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Woman Jailed for Microwaving Kitten

She did so because it apparently killed her goldfish

(Newser) - A court case out of England is pretty awful on all fronts: A judge sentenced a 23-year-old woman to 14 weeks in jail because she put her kitten in the microwave as punishment, reports the BBC . The 4-month-old cat initially survived the minute-long ordeal but died what vets said was... More »

Students Busted Over Dog in Keg Stand Pic

Animal held upside down in Twitter image

(Newser) - A Twitter photo of a dog held upside-down over a beer keg has a pair of college students in Western New York facing animal cruelty charges. The young Labrador retriever, Mya, was apparently being forced to drink, officials say (though another Twitter user says the dog didn't actually have... More »

Cop Accused of Killing Girlfriend's Dog, Texting Photo

Faces animal cruelty charges in Baltimore

(Newser) - A city cop in Baltimore faces animal cruelty charges after he allegedly beat his girlfriend's 7-month-old puppy to death and then texted her a photo of it, reports the Baltimore Sun . Alec Taylor allegedly beat the dog with a mop and choked it after it defecated on the carpet.... More »

3K Birds Saved in NY Cockfight Crackdown

'Operation Angry Birds' smashes NY ring

(Newser) - Some 3,000 birds were rescued and nine felony arrests were made in a huge cockfighting crackdown that officials in New York state called "Operation Angry Birds." In a New York City raid, at least 70 NYPD officers accompanied by state troopers raided a basement cockfighting operation as... More »

Hundreds of Dying Snakes Found in 'House of Horrors'

Rodents had turned cannibal inside Calif. hoarder's home

(Newser) - A horrific find in California as China's Year of the Snake draws to a close: Santa Ana police discovered hundreds of dead and dying snakes in the home of a teacher who moonlighted as a snake breeder, reports the Los Angeles Times . The 53-year-old man was arrested on charges... More »

Trending: This Little Piggie, Who Had a Happy Life

Consumers starting to seek out pasture-raised pigs

(Newser) - A rising number of consumers are beginning to demand pork from pigs that had a tolerable life before they ended up on a plate, the New York Times finds. Big businesses including McDonald's are taking steps to improve pig welfare, including the slow phasing-out of crate-raised pork, but animal... More »

Nestle Drops Dairy Farm Over Animal Abuse

Undercover video shows sick cows stabbed, whipped

(Newser) - Top-selling frozen pizza brand DiGiorno and its cheese supplier cut ties with a Wisconsin dairy farm yesterday after an animal rights group released undercover video showing workers beating, kicking, stabbing, and whipping sick and injured cows. Wiese Brothers Farm owner Mark Wiese says that he fired two employees and assigned... More »

PETA Video Alleges Lobster Cruelty

Video shows lobsters, crabs being dismembered while still alive: PETA

(Newser) - Animal rights organization PETA is accusing a top seafood plant in Maine of killing lobsters and crabs in a painful method, violating the state’s cruelty-to-animals statute. PETA says this video was shot by an undercover investigator at Linda Bean’s Maine Lobster plant in Rockland. Newsy reports: More »

20K Rats, Snakes So Abused Rescuers Needed Counseling

Bosses charged with 106 counts of animal cruelty

(Newser) - Following what PETA is calling the biggest animal seizure in California history, rescuers were so disturbed by what they saw that they needed crisis counseling. A warehouse near Los Angeles was full of some 20,000 rats, snakes, and other reptiles who faced long-term mistreatment; many were dead and maggot-ridden,... More »

2 Horses Left to Die Survived by Eating Wood, Manure

They could see water, couldn't reach it: SPCA

(Newser) - Miami-area police got a call this weekend about some skinny-looking horses; what they found were two horses that were 200 pounds underweight and stuck in an 8-by-10-foot pen at an area ranch. The stall was boarded up, apparently to avoid notice. "It was almost like they were being nailed... More »

Man Killed, Cooked, Ate Puppy: Cops

Cooked ribs on stove, put rest in freezer for later

(Newser) - Warning: Do not read the rest of this story if you've just eaten. A Florida man has been arrested on animal cruelty charges after police say he strangled his mother's pitbull puppy to death, then cooked and consumed the remains. According to Tampa cops, Thomas Elliot Huggins, 25,... More »

Women Lived With 80 Dead Animals: Cops

Mother, two daughters in SC charged, say they meant well

(Newser) - Police in South Carolina arrived at a home to serve an eviction notice and were stopped dead in their tracks by the stench. The tenants, it turned out, had about 80 dead animals in various states of decay inside and outside the house in Laurens County, reports WSPA and WYFF... More »

Puppy Survives 4 Weeks in Impounded Car

Kia probably ate McDonald's trash, but had no water

(Newser) - A 12-week-old puppy somehow managed to survive for four of those weeks in an impounded car in Kansas City, the Kansas City Star reports. Little Kia is believed to have subsisted on McDonald's trash and cigars that were left in the Buick, which was impounded April 8 for being... More »

Train Narrowly Avoids Puppy Tied to Tracks

'Senile' Calif. culprit won't face charges

(Newser) - A puppy in California is doing fine and is up for adoption after a very lucky escape. A train engineer spotted a man walking away from something left on train tracks in Riverside County and hit the emergency brakes just in time to avoid hitting a 10-month-old poodle-terrier mix that... More »

We Need Webcams in Slaughterhouses

Jedediah Purdy calls for transparency

(Newser) - So-called "ag-gag laws," already enacted or being considered in several states, make it a crime for journalists or activists to take undercover photos and videos inside slaughterhouses, in some cases even branding such reporters "animal and ecological terrorists." The argument goes that such images unfairly portray... More »

Cops: Neighbor Kills Family's Pet Turkey

Also, Obama cracks wise about Nate Silver while pardoning two birds

(Newser) - A Florida man thought he found a cheap way to put a turkey on the table for Thanksgiving: He admitted to police that he snuck onto his neighbors' property with a friend and killed a bird with a bow and arrow, reports the Pensacola News Journal . The problem is that... More »

Wranglers: Hobbit to Blame for 27 Animal Deaths

Wranglers blame unsafe farm conditions

(Newser) - Animal wranglers involved in the making of The Hobbit movie trilogy say the production company is responsible for the deaths of up to 27 animals, largely because they were kept at a New Zealand farm filled with bluffs, sinkholes, and other "death traps." The American Humane Association, which... More »

Cops: Students Killed Rare Bird at Vegas Casino

Pair allegedly laughed about beheading bird

(Newser) - What happens in Vegas doesn't stay in Vegas if you do something as stupid as decapitating an exotic bird—inside a casino. Two University of California, Berkeley, law students have been arrested for allegedly killing the helmeted guinea fowl inside the Flamingo Hotel and Casino’s wildlife habitat, which... More »

Animal Cruelty Video Shows Abuse at Major Dairy Farm

Idaho operation supplies Burger King, other chains

(Newser) - Yet another tough-to-stomach video is out detailing the abuse of animals in the fast-food industry, this time at a huge dairy farm in Idaho. The video by Mercy for Animals shows workers at Bettencourt Dairies punching, kicking, dragging, and stomping on cows, reports the Miami Herald . Because Burger King gets... More »

Animal Cruelty Found at Harvard Labs

Monkeys, mice, die thanks to inhumane, careless treatment

(Newser) - The USDA has issued an official citation against the Harvard Medical School for repeated incidents of cruelty to its lab animals. Four of the school's monkeys have died in less than two years, including one that was still in its cage when it was put through a mechanical washer,... More »

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