TIRANA, Albania (AP) — An international animal welfare group was locked in a dispute with the Albanian government Thursday over three lions that were removed from a private zoo but not been taken...
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.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa House has unanimously approved a bill that would increase the penalties for animal mistreatment.
The measure approved Thursday by a vote of 96-0 moves to the...
PARIS (AP) — The dolphins' bodies were horribly mutilated, the fins cut off.
But what shocked French marine researchers wasn't just the brutality of the deaths of these highly intelligent...
80 dogs removed from animal shelter in Florida Panhandle
NICEVILLE, Fla. (AP) — About 80 dogs were removed from a Florida Panhandle shelter, where authorities said the malnourished animals had been standing in filth.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Gov. Kim Reynolds has signed into law a bill designed to prosecute people who get hired at a farm in order to work undercover to report on animal living...
Wildlife safari pays $75K to settle USDA complaint
GENTRY, Ark. (AP) — The Wild Wilderness Drive-Through Safari in northwestern Arkansas has agreed to pay a $75,000 fine and plans to reopen this weekend after taking action to resolve a U.S....
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Just two months after a federal court judge struck down an Iowa law meant to discourage investigations of animal abuse on farms, lawmakers are pushing another so-called...
FARMINGTON, Maine (AP) — Authorities in Maine say there is an arrest warrant out for a woman who was sentenced to nearly a year in jail in an animal cruelty case and has not served it.
EU court rules halal meat cannot get organic label
PARIS (AP) — The European Union's top court has ruled that the EU organic food logo cannot be used on meat derived from animals that have been slaughtered in accordance with religious rites...
Advocates to gather at Harvard for annual Animal Law Week
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Animal law advocates from a variety of backgrounds are planning to gather at Harvard Law School this week for the school's fifth annual Animal Law Week.
USDA hunters kill dozens of deer in Long Island state parks
BABYLON, N.Y. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture says its hunters have killed nearly four dozen deer at state parks on Long Island because large herds are damaging the landscape.
City offers incentives to encourage pet registration
SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — Vermont animal welfare officials say they are looking to encourage pet registration with incentives.
Although April 1 is the deadline across much of the Vermont, people in many areas often skirt the rule. South Burlington's city clerk tells WCAX-TV that only 30 percent of dogs were registered last year and less than 10 percent of cats.
Iowa man pleads guilty after Chihuahua found in trash
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa man has pleaded guilty to animal neglect and abandonment after being accused of throwing a 2-year-old Chihuahua named Oscar into a trash bin.
Idaho pays $260,000 in legal fees in dairy spying lawsuit
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho officials have agreed to pay $260,000 to the attorneys for an animal welfare group following a federal court ruling that found the state's law banning spying at farms, dairies and slaughterhouses violated free speech rights.
The Idaho Press reports that the Constitutional Defense Council approved the payment to the Animal Legal Defense Fund on Wednesday.
After 105 animals seized, man banned from farming for life
SORRENTO, Maine (AP) — A Maine judge has banned a man from farming for life after authorities seized 105 animals from his farm.
Animal welfare officials say they found filthy conditions at Marc Calcia's farm in Sorrento. The Bangor Daily News reports officials seized 75 chickens, 10 ducks, 15 rabbits and five pigs and brought them to shelters.
Hunters, activists brace for spat over bear hunt bills
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Bear hunting is one of Maine's oldest traditions, and residents might be able to do more of it in the future — but not before some claws come out in the Maine State House.
- The News-TimesDanbury Ice Arena will no longer host animal circusesApril 18, 2019
- The Spokesman-ReviewAnimal shelters team up to address Spokane’s feral cat population thanks to $50K ASPCA grantApril 18, 2019
- The News-TimesDanbury circus draws protestsApril 5, 2019
- Aiken StandardGary Albrecht passes at age 86April 4, 2019
- The News-TimesRenovations needed: 3 people, 3 dogs and a bird share office at New Milford animal shelterMarch 19, 2019
Products made of threatened African wildlife sold at US expo
RENO, Nev. (AP) — Photos and video taken by animal welfare activists at a recent trophy hunting convention show an array of products crafted from the body parts of threatened big-game animals, including boots, chaps, belts and furniture labeled as elephant leather.
Panel OKs bill to restrict tethering animals
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A House committee Wednesday advanced a bill requiring Virginians who tether dogs outside to give the animals more room to move.
It was one of three animal welfare bills the House Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources sent to the full House of Delegates for consideration.
Maine’s bear hunt could see changes this year
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Legislators might consider changes to Maine's bear hunt in the coming year as the state grapples with a growing population of the animals.
