Update: Dogs seized from breeder’s home nearing adoption

U.S. 06/14/19, 15:55

The Latest on nearly 200 dogs that were rescued from a former award-winning breeder's home (all times local):3:30 p.m.The New Jersey animal shelter where nearly 200 dogs were taken after being rescued from a former breeder's home says the dogs are recovering well and that some will be available for ...

Noted dog breeder owns kennels where dogs found in squalor

U.S. 06/14/19, 15:26

The co-owner of a once-renowned New Jersey dog kennel where authorities say nearly 200 terriers and dachshunds were living in squalor says the kennel fell on hard times and found itself with more animals than it could even give away.Martin Strozeski told The New York Times that Rocky Ridge Russells ...

Off to a new life: 3 Albanian lions sent to Dutch cat center

Europe 05/07/19, 08:59

Three formerly hungry lions being housed at Tirana Zoo in Albania have been sedated and in about 48 hours will wake up at the Felida Big Cat Centre in the Netherlands.Ioana Dungler, the project leader from Four Paws, an international animal welfare group, said experts put the lions in specially ...

Animal welfare group and Albania quarrel over 3 lions’ fate

Europe 04/18/19, 16:04

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 to their new home in the Netherlands.The lions require proper medical care but remain caged in Albania due to Tirana's "bureaucratic ...

1,100 dead dolphins washed up on French shores since January

World 03/28/19, 11:13

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 mammals, but also the numbers involved — a record 1,100 have washed up on France's Atlantic coast since January.The mass deaths, widely blamed on ...

UK to tighten laws on sale of puppies and kittens

Europe 12/24/18, 07:50

The British government has decided to ban third-party sales of puppies and kittens to improve animal welfare.Animal Welfare Minister David Rutley said Sunday the ban "is part of our commitment to make sure the nation's much-loved pets get the right start in life."The decision follows a public consultation that found ...

What makes chickens happy? Nobody is quite sure

News 12/20/18, 00:06

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 ...

Idaho to pay $260,000 in legal fees in dairy spying lawsuit

Business 12/04/18, 14:00

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."We hope this award sends a strong message that ...

Farm animals may soon get new features through gene editing

Science 11/15/18, 01:03

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.But first, it needs ...

California considers making cage-free eggs a state law

U.S. 11/06/18, 10:45

California voters are considering a measure Tuesday that requires all eggs sold in the state to come from cage-free hens by 2022.Dubbed the Prevention of Cruelty to Farm Animals Act, Proposition 12 would set minimum requirements on the size of cages or pens housing breeding pigs and calves raised for ...

Police take lions, others away from private zoo in Albania

Europe 10/28/18, 09:31

Albanian authorities have forced their way into a private zoo and removed 12 animals due to fears they were malnourished.Members of Four Paws, an international animal welfare charity, move a metal cage outside Safari Zoo Park in Mbrostar, about 100 kilometers (60 miles) south of Tirana, Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018. ...

Zoo elephant is being ‘unlawfully imprisoned,’ group says

New York 10/02/18, 14:48

An animal welfare group says an elephant named Happy who has lived alone since her mate was fatally injured is being "unlawfully imprisoned" by a New York City zoo.In a legal petition filed Tuesday in Orleans County, the Nonhuman Rights Project says Happy has similar rights to a human being ...

Oregon officer rescues baby deer stuck in fence

Amazing 09/28/18, 13:13

An animal welfare officer in Oregon is getting attention after her body-worn camera captured her rescuing a baby deer. The Eugene Police Department on Thursday made public a video and photo of Officer Shawni McLaughlin freeing a terrified fawn that got stuck in a backyard fence. In the video, McLaughlin wraps the ...

Happy news: Beluga whale in Thames eating, swimming well

Europe 09/26/18, 10:07

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.A beluga whale swims in ...

New York state makes it illegal to lease dogs and cats

New York 09/24/18, 14:42

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 ...

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