FAIR OAKS, Ind. (AP) — An animal rights group that infiltrated a popular Indiana dairy farm and captured disturbing undercover video that has led to animal cruelty charges against three former...
FAIR OAKS, Ind. (AP) — The Latest on an animal rights group's video of showing workers kicking and throwing young calves at an Indiana dairy farm (all times local):
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A California animal rights activist can be freed from jail without bail pending her next court date on felony charges for approaching Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos on a...
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Latest on the arrest of a protester who approached Amazon CEO and founder Jeff Bezos on stage at a conference in Las Vegas (all times local):
FAIR OAKS, Ind. (AP) — An animal rights group has released a longer video showing workers kicking and throwing young calves at a northwestern Indiana dairy farm that's an agritourism...
FAIR OAKS, Ind. (AP) — Video exposing alleged animal abuse at a famous northwestern Indiana dairy farm is politically motivated, said an Indiana lawmaker who drafted legislation in 2013 that would...
FAIR OAKS, Ind. (AP) — Retailers began pulling Fairlife products from their shelves Wednesday as police investigated alleged animal abuse after an animal rights group released graphic video...
FAIR OAKS, Ind. (AP) — The Latest on an animal rights group's video of showing workers kicking and throwing young calves at an Indiana dairy farm. (all times local):
PETALUMA, Calif. (AP) — Nearly 100 animal rights protesters have been arrested during a demonstration at a Northern California duck farm.
The Sonoma County Sheriff's Office says the arrests,...
BOSTON (AP) — A plan to develop an acoustic system to chase away seals in order to prevent shark attacks is the latest front in the debate about how Cape Cod should respond in the wake of last...
TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — A federal judge has denied a motion to dismiss an animal mistreatment lawsuit against a Washington state wildlife farm, handing an initial victory to animal rights activists,...
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Animal rights activists in Barcelona are celebrating a victory after the Spanish city ordered its municipal zoo to restrict the reproduction of captive animals unless their...
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The California Senate has voted to let pet owners volunteer their animals to donate blood.
Currently California only allows pet blood transfusions from blood banks...
Doris Day, the sunny blond actress and singer whose frothy comedic roles opposite the likes of Rock Hudson and Cary Grant made her one of Hollywood's biggest stars in the 1950s and '60s and a...
BEIJING (AP) — Animal rights groups on Saturday cheered the release of 37 spotted seal pups rescued from traffickers into the wild in northern China in a small victory for efforts to save the...
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — An animal rights group is asking South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem to reconsider her decision to blow off fireworks at Mount Rushmore for the Fourth of July celebration in...
Animal rights groups sue Iowa over its latest ag-gag law
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Animal rights groups filed a federal lawsuit Monday challenging a new Iowa law that makes it a trespass crime to conduct undercover investigations at livestock farms, a...
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Court to hear arguments in elephants’ rights case
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut appeals court is set to hear arguments in the case of an animal rights group that is trying to free three elephants from a petting zoo by winning them the...
Santa Anita to continue racing despite protests
ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) — Santa Anita will continue racing through the end of the current meet on June 23, despite objections from animal rights activists who urged the California Horse Racing Board...
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A federal judge has awarded more than $181,000 in legal fees to seven lawyers who successfully fought a 2012 Iowa law that made it illegal to get a job at a livestock farm...
SEATTLE (AP) — Federal officials are supporting a decadeslong request by a Native American tribe in Washington state to resume what would be the only authorized whale hunts in the mainland U.S., a...
Animal rights group files complaint against OSU
CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — An Ohio-based animal rights group has filed a complaint against Oregon State University with the U.S. Department of Agriculture over seven animal deaths.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An attorney for the animal rights organization People for the Ethical Treatment of Animal was the first defense witness for a former Oklahoma zookeeper and gubernatorial...
EREZ CROSSING, Gaza Strip (AP) — An ailing parrot in the blockaded Gaza Strip received treatment Tuesday from an Israeli animal rights group after its Palestinian owner appealed for help via...
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Latest on the death of a dog that participated in the Iditarod race (all times local):
County explores search warrants for animal control staff
IONIA, Mich. (AP) — An animal control official in western Michigan is objecting to a proposal that could require her staff to obtain a search warrant to investigate animal abuse.