Maine has more than 35,000 bears, an increase of more than 12,000 from the mid-2000s. Republican Sen. Paul Davis, of Piscataquis County, is submitting a bill that would give the state wildlife commissioner the ability to adjust the rules governing the state's bear hunting season and bag limits.
New Mexico land boss bans killing contests on trust land
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Land Commissioner Stephanie Garcia Richard said Thursday she won't allow coyote killing contests on millions of acres of land managed by her agency.
Federal judge strikes down Iowa law on undercover ag workers
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A federal judge on Wednesday struck down an Iowa law that made it illegal to get a job at a livestock farm to conduct an animal cruelty undercover investigation, finding the law violated the constitutional right to free speech.
Potbellied pig found beheaded, bound near Philadelphia park
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A potbellied pig was found bound and beheaded in a Philadelphia park and animal welfare officials are seeking the public's help.
A dog crate with the pig's remains was found Monday morning near Pennypack Park in northwest Philadelphia.
The Pennsylvania Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals says they were called to the scene by Philadelphia police.
Idaho group blasts acquittal in puppy-fed-to-turtle case
BLACKFOOT, Idaho (AP) — An Idaho animal welfare group is blasting the acquittal of an eastern Idaho teacher who was accused of feeding a live puppy to a snapping turtle in front of several students.
The Idaho Humane Society called the Franklin County jury's decision on Friday to find Robert Crosland not guilty of misdemeanor animal cruelty a "grievous error in judgment."
Animal advocates: Fatal zoo mauling shows need for crackdown
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The fatal mauling of a zoo intern by a lion that escaped from a locked pen illustrates the need for North Carolina regulators to crack down on unaccredited exhibitors of dangerous animals, animal welfare advocates said Monday.
UK bans pet shops from selling puppies and kittens
LONDON (AP) — Britain has banned third-party sales of puppies and kittens to protect the animals from exploitation.
The government says the new law will help crack down on "puppy farms" and make it harder for unscrupulous dealers who have little regard for animal welfare.
Animal Welfare Minister David Rutley said the ban "is part of our commitment to make sure the nation's much-loved pets get the right start in life."
- Globe Newswire47 Zoo Animals Escape War-Torn Gaza StripApril 8, 2019
- BusinessWireAGCO Focuses on Animal WelfareJanuary 17, 2019
- BusinessWireCalifornia State Fur Ban, AB 44, to Prohibit the Sale and Manufacture of Fur Products in California Introduced by Assembly Member Laura Friedman to California State AssemblyDecember 4, 2018
What makes chickens happy? Nobody is quite sure
NEW YORK (AP) — How do you measure a chicken's happiness? Is it in the way it runs for food? How much time it spends preening?
To size up what might make chickens happy in their brief lives, researchers at the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada, are putting 16 breeds through physical fitness and behavioral tests. They're watching how well birds scramble over a barrier for food, how skittish they seem and whether they play with a fake worm.
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.
Carcass of whale known as ‘Ladders’ washes ashore
TRURO, Mass. (AP) — The carcass of a 54-foot fin whale that was known to researchers for more than 30 years has washed up on a Massachusetts beach.
The Cape Cod Times reports Cotuit resident Anne Boucher discovered the carcass Wednesday night in Truro. Boucher contacted the International Fund for Animal Welfare which later confirmed it was the carcass of a fin whale nicknamed "Ladders."
Dog that attacked Oklahoma City students may be euthanized
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Animal welfare authorities say a dog that attacked a dozen students at an Oklahoma City elementary school could be euthanized over the weekend.
Officials said Wednesday they're seeking the owner of the pit bull mix that attacked students on the Fillmore Elementary School playground. Jon Gary with Animal Welfare says the dog is about a year old, has no tag and is not microchipped, but is likely not a stray.
Oklahoma City students suffer minor injuries in dog attack
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Officials in Oklahoma City say about a dozen children suffered minor injuries when a dog attacked them on an elementary school playground.
Authorities say about 28 students in the third and fourth grades as well as three teachers were on the playground at Fillmore Elementary School shortly before 1 p.m. Monday when a dog got loose and began attacking the children.
Farm animals may soon get new features through gene editing
OAKFIELD, N.Y. (AP) — Cows that can withstand hotter temperatures. Cows born without pesky horns. Pigs that never reach puberty.
A company wants to alter farm animals by adding and subtracting genetic traits in a lab. It sounds like science fiction, but Recombinetics sees opportunity for its technology in the livestock industry.
3 dolphins rescued in Cape Cod
BREWSTER, Mass. (AP) — Three dolphins that were stranded in Cape Cod have been rescued.
