An annual event that has been going on since 1996 is creating a storm of controversy this year after people found online videos of it and animal rights group PETA featured it on their website.Full Story >
Wednesday, May 22 2013 8:06 AM EDT2013-05-22 12:06:35 GMT
A suspect in a wild police chase in Reading earlier this month is arrested after a chase in Warren County. The Warren County chase started near Little Miami High School around 11:30 Tuesday night whenFull Story >
A suspect in a wild police chase in Reading earlier this month is arrested after a chase in Warren County.Full Story >
Wednesday, May 22 2013 8:02 AM EDT2013-05-22 12:02:03 GMT
Bounce TV announced its first-ever slate of upfront programming plans, including original new scripted and non-scripted series, series renewals, the return to broadcast television of one of the most-popularFull Story >
Bounce TV announced its first-ever slate of upfront programming plans, including original new scripted and non-scripted series, series renewals, the return to broadcast television of one of the most-popular game shows in history, an exclusive new college sports rights deal and more theatrical motion pictures for its impressive library.Full Story >
Wednesday, May 22 2013 7:16 AM EDT2013-05-22 11:16:10 GMT
A big clean up is underway at Amelia High School following a prank. Several trees were toilet papered and the sign in front of the school was also changed. No word on any suspects in the prankFull Story >
No word on any suspects in the prank or if the school system plans to punish those responsible.Full Story >
Wednesday, May 22 2013 7:02 AM EDT2013-05-22 11:02:50 GMT
Three people escaped an overnight fire in Price Hill. It happened in the 700 block of Mt. Hope Avenue around 11:30 Tuesday night. When fire crews arrived, there was heavy fire in the back of the twoFull Story >
Fire crews knocked the fire down in 20 minutes. They stayed on scene for another 40 minutes putting our hot spots.Full Story >
Wednesday, May 22 2013 7:00 AM EDT2013-05-22 11:00:21 GMT
From thousands of miles away, pilots here in the U.S. fly drones on missions overseas every day. Air Force researchers at Wright Patterson Air Force Base are now studying whether they can get drone operatorsFull Story >
From thousands of miles away, pilots here in the U.S. fly drones on missions overseas every day. Air Force researchers at Wright Patterson Air Force Base are now studying whether they can get drone operators to fly five or six at a time, they tell FOX19 exclusively.Full Story >
RISING SUN, IN (FOX19) -
A year long investigation by animal rights advocates into an event known as Snapperfest has caused organizers to stop using live turtles in their campground festivities.
The Indiana Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced on Thursday that turtles at the annual Rising Sun event where contestants pull the heads of live turtles far outside of their shells, will not take place this summer.
In an August 1 email to the Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF), the DNR stated:
"We have information from the owners of the campground that the portion of the event using live animals, namely turtles, will not be taking place this year. However, we will continue to monitor the situation. If you have any first-hand knowledge that laws are being broken or about to be broken involving turtles at this event, please share it with us so that it can be checked for compliance with the regulations."
This past January, ALDF, along with Best Friends Animal Society, submitted a petition for rulemaking to the DNR, arguing that a misinterpretation of state law had allowed for illegal cruelty at Snapperfest.
Following ALDF's petition for rulemaking, the DNR asserted that the state cruelty law does in fact apply. The annual event that has been going on since 1996 created a storm of controversy last year after people found online videos of a man slamming a turtle onto a mat on the ground, grabbing its head, stretching its neck, standing up and doing a near-360 degree spin with it, apparently kiss it on the nose.
That particular video has since been deleted.
"Since it began in 1996, Snapperfest has been a shame on the state of Indiana, and compassionate citizens from around the world have been up-in-arms about this pathetic event since undercover video of participants abusing turtles for a cheap thrill came to light," says ALDF director of litigation Carter Dillard. "We're hopeful the campground makes good on its word to the state of Indiana to leave live turtles out of any summer events this year--and we will look to the state to take swift action against acting in violation of animal protection laws."
Campground owner Tim Sizemore told FOX19 before last year's event that "the biggest danger in the event is to the men's fingers, and that while so far no finger parts have been lost, a few contestants have needed stitches."
Sizemore also claimed no turtles were harmed during the event.
To see the You Tube video of last year's event click here. WARNING: VIDEO MIGHT BE OFFENSIVE TO SOME VIEWERS.
Tuesday, May 21 2013 10:31 PM EDT2013-05-22 02:31:55 GMT
The claim that the ongoing IRS scandal is limited to low level employees is falling apart. The six Cincinnati workers we have identified, who sent scrutinizing letters to conservative groups with wordsFull Story >
The claim that the ongoing IRS scandal is limited to low level employees is falling apart. Full Story >
Monday, May 20 2013 5:09 PM EDT2013-05-20 21:09:30 GMT
A Warren County government office is evacuated after a suspicious powder is found. The Health and Human Services Center building on East Street in Lebanon was evacuated just after 11:00 on Monday. PoliceFull Story >
Police say that HAZMAT crews and the FBI were called to investigate the powder. The FBI has since left. Full Story >
Monday, May 20 2013 9:15 PM EDT2013-05-21 01:15:38 GMT
A massive tornado touched down to the southwest of Oklahoma City Monday afternoon. Starting out as a classic funnel it quickly became a giant half-mile wide wedge tornado as it proceeded east north eastFull Story >
A massive tornado touched down to the southwest of Oklahoma City Monday afternoon.Full Story >
Tuesday, May 21 2013 12:50 PM EDT2013-05-21 16:50:22 GMT
MOORE, OK (RNN) – In one of the few positive stories to come from the deadly tornadoes in Oklahoma, an elderly woman was reunited with a four-legged friend she thought was dead. Barbara Garcia, a residentFull Story >
Elderly resident Barbara Garcia frantically called for her dog after the tornado had leveled her house, but with no success.Full Story >
Monday, May 6 2013 1:29 PM EDT2013-05-06 17:29:07 GMT
A man charged with public indecency is expected to appear in court. Police say 36-year-old Jason Fletcher and Laura Oditt engaged in sexual conduct in a public place. The location is not named in courtFull Story >
A man charged with public indecency is expected to appear in court.Full Story >
Tuesday, May 21 2013 1:21 AM EDT2013-05-21 05:21:10 GMT
An antibiotic so popular many people know it by name has some unpopular attention from the federal government. The Food and Drug Administration has said that this could be a matter of life and death forFull Story >
An antibiotic so popular many people know it by name has some unpopular attention from the federal government. The Food and Drug Administration has said that this could be a matter of life and death for some patients who use azithromycin, which is also known as Zithromax or Z-pack.Full Story >
Tuesday, May 21 2013 8:41 PM EDT2013-05-22 00:41:37 GMT
EF5 tornadoes are a very rare occurrence in U.S. History. Before Monday's EF5 tornado in Oklahoma, there had only been 58 in the United States since 1950, when reliable records began. That number isFull Story >
EF5 tornadoes are a very rare occurrence in U.S. History.Full Story >
Tuesday, May 21 2013 7:16 PM EDT2013-05-21 23:16:48 GMT
MOORE, OK - The Oklahoma County Sheriff's office tweeted a photo of a frightened, muddy dog Monday after the deadly EF-5 tornado ripped through the town.The comment accompanying the photo said, "scared,Full Story >
A heartbreaking photo of a little dog guarding the body of his owner, who was killed in the Moore, OK, tornado, is going viral.Full Story >
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