Ohio hospital ends use of cats for airways procedure class
CINCINNATI (AP) — Cats will no longer be used by an Ohio children's hospital for teaching doctors a method of examining human airways and lungs.
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals had complained to Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center about practicing bronchoscopy procedure on cats.
Desert attraction temporarily closes after 4 dolphin deaths
PHOENIX (AP) — Dolphinaris Arizona opened in the metro Phoenix desert two years ago as marine parks elsewhere were scaling back exhibits amid criticism of the treatment of animals.
Animal rights advocates took aim at Dolphinaris as well, saying that putting dolphins in pools on tribal land in the desert was tantamount to animal cruelty.
Animal rights activists to rally for release of 3 elephants
WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — Animal rights activists are planning to gather outside Worcester's DCU Center to call for the release of three elephants held at a Connecticut-based petting zoo.
The Nonhuman Rights Project argues the wild-born elephants — Beulah, Karen, and Minnie — should be moved from the Commerford Zoo to a natural habitat sanctuary. The group is pursuing a lawsuit that would grant the animals "personhood."
A Connecticut judge has rejected the argument but the group is appealing.
Bill aims to ban wildlife killing contests in Oregon
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Animal rights activists have come out in support of a bill in the Oregon Legislature that would ban killing wildlife as part of a contest.
The Humane Society of the United States cited several such contests, including the Harney County Coyote Classic, in eastern Oregon. Five contests cited by the group involved killing coyotes, with the teams killing the most winning prizes. Rules of one contest stipulated that coyotes run over by a vehicle won't be counted.
30-year-old orca dies at SeaWorld’s Orlando park
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A 30-year-old orca died Monday at SeaWorld's Orlando park after a brief illness, company officials said.
A cause of death won't be known until a post-mortem examination is conducted, according to SeaWorld.
Kayla began showing signs of discomfort on Saturday, and veterinarians began treating her based on what they found from a physical exam. Her condition worsened on Sunday and she was given around-the-clock care until her death, park officials said.
Animal activist blast coyote hunting tournament
ALBEMARLE, N.C. (AP) — Animal rights activist are blasting a popular coyote tournament in North Carolina, saying the killing is tearing apart coyote families and creating orphans.
The Charlotte Observer reports the Carolina Coyote Classic is set to hold its sixth annual hunt in February in Stanly County, with cash prizes for the biggest kill and hunting teams that bring in the most dead coyotes.
Animal rights group condemns zoo’s use of elephant bullhooks
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A California-based animal rights group is criticizing Roger Williams Park Zoo's use of an elephant training tool known as a bullhook.
Michigan Legislature OKs bill to regulate dog sales
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan lawmakers have voted to regulate dog sales and restrict local bans on pet shops, advancing bills that are backed by the pet industry but opposed by animal rights activists.
One measure approved 23-14 in the Republican-controlled Senate Thursday would prohibit municipalities from "arbitrarily" banning pet shops. Another would let pet shops sell dogs only if they are obtained from a shelter, dog retailer or qualified breeder.
Dutch court clears the way for deer cull in nature reserve
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A Dutch court has given the go-ahead for a cull of hundreds of red deer in a nature reserve north of Amsterdam, in a wildlife management case that has sparked fierce opposition from animal rights activists.
Thursday's ruling clears the way for marksmen to begin shooting hundreds of deer in the Oostvaardersplassen, a wetland reserve created for wild birds but which also is home to hundreds of deer, horses and cattle.
Lawsuit: Kansas “Ag-Gag” law violates free speech rights
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas law banning secret filming at slaughterhouses and other livestock facilities unconstitutionally criminalizes free speech on matters of considerable public concern, a coalition of animal rights and consumer protection groups argued in a lawsuit filed Tuesday.
Idaho to pay $260,000 in legal fees in dairy spying lawsuit
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — An animal welfare group on Tuesday applauded a court ruling ordering the state of Idaho to pay $260,000 to attorneys for animal rights groups after federal courts said the state's law banning spying at farms, dairies and slaughterhouses violated free speech rights.
