Several high-profile incidents of police officers shooting dogs in recent weeks have communities talking about safety and dealing with potentially dangerous animals, but in hundreds of American cities, certain "dangerous dogs" are already restricted or banned.
Breed-specific ordinances range from bans on pitt bulls alone, to a declaration of many breeds as "vicious" or "dangerous." Some states have no cities with restrictions. Iowa, where a man was attacked by two pitt bulls last week, has 81 cities with some form of breed-specific ordinance — more than in any other state.
Meanwhile in California, where video of police officers shooting a Rottweiler while his owner looked on went viral last week, there are only a handful of local ordinances, and none in Hawthorne, Calif., where the incident occurred.
Fungus threatens global banana supply
A new article in Nature brings the alarming news that the fungus threatening the global banana supply - or at least what most Americans think of as bananas - is spreading to more counties.Continued ...
Graze fights General Mills to become the Netflix of snacks
Americans may soon get their snacks the same way they rent movies.Continued ...
Graze.com, which has been selling personalized, mail-order boxes of snacks in Britain for five years, plans a major U.S. push in January, funded by its majority owner, private- equity firm Carlyle Group.
New York City Council approves plastic-foam container ban
Plastic-foam food and drink containers in New York are set to go the way of trans fats and smoking in bars as the City Council voted to ban them in the name of environmental responsibility.Continued ...
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