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Animal advocates have been given an epic reason to cheer this week with the introduction of landmark legislation that could end the suffering of millions of animals who are unnecessarily tortured and killed to test the safety of cosmetics in the U.S. The Humane Cosmetics Act (H.R. 4148), which was introduced by Rep. Jim Moran, [...]
Wisconsin is currently one of only a handful of states left that has few laws regarding keeping exotic and dangerous animals as pets, but lawmakers are taking action to remedy that with a new bill. Private ownership of wild, exotic and dangerous animals poses a threat to public health and safety and to the welfare [...]
An undercover investigation conducted by the British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection (BUAV) has exposed a world of nightmares for companion animals who are born, experimented on and killed in labs. An investigator for the BUAV, known as Susie, conducted an eight month investigation at MSD Animal Health that exposed the horrors nearly newborn [...]
Mute swans in New York will be getting a reprieve from slaughter following major public outcry over the Department of Environmental Conservation’s (DEC) plan to eradicate the state’s population over the next decade, but animal advocates are still concerned about their future. Earlier this year the DEC publicly announced its plan to list mute swans [...]
Despite widespread opposition and the release of yet more footage showing animal abuse, Idaho’s Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter signed an ag gag bill into law on Friday that could result in jail time and fines for undercover investigators. Idaho’s bill was pushed as an “agricultural security measure” that was intended to protect farmers from trespassers, [...]
The state of Alaska has taken action to have federal protection removed from North Pacific humpback whales, who it believes are no longer in need of protection under the Endangered Species Act. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game filed a petition with the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) this week seeking to have a [...]
Newfoundland and Labrador will be wasting some serious cash to fund a pro-sealing campaign just in time for an appeal of the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) decision to uphold the European Union’s (EU) ban on seal products. In 2010, the EU enacted a ban on seal products, including fur, meat and blubber, with exceptions for [...]
The movie Madagascar may have helped lemurs capture our hearts, but the chances of these charismatic little primates surviving on the island in the future are looking grim and have led scientists to call for immediate action to help same them from extinction. Living only on Madagascar, lemurs are now considered the most endangered mammal [...]
An effort to improve pet health and reduce the number of innocent animals being killed every year could make Chicago next on the list of cities that have stopped peddling puppy mill puppies. The Companion Animal and Consumer Protection Ordinance was introduced by Chicago City Clerk Susana A. Mendoza and a coalition of aldermen and [...]
It might be too late for an estimated 40 coyotes whose lives were taken during a recent Coyote Drive in Modoc County, but their advocates are working hard to make sure that type of barbaric wildlife killing contest never takes place in California again. These contests – also known as drives, derbies or whatever else you [...]
The dream of a former caretaker at the Franklin Zoo in New Zealand is finally being realized with the sweet introduction of two elephants, Mila and Mary. Mila, who is now 41, has spent almost her entire life alone. She was born in Namibia in 1973 and, like many others who find themselves in captivity, [...]
Denmark is stirring up some controversy about whether animal rights should take precedence over religious freedom with a ban on kosher and halal slaughter that went into effect this week. Most countries require animals to be stunned and rendered unconscious prior to slaughter, which is believed to be more humane if it’s done properly. Jewish [...]
If you’ve ever wondered why your cat is staring at something like it’s the most fascinating thing ever when you don’t see anything interesting there, scientists may have an answer. It’s not so much that they’re “having a moment” or seeing paranormal activity as it is that they can actually see things we can’t. According [...]
A common parasite carried by almost all cat species, otherwise known as the kitty litter disease, has made a surprising appearance in western Arctic beluga whales, according to researchers from the University of British Columbia (UBC). Cats are considered a “definitive” host for Toxoplasma gondii, where the parasite can lay eggs that are shed in [...]
Four former employees of a dairy farm that supplied DiGiorno have been charged with criminal animal cruelty following the release of an undercover video that was taken by an investigator for Mercy for Animals (MFA). In December, MFA released shocking footage that was taken last fall showing dairy cows being subjected to an inexcusable level [...]
Continued threats to tufted puffins, one of the most striking and beloved seabirds in North America, have led to a call to have them protected under the Endangered Species Act. Tufted puffins, who can be easily recognized by the off-white tufts that grow over their eyes and stark color changes during breeding season, can be [...]
Valentine’s Day is upon us and love is in the air, but we’re not the only species who share lifelong bonds with a partner. While the specifics may vary between species, and only a small percentage of mammals live a monogamous life, there are many species–ranging from mammals to insects, like termites and cockroaches–who mate [...]
This Valentine’s Day, the Rainforest Action Network (RAN) is urging us all to find a better way to show our love than with store-bought candies that contain palm oil. Activists will be placing stickers that say “There’s nothing romantic about #ConflictPalmOil” on Valentine’s candies at stores in 250 U.S. cities to raise awareness about how palm [...]
National animal advocacy groups are taking up the fight to stop an ag gag bill that would criminalize whistleblowers who expose animal cruelty and other problems on farms in Idaho. The bill, SB 1337, is being pushed as an “agricultural security measure” and is moving quickly through the legislature with support from the Idaho Dairymen’s [...]
This weekend authorities and rescuers joined forces to participate in what’s believed to be the largest cockfighting bust in New York state’s history and one of the largest ever in the U.S. The take down was part of Operation Angry Birds, which was a combined effort by New York’s Organized Crime Task Force (OCTF), the [...]