PETA honors Truckee police for compassion in bear cub rescue
RENO, Nev. (AP) — People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is recognizing a police force at Lake Tahoe for its compassionate treatment of a bear cub that was trapped in a garbage bin.
The national animal rights group presented Truckee, California police this week with the Compassionate Police Department Award after officers in the town just north of Lake Tahoe freed the cub on Nov. 16.
The young animal jumped out and ran up a hillside to its mother, who was waiting nearby.
‘Babe’ actor among animals rights protesters at Utah Capitol
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Actor James Cromwell was among animal rights protesters who held stiff carcasses of dead piglets as they demonstrated at the Utah Capitol, calling on state officials to prevent cruelty at farms and investigate health risks associated with large-scale agriculture.
The 100 people participating in the protest staged Tuesday by Direct Action Everywhere were greeted by Michael Mower, Gov. Gary Herbert's deputy chief of staff.
Animal rights activist guilty of throwing back caught fish
CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) — A Florida animal rights activist was found guilty of misdemeanor theft and fined $500 for throwing a fisherman's tilapia back into the water.
The Tampa Bay Times reports that Michael Leaming was found guilty in a non-jury trial Friday.
NY court allows Jewish religious chicken killing ritual
NEW YORK (AP) — An effort to stop the Jewish atonement tradition known as Kaporos, in which chickens are ritually slaughtered on the eve of Yom Kippur, has been defeated in a New York court.
An animal rights group, Alliance to end Chickens as Kaporos, claimed the practice violates New York health and animal cruelty laws and sued the New York Police Department in 2015 hoping to force them to enforce those laws.
Yupik the polar bear dies after 25 years in warm Mexican zoo
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Yupik the polar bear died after spending more than 25 years in a barren enclosure at a warm Mexican zoo, and activists said Wednesday the zoo had resisted efforts to transfer her to a more suitable climate.
The Benito Juarez zoo in the city of Morelia in western Mexico said Yupik died at 27. It said Yupik died of an aneurism and a ruptured aorta, and called the death "inevitable."
Bureau of Land Management ends plan to sterilize wild horses
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Court records show the U.S. Bureau of Land Management intends to scratch plans to spay wild horses in an effort to address overpopulation on Oregon public lands.
Oregon judge stops BLM from sterilizing wild horses
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A federal judge has halted the U.S. Bureau of Land Management's plans to remove the ovaries of wild horses to stop them from propagating in Oregon.
The Oregonian/OregonLive reports the horses from the Warm Springs Herd Management Area cannot be sterilized with the procedure until the outcome of a court case brought by animal rights groups.
Activists demand closure of Puerto Rico zoo after deaths
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Animal rights activists demanded Friday that Puerto Rico permanently close its only zoo and relocate all animals to sanctuaries following reports of deaths and improper care.
The California-based Animal Legal Defense Fund and local organizations accused the U.S. territory's government of violating the Animal Welfare Act and the Endangered Species Act at a zoo that held more than 300 species last year.
Nevada bear biologist gets protective order against activist
RENO, Nev. (AP) — A judge has issued a temporary protective order to keep a Lake Tahoe activist away from a state bear biologist who says the woman stalked her during a long-running dispute over the capture of nuisance bears.
Court documents describe a tense encounter on a highway between animal rights activist Carolyn Stark of Incline Village and Nevada Department of Wildlife biologist Heather Reich, the Reno Gazette-Journal reported.
California canine blood bank disputes PETA abuse claims
GARDEN GROVE, Calif. (AP) — The animal rights group PETA alleges dogs at one of the nation's largest canine blood banks are mistreated, but the non-profit that runs the Southern California facility says the retired racing greyhounds are well-cared for and save other dogs' lives.
Groups hope to stop animal sacrifice during biggest festival
KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Animal-rights campaigners are hoping this year's festival season in Nepal will be a little less bloody.
During the 15-day Dasain festival that began this week in the Himalayan country, families fly kites, host feasts and visit temples, where tens of thousands of goats, buffaloes, chickens and ducks are sacrificed to please the gods and goddesses as part of a practice that dates back centuries.