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  • Thu, April 30, 2020 3:19 PM | Sue Gallup (Administrator)

    From the desk of Vanessa Gagne:

    April 30, 2020


    Many states are beginning to open up gradually and allow customers in businesses at reduced capacity. 

    Chicago has decided to ban horse drawn carriages beginning in 2021
    Aldermen Vote To Ban Horse-Drawn Carriages Starting In 2021

    A new bill in Pennsylvania seeks to further define big cat ownership and licensure in the state. 
    House Bill 2450 Introduced on April 27th and amends Title 34 of the PA Consolidated Statues


    Agricultural practices isn't to blame for coronavirus outbreak

    Reindeer Farm welcomes new calves, plans to reopen to the public

    Board Votes To Cancel 2020 California State Fair Over Coronavirus

    Plan to move beluga whales from Canada to U.S. aquarium sparks controversy

    Irresponsible behavior by animal rights activists in the midst of a global health crisis

  • Thu, April 30, 2020 1:13 PM | Sue Gallup (Administrator)

    New Jersey & Florida Carnivals Open Drive-Thru Sites

    Where Can You Experience a Drive-Thru Carnival in South Jersey?

    Skelly's AmusementsThe sweetness of kettle corn and funnel cakes wafting from chromed and neon-lit food trailers. Skelly's Amusements in Williamstown is curing that food craving, even if all spring and early summer carnivals are canceled as the nation navigates the COVID-19 crisis. Drive up to the amusement company's Route 322-Glassboro Road headquarters and drive off with one of your flair favorites: fried Oreos, funnel cake, soft-serve or popcorn. 
    Read complete article in Cherry Hill Courier-Post here

    Fairs Are Canceled, But Riverview Drive-thru
    Still Serves Up the Food and Fun

     The scene as cars order in the drive thru at Taste of the Fair at 11347 US-301 on the site of a produce market at the corner of U.S 301 and Symmes Road on Monday, April 27, 2020 in Riverview. [DIRK SHADD | Times]

    For the last four weeks Matthew Lauther and a group of 15 friends, family members and employees have brought the whimsy of carnival life to a mini-midway of concession stands they’ve dubbed, “Taste of the Fair to Go."   
    Complete article and photos from Tampa Bay Times here

  • Tue, April 28, 2020 10:31 AM | Sue Gallup (Administrator)
    U.S. On-Highway Diesel Fuel Prices*
    full history XLS
    Change from
    04/13/20 04/20/20 04/27/20 week ago year ago
    U.S. 2.507 2.480 2.437 -0.043 -0.732
    East Coast (PADD1) 2.599 2.576 2.545 -0.031 -0.649
    New England (PADD1A) 2.715 2.709 2.677 -0.032 -0.559
    Central Atlantic (PADD1B) 2.782 2.747 2.711 -0.036 -0.674
    Lower Atlantic (PADD1C) 2.450 2.434 2.406 -0.028 -0.651
    Midwest (PADD2) 2.353 2.326 2.287 -0.039 -0.771
    Gulf Coast (PADD3) 2.289 2.272 2.208 -0.064 -0.731
    Rocky Mountain (PADD4) 2.497 2.471 2.434 -0.037 -0.749
    West Coast (PADD5) 3.028 2.974 2.934 -0.040 -0.796
    West Coast less California 2.695 2.640 2.593 -0.047 -0.753
    California 3.302 3.248 3.214 -0.034 -0.821
    *prices include all taxes
  • Thu, April 23, 2020 4:38 PM | Sue Gallup (Administrator)

    From the desk of Vanessa Gagne:

    April 23, 2020


    Please help oppose a horse drawn carriage ban in Chicago:
    Ordinance O2019-4125
    The hearing is tomorrow morning, Friday, April 24. Written statements will be accepted from 8-9 AM Central Time. They will be passed on to the aldermen and then retained as public record by the city clerk
    Please use the following email to submit your written testimony
    Thank you, Protect the Harvest for the information. More details can be found here


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    Seven more big cats at Bronx Zoo test positive for coronavirus