The Cape Cod Times reports the dolphins were found Sunday at Mayo Beach in Wellfleet, near Commercial Street in Provincetown and Ellis Landing in Brewster.
International Fund for Animal Welfare spokeswoman Nicole Fox says their Yarmouth location treated all the dolphins and released them at Scusset Beach in Bourne.
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.
Warrant that led to exhuming pigs challenged in court
SWANVILLE, Maine (AP) — A search warrant that allowed animal welfare officials to exhume the corpses of several dead pigs at a Maine farm is being challenged by the farm's owner.
Animals removed from Albanian zoo over malnourishment fears
TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albanian authorities forced their way into a private zoo on Sunday and removed 12 animals because of fears that they were malnourished.
Police and conservation officials pried open the main gate at the Safari Zoo Park in Mbrostar, 100 kilometers (60 miles) south of the capital, Tirana. The zoo had been closed by owners after criticism emerged about the treatment of its animals.
Fox rescued from roof of elite Pittsburgh social club
PITTSBURGH (AP) — A fox had to be rescued from the roof of Pittsburgh's most exclusive social club.
Humane Animal Rescue tell KDKA-TV it's unclear exactly how the gray fox managed to get onto the top of The Duquesne Club, but animal welfare workers brought it safely back down to the ground.
The animal was then sent to the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in Verona.
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.
Hawaii councilwoman withdraws animals initiative
HILO, Hawaii (AP) — A Big Island councilwoman introduced a resolution this week to recognize animals as "sentient beings," but quickly withdrew it because of a lack of support.
Puna councilwoman Eileen O'Hara says she wanted to "set the tone" for how the county deals with animal welfare, the Hawaii Tribune-Herald reported Wednesday.
Federal government cites exotic zoo over its animal care
MOORESVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina exotic animal park has been accused of failing to provide proper care for several animals.
Animal welfare workers save 71 beagles crammed in small home
Animal welfare workers removed 71 beagles from a cramped house in rural Pennsylvania, where officials say a woman had been breeding them without a license before she died last month.
The Lehigh County Humane Society got a call late Saturday night from police who responded to noise complaints at a home outside Allentown, said Barbara Morgan, the Humane Society's police officer.
The officers estimated about 25 dogs were inside the home. Four animal welfare workers and two trucks responded.
Minke whale euthanized after beaching on Cape Cod
WELLFLEET, Mass. (AP) — Another minke (MIN'-kee) whale has died after beaching in Massachusetts.
The whale stranded in Wellfleet on Saturday.
A marine mammal rescue and research team at the International Fund for Animal Welfare responded to the scene and performed a health assessment. The whale was found in be in such poor health that it was euthanized.
3rd Minke whale this season found dead in Cape Cod waters
BARNSTABLE, Mass. (AP) — A minke whale has died in Cape Cod waters, the third such whale found in area waters this season.
The 18-foot whale that was hauled ashore Saturday in Barnstable was first spotted alive Friday morning in Wellfleet Harbor.
67 animal activists arrested at California chicken farm
PETALUMA, Calif. (AP) — Sheriff's officials say 67 animal welfare activists were arrested during an organized protest at a Northern California poultry farm.
The protesters, part of the group Direct Action Everywhere, say they were demonstrating Saturday against what they characterized as inhumane conditions at McCoy's Poultry Services near Petaluma. The activists allege they documented mass confinement of chickens in filthy industrial sheds at the site.
Springfield woman told to get rid of 80 cats
SPRINGFIELD, Ore. (AP) — A Springfield woman has been told by animal welfare officers to downsize her collection of 80 Bengal cats after complaints from neighbors.
The Register Guard reported Thursday that the city could press criminal charges if Debra Perryman doesn't comply.
Ruling upholds penalties for failing to produce records
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A court decision says New Mexico public agencies can be ordered to pay daily penalties of up to $100 for making incomplete or inadequate responses to request for public records.
The Court of Appeals' decision Monday overturns a District Court judge's ruling that an animal welfare activist who requested records wasn't entitled to damages after the Attorney General's Office initially failed to turn over hundreds of emails.
Happy news: Beluga whale in Thames eating, swimming well
LONDON (AP) — British officials say the beluga whale spotted in the River Thames seems to be feeding properly and swimming strongly.
The animal welfare group RSPCA said Wednesday the whale is "able to move fast in the water and dive." Officials hope it will return to the open sea.
New York state makes it illegal to lease dogs and cats
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York state will soon make it illegal to finance the purchase of dogs, cats or other companion animals through lease-to-own schemes.
Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday signed legislation taking effect in 90 days that will ban the practice of using a pet as security for financing agreements with pet dealers.