Animal welfare

In this March 14, 2018, photo, a California sea lion waits to be released into the Pacific Ocean in Newport, Ore. Two species of fish listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act are facing a growing challenge in Oregon from hungry sea lions. The federally protected California sea lions are traveling into the Columbia River and its tributaries to snack on fragile fish populations. After a decade killing the hungriest sea lions in one area, wildlife officials now want to expand the program. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)
March 22, 2018 - 12:43 pm
NEWPORT, Ore. (AP) — The 700-pound sea lion blinked in the sun, sniffed the sea air and then lazily shifted to the edge of the truck bed and plopped onto the beach below. Freed from the cage that carried him to the ocean, the massive marine mammal shuffled into the surf, looked left, looked right...
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In this image made from video, an adult male orangutan smokes a cigarette in its enclosure at Bandung Zoo in Bandung, West Java, Indonesia, Sunday, March 4, 2018. The zoo infamous for mistreatment of animals is being slammed again by activists after a video emerged of one of its orangutans smoking. (AP Photo)
March 07, 2018 - 7:33 pm
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — A video of an orangutan smoking has brought more criticism of a zoo in Indonesia infamous for past animal welfare troubles. In the video shot Sunday, a young man flicks his half-smoked cigarette into the primate's enclosure. It's picked up by the reddish-brown primate, who...
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FILE - In this July 21, 2015 photo, officers lead Radoslaw Czerkawski into court for sentencing in Dedham, Mass., after he was convicted of larceny. The trial of Czerkawski, a Massachusetts man accused of abusing a dog so severely that it had to be euthanized, is scheduled Tuesday, March 6, 2018, in Norfolk County Superior Court in Dedham. (Greg Derr/The Quincy Patriot Ledger via AP, File)
March 06, 2018 - 2:37 pm
DEDHAM, Mass. (AP) — The trial of a Massachusetts man charged with torturing a dog so severely that it had to be euthanized started Tuesday with jury selection — but without the expected protests from animal rights advocates. Radoslaw Czerkawski faces 11 counts of animal cruelty at his trial in...
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Dogs on the sled dog team of Ryan Redington of Wasilla, Alaska, leave the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race starting chute Sunday, March 4, 2018, in Willow, Alaska. The winner is expected in Nome in eight or nine days. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)
March 05, 2018 - 3:30 am
WILLOW, Alaska (AP) — Competitors took to the snowy trail as the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race kicked off Sunday in Alaska following a trying year for the annual event. Musher Cody Strathe of Fairbanks and his 16-dog team were the first to take off across frozen Willow Lake, about 75 miles (120...
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Musher Aliy Zirkle runs her team during the ceremonial start of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, Saturday, March 3, 2018, in Anchorage, Alaska. Zirkle has finished as high as second in the race. (AP Photo/Michael Dinneen)
March 03, 2018 - 11:09 pm
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Cheering fans lined the streets as mushers took their dog teams for a short sprint in Alaska's largest city Saturday for the ceremonial start of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. The morning trek along snow-heaped paths in downtown Anchorage gave supporters a chance to...
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FILE - In this March 2, 2014, file photo, musher Nathan Schroeder drives his dog team down the trail just after the start of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race near Willow, Alaska. The 46th running of Alaska's famed Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race kicks off Saturday, March 3, 2018, amid the most turbulent year for organizers beset by multiple problems, including a champion's dog doping scandal, the loss of major sponsors, discontent among race participants and escalating pressure from animal rights activists, who say the dogs are run to death or left with serious injuries. (Bob Hallinen/Anchorage Daily News via AP, File)
March 02, 2018 - 2:46 am
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The 46th running of Alaska's famed Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race kicks off Saturday amid the most turbulent year ever for the annual long-distance contest that spans mountain ranges, the frozen Yukon River and dangerous sea ice along the Bering Sea coast. Among the multiple...
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A lion named Saeed, who was rescued from Syria by the animal rights group Four Paws, is caged during its arrival at OR Tambo International airport in Johannesburg, South Africa, Monday, Feb. 26, 2018. Two lions rescued from neglected zoos in war zones in Iraq and Syria have been transported to South Africa to recover from physical and psychological trauma at a big cat sanctuary. International animal welfare group Four Paws says the male lions have arrived in Johannesburg on a Qatar Airways flight after leaving an animal refuge in Jordan. The lions arrived emaciated, dehydrated and psychologically scarred in Jordan last year.. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)
February 26, 2018 - 12:37 pm
LIONSROCK BIG CAT SANCTUARY, South Africa (AP) — Two lions rescued from neglected zoos in war zones in Iraq and Syria arrived in South Africa on Monday to live at a sanctuary with other animals that survived harsh conditions in captivity elsewhere in the world. The male lions were transported in...
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In this Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018 photo, a lion named Saeed, who was rescued from Syria by the animal rights group Four Paws, is caged prior his departure from the Al-Ma'wa Animal Sanctuary near Souf, in northern Jordan. Two African lions rescued from war-torn Iraq and Syria are being transported to a permanent home in South Africa, after an interim stay in Jordan where they recuperated from physical and psychological trauma. (AP Photo/Raad Adayleh)
February 25, 2018 - 8:49 am
SOUF, Jordan (AP) — Two African lions rescued from war zones in Iraq and Syria are heading to a permanent home in South Africa, after resting in Jordan where they recuperated from physical and psychological trauma. The lions were coaxed with mouthfuls of meat into metal crates Sunday before being...
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Bill McFadden shows Flynn, a bichon frise, in the ring during the non-sporting group during the 142nd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, Monday, Feb. 12, 2018, at Madison Square Garden in New York. Flynn won best in the non-sporting group. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
February 13, 2018 - 11:54 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the Westminster Kennel Club dog show (all times local): 11:42 p.m. Flynn the bichon frise has won best in show at the Westminster Kennel Club. The choice was a surprise to most of the crowd at Madison Square Garden, with many fans falling silent when the white powder...
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February 07, 2018 - 9:51 am
Animal advocates will be at the South Carolina Statehouse for the annual Humane Society of the United States Humane Day lobby event.
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