    Coronavirus may be too much of a challenge for MN State Fair

    US pork farmers panic as virus ruins hopes for great year

    Last minute amendment could mean more oversight for controversial dog breeding facility          

    A zoo without visitors: Animal care goes on as revenue dries up amid coronavirus crisis

  • Thu, April 23, 2020 2:23 PM | Sue Gallup (Administrator)
    U.S. On-Highway Diesel Fuel Prices*
    (dollars per gallon) full history XLS
    Change from
    04/06/20 04/13/20 04/20/20 week ago year ago
    U.S. 2.548 2.507 2.480 -0.027 -0.667
    East Coast (PADD1) 2.634 2.599 2.576 -0.023 -0.598
    New England (PADD1A) 2.745 2.715 2.709 -0.006 -0.508
    Central Atlantic (PADD1B) 2.827 2.782 2.747 -0.035 -0.623
    Lower Atlantic (PADD1C) 2.480 2.450 2.434 -0.016 -0.599
    Midwest (PADD2) 2.394 2.353 2.326 -0.027 -0.716
    Gulf Coast (PADD3) 2.325 2.289 2.272 -0.017 -0.645
    Rocky Mountain (PADD4) 2.541 2.497 2.471 -0.026 -0.672
    West Coast (PADD5) 3.090 3.028 2.974 -0.054 -0.722
    West Coast less California 2.754 2.695 2.640 -0.055 -0.669
    California 3.368 3.302 3.248 -0.054 -0.755
    *prices include all taxes
  • Thu, April 16, 2020 10:58 PM | Sue Gallup (Administrator)

    The global association for the attractions industry seeks critical changes to the CARES Act to ensure businesses are ready for the recovery

    IAAPA Press Release
    Tuesday, April 14, 2020


    ORLANDO, Fla. (April 14, 2020) - The attractions industry is known for providing safe, memorable experiences to millions of guests each year.  As the world deals with the unprecedented effects of the global coronavirus crisis, the attractions industry is facing an uncertain future. 

    IAAPA, the global association for the attractions industry, has submitted critical policy requests to Congress to help ensure the attractions industry and its more than 700,000 U.  S.-based employees are considered.  In addition, the attractions industry is an economic engine supporting many related businesses and industries including hotels, airlines, restaurants, construction, and more.

    "The CARES Act is an important step in the right direction to help America successfully emerge from this global crisis," said IAAPA President and CEO Hal McEvoy. "Now, work must be done quickly to ensure critical changes and additional support are earmarked to ensure attractions industry needs are met.

       Read full article here

  • Thu, April 16, 2020 8:01 PM | Sue Gallup (Administrator)

    From the desk of Vanessa Gagne:

    April 16, 2020


    SeaWorld shares are under $10 a share.  Buy some up and help out the largest known private facility to save and rehabilitate ocean wildlife in North America.

    There is a news article floating around about zoos in Europe having to feed surplus hoofed stock to the carnivores in their collection due to lack of funds from ticket sales.  This is actually standard practice for some zoos in those countries for several reasons:  It saves money, it allows for natural feeding behaviors (the animals are still humanely euthanized beforehand), it provides scientific benefits to school children who learn about the circle of life and about anatomy through dissection.  Just another headline trying to rile folks up in an already tumultuous time. 


    U.S. Zoos, Trapped by Coronavirus, Seek Federal Loans
    (Paywall, WSJ)

    Farmers are forced to let crops rot and throw away milk while food bank demand soars

    Utica Zoo acquires wildlife sanctuary

    Chicago goatherds, shepherds and duck owners wary of new push to regulate livestock after death of horse

    Meat production threatened with disruption; shortages expected

    Don’t be fooled by animal rights groups: COVID-19 has nothing to do with animal agriculture

