Animal welfare

FILE - In this April 20, 2013 file photo, male greater sage grouse perform mating rituals for a female grouse, not pictured, on a lake outside Walden, Colo. The Interior Department says it is withdrawing protections for 10 million acres of federal lands used by the threatened sage grouse to open it up for energy development. The plan would allow mining and other development in areas where it now is prohibited in six Western states: Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah and Wyoming. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)
October 05, 2017 - 5:36 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Interior Department said Thursday it is withdrawing protections for 10 million acres of federal lands used by the threatened sage grouse to open it up for energy development. The plan would allow mining and other development in areas where it now is prohibited in six Western...
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FILE - In this Aug. 3, 2014, file photo, a grizzly bear walks through a back country campsite in Montana's Glacier National Park. U.S. Fish and Wildlife grizzly recovery coordinator Hilary Cooley says a proposal to lift threatened species protections for an estimated 1,000 grizzlies in northwestern Montana could come next year. (Doug Kelley /The Spokesman-Review via AP, File)
September 29, 2017 - 6:43 pm
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — On the heels of lifting protections for Yellowstone-area grizzly bears, the U.S. government is considering the same action for bruins in northwestern Montana, home to the largest group of grizzlies in the Lower 48, federal officials said Friday. Hunters and trappers widely...
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September 29, 2017 - 10:25 am
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina man has been indicted on federal dogfighting charges. The U.S. Attorney's Office said 54-year-old Brexton Redell Lloyd of Eagle Springs in Moore County faces a 14-count indictment that was unsealed Thursday. The Justice Department news release said Lloyd is...
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Volunteers unload 35 dogs from Texas shelters flown to make space for companion animals rescued in the Hurricane Harvey aftermath, Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2017, in Seattle. The dogs arriving in Seattle were already in Texas shelters when Harvey hit and are being transferred to Seattle-area shelters so animals displaced from the flooding can be cared for in Texas until they can be reunited with their families there. The rescue transfer is a collaboration between Humane Society of the United States, Wings of Rescue, the Progressive Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) and other Seattle-area shelters. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
August 30, 2017 - 9:31 pm
SEATTLE (AP) — Nearly 40 dogs that were in Texas shelters before Hurricane Harvey have arrived in Seattle by plane. Volunteers unloaded the animals Wednesday afternoon after their flight from San Antonio, Texas. Officials with Wings of Rescue say the transported animals were already in shelters...
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In this Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017 photo, conservationists of Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Program (SOCP) prepare a makeshift stretcher to carry a tranquilized male orangutan to be relocated from a swath of destructed forest located too close too a palm oil plantation at Tripa peat swamp in Aceh province, Indonesia. It's been called the orangutan capital of the world, but the great apes in Indonesia's Tripa peat forest on the island of Sumatra are under threat by palm oil plantations that have gobbled up thousands of acres of land to make room for trees that produce the most consumed vegetable oil on the planet. (AP Photo/Binsar Bakkara)
August 26, 2017 - 9:38 pm
TRIPA PEAT SWAMP, Indonesia (AP) — It's been called the orangutan capital of the world, but the great apes in Indonesia's Tripa peat forest on the island of Sumatra are under threat by palm oil plantations that have gobbled up thousands of acres of land to make room for trees that produce the most...
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FILE - In this Jan. 13, 2010 file photo, two young wild horses play while grazing in Reno, Nev. Officials at a wild horse summit in Salt Lake City said Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2017, that swollen populations of federally-protected mustangs roaming 10 Western states are starved and damaging rangelands, leaving some officials to recommend killing or selling the animals to reduce herds. (Andy Barron/Reno Gazette-Journal via AP, File)
August 23, 2017 - 9:13 pm
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Swollen populations of federally-protected wild horses roaming 10 Western states are starved and damaging rangelands, Utah and U.S. government officials said at a conference Wednesday, an invitation-only meeting that mustang-protection advocates say is promoting the slaughter...
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August 23, 2017 - 6:34 pm
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Swollen populations of federally-protected wild horses roaming 10 Western states are starved and damaging rangelands, Utah and U.S. government officials said at a conference Wednesday, an invitation-only meeting that mustang-protection advocates say is promoting the slaughter...
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FILE - This June 20, 2014 file photo taken by an automatic trail camera provided by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service shows an adult female grizzly bear in the Cabinet Mountains in northwest Montana near Canada. A federal judge ruled Monday, Aug. 21, 2017 that the small population of grizzly bears in Montana and Idaho near the Canadian border can be considered endangered even if they are not on the brink of extinction. U.S. District Judge Dana Christensen’s order reversed the 2014 re-classification by U.S. wildlife officials for 40 to 50 bears of the Cabinet-Yaak bear population under the federal Endangered Species Act. (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service via AP, File)
August 23, 2017 - 1:56 pm
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A judge has ruled a small population of grizzly bears in Montana and Idaho near the Canadian border can be considered endangered even if they are not on the brink of extinction. U.S. District Judge Dana Christensen's order Tuesday reversed the 2014 re-classification by U.S...
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August 16, 2017 - 4:41 pm
SAN DIEGO (AP) — SeaWorld veterinarians in San Diego euthanized one of the entertainment company's last killer whales to come from the wild, marking the third orca death this year at one of its marine parks. The whale named Kasatka died Tuesday evening "surrounded by members of her pod, as well as...
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August 16, 2017 - 4:37 pm
SAN DIEGO (AP) — SeaWorld veterinarians in San Diego euthanized one of the entertainment company's last killer whales to come from the wild, marking the third orca death this year at one of its marine parks. The whale named Kasatka died Tuesday evening "surrounded by members of her pod, as well as...
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