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...
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.
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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.
Stella McCartney embraces roots, advises animal activists
PARIS (AP) — An on-form Stella McCartney presented her first Paris Fashion Week collection since taking full control of her eponymous design house this year by buying the 50 percent stake owned by luxury giant Kering.
The British-American designer used her new independence to go back to her artistic roots on the runway Monday and spoke to The Associated Press about animal rights in the industry and fashion's fledgling steps to go fur-free.
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Group files appeal in bid free elephants from petting zoo
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — An animal rights group trying to free three elephants from a Connecticut-based petting zoo is appealing a court ruling that denied its request to grant the animals "personhood."
The Connecticut Law Tribune reports the Nonhuman Rights Project filed the appeal last Monday with the Connecticut Appellate Court.
Oregon judge won’t let animals sue
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A judge has tossed a lawsuit filed by animal rights activists in the name of a once-neglected horse, finding that animals don't have a right to sue.
The Oregonian/OregonLive reports in doing so, Washington County Pro Tem Judge John Knowles on Monday refused to become the first judge in the nation to grant a non-human legal standing to sue.
Activists urge Lithuania to ban wild animals in circuses
VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) — Animal rights activists have staged a demonstration in front of Lithuania's parliament to demand a ban on using wild animals in circuses after the reported death of a 6-month-old bear cub.
The demonstrators carried a tiny coffin during a symbolic funeral on Sunday for the cub. Lithuanian news media have reported the bear died in captivity at a local circus during the summer.
Several dozen participants brought teddy bears to the rally.
Animal rights group wants Creighton University to be fined
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — An animal rights watchdog group wants regulators to fine Creighton University for problems in one of its animal research projects.
Ohio-based Stop Animal Exploitation Now said Wednesday that it had filed a formal complaint with the U.S. Department of Agriculture asking for the maximum fine of $10,000 per violation to be imposed.
University of Missouri to go to trial in open records case
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — A judge has ruled that a case against the University of Missouri regarding its open records practices will go to trial.
Circuit Judge Jeff Harris on Friday rejected the university's request to end the 2016 lawsuit filed by Animal Rescue Media Education, The Columbia Daily Tribune reported .
Lawsuit against university over open records to go to trial
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — A judge has ruled that a lawsuit filed by an animal rights group against the University of Missouri over the cost of receiving public records could go to trial.
Charges dropped against 3 animal rights protesters
ELIZABETHTOWN, N.C. (AP) — Attorneys say charges have been dropped against three animal rights activists arrested during a protest at Smithfield Foods' hog processing plant in eastern North Carolina.
Attorneys said Friday that the charges were dropped Thursday against three people who faced misdemeanor charges of impeding traffic and failure to disperse. The charges stemmed from a demonstration Feb. 1 at Smithfield's plant in Tar Heel in Bladen County.
Maine denies animal rights group’s lobster memorial request
BRUNSWICK, Maine (AP) — Maine state officials are rejecting a proposal by an animal rights group to build a "roadside memorial" in Maine near the site of a truck crash that spilled 7,000 pounds of live lobster.
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals asked the Maine Department of Transportation for permission to build a tombstone on Route 1 in Brunswick, asking drivers to "Try Vegan."
APNewsBreak: Alaska Natives believed whale hunt was legal
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Indigenous hunters in Alaska initially believed they were legally hunting a beluga whale when they unlawfully killed a protected gray whale with harpoons and guns after the massive animal strayed into a river last year, a federal investigative report said.
After the shooting began, the hunters then believed the whale to be a bowhead, according to the report released to The Associated Press last week through a public records request.
PETA calls for end to pony swim after fairgrounds death
CHINCOTEAGUE, Va. (AP) — The animal rights group PETA wants the annual Chincoteague Pony Swim to end after one of the ponies died at the Virginia carnival grounds.
News outlets report PETA has asked the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company to cancel the annual event and auction, with associate director Ashley Byrne calling it "animal abuse."
MACAU (AP) — Dog races were held here in Macau for half a century, up to five nights a week — a constant in this former Portuguese colony even as high-stakes casinos and concert venues sprouted up to offer newer, glitzier entertainment options.
Development and changing tastes have finally caught up with the Yat Yuen Canidrome Club, whose closure this month means the end of a controversial fixture in Macau — and of legal, regulated dog racing in Asia.
BEIJING (AP) — Macau authorities took in more than 500 greyhounds abandoned following the closure Saturday of Asia's only legal dog-racing track.
The former Portuguese territory has been the only place in China where dog racing is legal. However, betting on dog races at Macau's Canidrome — a tradition of more than 50 years — soured after animal rights groups accused the stadium of mistreating the dogs and euthanizing ones that underperformed on the track. It was ordered closed on Saturday.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — An animal rights group plans to protest outside the northern Utah amusement park Lagoon this weekend in response to the death of an elk at the park's zoo.
The Utah Animal Rights Coalition said it wants the park to relocate their wild animals to accredited sanctuaries following a U.S. Department of Agriculture report showing an elk had to be euthanized after it crawled through a gap in an enclosure fence and was injured by a bison cow.
CHICAGO (AP) — An animal rights organization has filed a lawsuit against Brookfield Zoo located outside Chicago in a search for documents that could shed light on the 2015 deaths of 54 stingrays.
Court records show People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals since 2016 has been asking the Cook County Forest Preserve District to turn over documents detailing events leading to the stingray deaths. PETA says the county hasn't responded to the request, prompting last week's lawsuit.
PAMPLONA, Spain (AP) — The topics of sexual abuse and animal cruelty are dominating this year's San Fermin festival in Pamplona, which kicks off Friday for nine days and eight nights of round-the-clock alcohol-soaked partying, traditional celebrations and dangerous bull runs.