    Westchester bans wild and exotic animals from circuses
    This had been fought against by people on our side for quite some time.  Due to coronavirus worries, the public in person hearing was cancelled and all accounts had to be phoned in during a certain time, which was changed at the last minute the Friday before the hearing.  It is all too common for this to be the case when our side tries to offer any opposition to a city council or board of commissioners who have already made up their minds.  
  • Thu, April 16, 2020 12:03 PM | Sue Gallup (Administrator)

    by Giverny Masso - Apr 15, 2020

    Circuses are offering their tents and equipment to help build emergency hospitals in the fight against the coronavirus. 
    John Haze, who runs the Circus of Horrors, Circus Extreme and Continental Circus Berlin, said that his three companies as well as other members of the Association of Circus Proprietors have come forward to offer their equipment where needed. 
    Haze has approached his local MP and the Crown Commercial Service with the offer of help. 
    A press statement from the Association of Circus Proprietors, of which there are 20 members, said that circuses could be repurposed into field hospitals because they are “like mobile villages used to moving quickly from city to city” with mobile accommodation, generators, lighting, dressing rooms and toilet and shower units.  
    As well as the Circus of Horrors, Circus Extreme and Circus Berlin, other circuses offering to help include Planet Circus, Zippos Circus, Circus Fantasia and Cirque Berserk.
    Haze told The Stage: “The way I looked at it is in the big cities, you’ve got all these big arenas, like the Excel Centre in London and the NEC Birmingham, but in the smaller rural places they haven’t got that facility, and this is where we might be able to help.
    “Because we can do it as a whole unit, and get a circus tent there with generators and living accommodation, you could quite quickly erect a structure for them that would be ready to go.”
    He added: “The stuff is sat there not being used anyway so if we can find a use for it that helps the country then we’d be glad to do that.”
    MPs or health services in need of equipment are advised to contact Haze via email: John@euevents.co.uk

  • Thu, April 16, 2020 11:32 AM | Sue Gallup (Administrator)
    U.S. On-Highway Diesel Fuel Prices*
    (dollars per gallon) full history XLS
    Change from
    03/30/20 04/06/20 04/13/20 week ago year ago
    U.S. 2.586 2.548 2.507 -0.041 -0.611
    East Coast (PADD1) 2.671 2.634 2.599 -0.035 -0.554
    New England (PADD1A) 2.793 2.745 2.715 -0.030 -0.490
    Central Atlantic (PADD1B) 2.866 2.827 2.782 -0.045 -0.560
    Lower Atlantic (PADD1C) 2.514 2.480 2.450 -0.030 -0.565
    Midwest (PADD2) 2.432 2.394 2.353 -0.041 -0.657
    Gulf Coast (PADD3) 2.363 2.325 2.289 -0.036 -0.610
    Rocky Mountain (PADD4) 2.592 2.541 2.497 -0.044 -0.585
    West Coast (PADD5) 3.126 3.090 3.028 -0.062 -0.623
    West Coast less California 2.798 2.754 2.695 -0.059 -0.557
    California 3.395 3.368 3.302 -0.066 -0.665
    *prices include all taxes


  • Tue, April 07, 2020 9:43 AM | Sue Gallup (Administrator)
    U.S. On-Highway Diesel Fuel Prices*
    (dollars per gallon) full history XLS
    Change from
    03/23/20 03/30/20 04/06/20 week ago year ago
    U.S. 2.659 2.586 2.548 -0.038 -0.545
    East Coast (PADD1) 2.724 2.671 2.634 -0.037 -0.503
    New England (PADD1A) 2.849 2.793 2.745 -0.048 -0.448
    Central Atlantic (PADD1B) 2.911 2.866 2.827 -0.039 -0.497
    Lower Atlantic (PADD1C) 2.573 2.514 2.480 -0.034 -0.518
    Midwest (PADD2) 2.499 2.432 2.394 -0.038 -0.599
    Gulf Coast (PADD3) 2.438 2.363 2.325 -0.038 -0.554
    Rocky Mountain (PADD4) 2.680 2.592 2.541 -0.051 -0.487
    West Coast (PADD5) 3.248 3.126 3.090 -0.036 -0.501
    West Coast less California 2.879 2.798 2.754 -0.044 -0.435
    California 3.552 3.395 3.368 -0.027 -0.542
    *prices include all taxes


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