Animal welfare

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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FILE - In this June 27, 2012, file photo, a Chinook salmon, second from the bottom, swims in the Columbia River with sockeye salmon at the Bonneville Dam fish-counting window near North Bonneville, Wash. A group that represents farmers is calling the costs of saving imperiled salmon in the largest river system in the Pacific Northwest unsustainable and is turning to the Trump administration to sidestep endangered species laws. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)
August 10, 2017 - 5:31 pm
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A group that represents farmers is calling the costs of saving imperiled salmon in the largest river system in the Pacific Northwest unsustainable and is turning to the Trump administration to sidestep endangered species laws. The Columbia-Snake River Irrigators Association...
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FILE - In this July 25, 2005 file photo, a sage grouse is seen near Fallon, Nev. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke says a new federal plan to protect the threatened sage grouse will better align with conservation efforts in 11 Western states where the bird lives. (AP Photo/Cathleen Allison, File)
August 08, 2017 - 6:44 am
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — President Donald Trump's administration has opened the door to industry-friendly changes to a sweeping plan imposed by his predecessor to protect a ground-dwelling bird across vast areas of the West. Wildlife advocates warn that the proposed changes would undercut a hard-won...
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In this May 13, 2017 photo, an activist holds a sign during a protest outside Sea Life Park in Waimanalo, Hawaii. A marine mammal that has contributed to groundbreaking science for the past 30 years is again making waves after being sold to the marine amusement park in Hawaii. Kina is a false killer whale, a large member of the dolphin family. Animal-rights activists say she deserves a peaceful retirement in an ocean-based refuge but is instead being traumatized by confinement in concrete tanks at Sea Life Park. But Kina's former Navy trainer and a longtime marine mammal researcher say no such sea sanctuaries exist, and the park is the best place for the 40-year-old toothy cetacean. (AP Photo/Caleb Jones)
August 08, 2017 - 4:29 am
WAIMANALO, Hawaii (AP) — A Hawaii marine park's purchase of Kina, a 40-year-old false killer whale long used in echolocation research, has reignited a debate about captive marine mammals and the places that care for them. Most of the world's captive cetaceans - dolphins, whales and porpoises - are...
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