier, PETA sent a [letter][1] W...

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PETA doesn't want kids to be hookers ... of fish listen

06/14/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Two members of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, or PETA, are traveling the state this week asking families not to go fishing for Father’s Day. Standing just feet from St. Petersburg’s Pier, one dressed as a fish and the other passed out flyers outlining why fishing hurts fish.

The organization is calling it the [“Don’t let your kids become hookers”](http://www.peta.org/mediacenter/news-releases/PETA-s-New-Fish-Campaign-in-St-Petersburg-Aimed-at-Parents---Don-t-Let-Ki...

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Animal rights activists protest opening of Ringling Circus in Tampa listen

01/05/12 Kelly Benjamin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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The Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey Circus opened its multi-day run at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in downtown Tampa last night. But around 30 protesters gathered to voice discontent with the way animals are treated by the circus.

Organized by the group Animal Advocacy of Tampa Bay, the circus protest targeted the way trained animals, particularly elephants, are treated by the circus that bills itself as "The Greatest Show on Earth." Lane Giordano was one protester who braved the cold. As...

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Anti-tethering ordinance ready for a Hillsborough County vote listen

07/28/11 Joshua Lee Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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A new ordinance is coming before the Hillsborough County Commission that would make it illegal to chain up dogs outside for long periods of time. After more than a year of consideration, the Hillsborough Animal Advisory Board voted to forward an anti-tethering ordinance to the commissioners for a vote.

Last night, animal rights activists held signs in front of the County...

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PETA “chicks” in bikinis protest Tampa McDonald's for chain’s chicken cruelty listen

04/29/11 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Why were two slender young women wearing yellow bikinis and waving at traffic in front of a McDonald’s on 50th street in Tampa this morning? The activists from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, or PETA, were drawing attention to what they say are inhumane chicken-killing practices in the slaughterhouses of McDonald’s suppliers.

Arthur Andrews from Tampa was passing by and says the information he learned from the PETA spokespeople will keep him away from eating at McDonald's...

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PETA says farm photography bill would criminalize those calling attention to animal abuse listen

04/06/11 Lenka Davis
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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One controversial bill moving through the Florida Legislature would make people criminals if they photograph or video tape farms without permission. Animal rights groups are concerned the bill will target activists trying to document cruelty. Last night, the senior vice president for PETA, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, spoke at the University of South Florida in Tampa. WMNF reporter Lenka Davis interviewed Matthews about the farm photography bill.

Senate Bill 1246, filed by ...

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PETA's sexy pilgrims fight turkey murder listen

11/16/10 Kelly Benjamin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Today in downtown Tampa, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals passed out free vegan turkeys to passers by in hopes of promoting a meatless Thanksgiving.

Two young women dressed as sexy pilgrims caught the eyes of Tampa's downtown business crowd as they handed out free "Tofurky" meatless turkey roasts at lunch time. Virginia Fort is with People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).

"We're out here handing out delicious Tofurky roasts as an alternati...

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PETA activist bares skin to help stop snake skinning listen

01/08/10 Joshua Lee Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Cold weather in Tampa has some people bundling up in fur and leather coats for warmth. But not animal rights activists like People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals ( PETA). In downtown Tampa a nearly-nude PETA model painted to look like a python protested the killing of exotic animals for their skins, hides, and furs.

Out in the cold, and drizzled with raindrops, a woman showed some skin to passing bystanders in bustling downtown Tampa to help save the skins of ...

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PETA protests against teacher charged with animal abuse listen

11/13/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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The U.S. Department of Agriculture says they'll look into complaints by PETA about how animals are treated at University of Utah research facilities.

An operative for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals spent eight months working undercover in the Utah labs and documented harmful conditions and neglected animals.

University of Utah officials say they will also investigate PETA’s allegations but they stress their researchers have always met animal care standards.

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PETA offers help for Friendship Trail Bridge, if fishing is banned listen

07/29/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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The animal rights activist group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), today wrote a letter to Friendship Trail Bridge Chair Frank Miller. The group says they will help pay for the restoration of the now closed off bridge, if officials agree to ban fishing off of it.

The bridge that runs between Hillsborough & Pinellas Counties, next to Gandy Bridge, has been closed since last Christmas.

The park has been used for years by runners, cyclists, in-line skaters, fishermen, ...

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