Animal welfare

FILE - This July 16, 2004, file photo, shows a gray wolf at the Wildlife Science Center in Forest Lake, Minn. The federal government is considering another attempt to drop legal protections for gray wolves across the lower 48 states, reopening a lengthy battle over the predator species. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service tells The Associated Press it has begun a science-based review of the status of the wolf, which presently is covered by the Endangered Species Act in most of the nation. (AP Photo/Dawn Villella, File)
June 14, 2018 - 11:40 am
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — The federal government is considering another attempt to drop legal protections for gray wolves across the lower 48 states, reopening a lengthy battle over the predator species. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Thursday told The Associated Press it has begun a...
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June 11, 2018 - 8:02 am
PARIS (AP) — Animal rights groups say they will establish Europe's first sanctuary for former circus elephants. World Animal Protection and Elephant Haven said Monday that the sanctuary will be created in France and certain sites will be operational by this fall. The groups say the project came...
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This August 17, 2017 file photo shows Yellowstone Superintendent Dan Wenk speaking at an event marking a conservation agreement for a former mining site just north of the park in Jardine, Mont. Wenk on Friday, June 1, 2018, announced he plans to retire next March. (AP Photo/Matthew Brown, File)
June 07, 2018 - 6:21 pm
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Yellowstone National Park's superintendent said Thursday that he's being forced out in an apparent "punitive action" following disagreements with the Trump administration over how many bison the park can sustain, a longstanding source of conflict between park officials and...
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FILE - In this Sept. 2002 file photo, a bear approaches a group of tourists on the outskirts of Brasov, Romania. Scientists and animal rights groups have urged the Romanian government to rethink plans to allow the hunting of brown bears. WWF Romania and the Environmental Investigation Agency on Thursday June 7, 2018, called on international wildlife experts, Romanian and European Union officials to “to take urgent action to end this threat” to Romania’s bear population, one of Europe’s largest. (AP Photo/Octavian Tibar, File)
June 07, 2018 - 8:26 am
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Scientists and animal rights groups have urged the Romanian government to rethink its plans to allow the hunting of brown bears. In April, the environment ministry said Romania needed to reduce its bear population from the current estimate of up to 6,640 animals down to 4,...
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May 30, 2018 - 12:06 pm
BINGHAMTON, N.Y. (AP) — A 6-foot-long boa constrictor reported loose in Binghamton, New York, has been found — beneath the owner's kitchen sink. A Facebook post by the Broome County Humane Society on behalf of the owner said the pet snake escaped its enclosure earlier this week and was last seen...
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May 28, 2018 - 3:00 pm
RONKONKOMA, N.Y. (AP) — Officials on Long Island are offering a reward for information leading to the person or people responsible for dumping 27 rabbits by a Suffolk County train station. The Suffolk County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals says it was notified on Sunday that a...
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FILE - In this Oct. 1, 2015, file photo, an elephant crosses a road at a national park in Hwange, Zimbabwe. Federal prosecutors in Colorado have indicted the owner of a South African hunting company, accusing the man of breaking U.S. law on hunting elephants and importing ivory. Hanno van Rensburg has not been arrested yet. He did not respond Monday, May 21, 2018, to an email sent to an address listed on his hunting company's website. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi, File)
May 22, 2018 - 4:18 pm
DENVER (AP) — U.S. prosecutors have indicted the owner of a South African hunting company, accusing him of bribing Zimbabwean officials while guiding a Colorado tourist and working to have the ivory tusks of an elephant that the group illegally killed inside a national park imported to the United...
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FILE - In this Thursday Sept. 28, 2006 file picture, former French actress Brigitte Bardot acknowledges applause prior to a press conference in Paris. Bardot and actress Sophie Marceau are leading animal welfare campaigns as a bill on farming and food industry arrives at Parliament. They want a ban on the sale of eggs from caged hens and mandatory cameras in slaughterhouses to be introduced in the proposed law, which will begin to be discussed at National Assembly on Tuesday May 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere, File)
May 21, 2018 - 11:20 am
PARIS (AP) — Actresses Brigitte Bardot and Sophie Marceau are leading campaigns for mandatory cameras in French slaughterhouses and a ban on the sale of eggs from caged hens as France's parliament prepares to debate a food industry bill Tuesday. Thirteen animal rights associations have called on...
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In this undated photo released by Dog Meat Free Indonesia, dogs for sale are seen in a cage on the back of a truck at a market in Air Madidi, North Sulawesi, Indonesia. International stars of acting, music and sports have urged Indonesia's president to ban what they say is a brutal trade in dog and cat meat for human consumption. (Dog Meat Free Indonesia via AP)
May 21, 2018 - 6:50 am
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — International stars of acting, music and sports have urged Indonesia's president to ban what they say is a "brutal" trade in dog and cat meat for human consumption. The appeal comes after Indonesian campaigners against animal cruelty and Humane Society International in...
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This photo shows Victoria, a pregnant southern white rhino, Thursday, May 17, 2018, at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park in Escondido, Calif. The rhino, which has become pregnant through artificial insemination at the park, is giving hope for efforts to save a subspecies of one of the world's most recognizable animals, researchers announced Thursday. (AP Photo/Julie Watson)
May 17, 2018 - 6:16 pm
SAN DIEGO (AP) — A southern white rhino has become pregnant through artificial insemination at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park — giving hope for efforts to save a subspecies of one of the world's most recognizable animals, researchers announced Thursday. Scientists will be watching closely to see if...
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