A round-up of VT editors’ favorite newsworthy links.
After an 18-month campaign spearheaded by animal rights groups, New Zealand bans the testing of recreational "legal high" drugs on animals—concluding that the tests are cruel and unnecessary. [One Green Planet]
Dog fighting to be banned in Costa Rica! (It's technically already illegal—but not enforced—in the country.) If the new bill goes into law, offenders found guilty could face three years in prison and be required to register on an offenders' list. [Ecorazzi]
Awesome: a Kentucky artist is painting each of the 51 pit bulls rescued from football player Michael Vick's dog fighting operation, which was busted in 2007. [Huffington Post]