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High School May Lose Live Tiger Cub Mascot

Booster club fails to satisfy state's guidelines for using exotic animals

(Newser) - Is a 45-year tradition coming to an end? A football-crazed Ohio high school brought out a live tiger cub before its season opener on Thursday as it always does, but the Guardian reports the school apparently did so without meeting new state regulations on exotic animals. Every year since 1970,... More »

Temple Ends Centuries-Old Mass Slaughter of Animals

Hundreds of thousands were killed at festival every 5 years

(Newser) - The killing of Cecil the lion made this a depressing week for animal-rights supporters. Here's a counter-punch: A Hindu temple in Nepal has ended a centuries-old mass slaughter of animals that takes place every five years, reports the Wall Street Journal . Twice a decade for nearly 250 years, pilgrims... More »

It's Now Legal to Save Pets From Hot Cars in Tennessee

Good Samaritan law now applies to animals

(Newser) - Animal rights advocates are cheering a new law that went into effect in Tennessee at the beginning of the month that could save the lives of furry friends. Under an extension of the Good Samaritan law that allows people to break into a hot car to free a child, citizens... More »

PETA Alleges 'Monkeygate' at Fla. Breeding Farm

Animal abuses subject of PETA investigation

(Newser) - A disturbing PETA undercover video at Florida monkey breeding farm Primate Products shows macaques being grabbed by their tails, crowded into small cages, and clearly under stress. The monkeys at the Hendry County farm are imported from other countries and sent to clients such as the National Institutes of Health... More »

100 Dogs Saved From Becoming Dinner

Chinese woman forks out $1,100 at infamous Yulin festival

(Newser) - Don't like the thought of dogs being served up with lychees? Neither does Yang Xiaoyun, a 65-year-old Chinese woman who saved 100 canines from being killed and served at a dog-meat festival in southern China, AFP reports. The animal lover paid about $1,100 yesterday for the dogs in... More »

Grandma Sues SeaWorld Over Killer Whales

Joyce Kuhl sues for at least $2B over treatment of orcas

(Newser) - A South Carolina grandmother is suing SeaWorld in Florida for at least $2 billion over its alleged mistreatment of killer whales—the latest salvo in a series of attacks against the entertainment company, the Orlando Sentinel reports via the Guardian . In the new class-action suit, Joyce Kuhl is demanding her... More »

At Meat Research Center, a Litany of Death, Suffering

'NY Times' investigation into center's activities yields disturbing results

(Newser) - For 50 years, a facility in Nebraska has focused on meat-industry improvements, from the eater's perspective: more meat, less fat, safer food. But at the same time, reports the New York Times in a lengthy investigation, the center has provided a site for minimally overseen and sometimes brutal experimentation... More »

Cruise-Ship Diners: Tossing Lobsters Overboard?

Experts: It could be effort to 'save' the crustaceans

(Newser) - Sensitive cruise-ship diners may be ordering lobster and having it tossed overboard in a "misguided effort of animal rights activism," Fox News reports. If true, experts say, it would explain why fishermen are finding Canadian lobsters off the coast of Northern England—some with elastic bands still around... More »

World's Biggest Animal Slaughter Has Begun

In 2009, an estimated 300K animals were killed over 2 days

(Newser) - The world's biggest animal slaughter is once again under way. The Guardian and Al Jazeera report on the weeks-long festival, which takes place every five years in the Nepalese village of Bariyapur. The killing takes place over just two days, in this case, Friday and Saturday: Hindus armed with... More »

PETA Slams Kim Kardashian on Dolphin Swim

Animal rights group blasts star for violating captive creatures' personal space

(Newser) - Some people believe Kim Kardashian is a menace to the thinking public, but PETA has stronger words for the reality-TV star: The animal rights group is calling her downright "dangerous" and "intrusive" to animals after Kim K posted an Instagram video of her cruising around on captive dolphins... More »

Chimp Sues Over Living Conditions

Next to file: dolphins, elephants

(Newser) - A lawyer and his team are fighting for animal rights in an unusual way: by filing lawsuits on behalf of chimpanzees. The New York Times focuses on the case of Tommy, a chimp who is, as Charles Siebert writes, effectively suing for better living conditions. Despite protections under the law,... More »

Animal Planet Show Is Staged, Abusive: Report

Creatures drugged, left near death: Mother Jones investigation

(Newser) - Hit Animal Planet reality show Call of the Wildman features its star, Ernie "Turtleman" Brown Jr., finding and trapping "nuisance" animals, apparently for the benefit of both locals and the creatures themselves. But the "reality" of the show is questionable, according to a Mother Jones investigation: The... 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 »

Furor Erupts as Dolphins Set for Slaughter at Japan Cove

Annual hunt at Taiji again under fire as 200+ animals await slaughter

(Newser) - More than 200 bottlenose dolphins await their deaths in Japan's Taiji cove—made infamous in 2009 documentary The Cove —and the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society is doing its best to draw attention and outrage to the annual slaughter. As CNN reports, Japanese fishermen herded a pod of 250... More »

Chimp Rights: Not as Wacky as It Sounds

There are sound legal reasons to consider monkeys people, Danny Cevallos argues

(Newser) - When he first read about a petition demanding habeas corpus for a chimp named Tommy, Danny Cevallos thought what many people would: "Are. You. Kidding. Me?" Animals are, legally speaking, "chattel," meaning property, no different than a potted plant. But then the CNN legal analyst actually read... More »

Chimps Are Legal People, Too: Lawsuit

Group challenges 'unlawful detention' in NY

(Newser) - Are chimpanzees people— just like corporations ? Chimps deserve to be considered legal persons with some of the same rights as people—including the "fundamental legal right not to be imprisoned," according a lawsuit in New York state. The Nonhuman Rights Project has filed a writ of habeas... More »

'No Animals Were Harmed'? Not Quite

'Hollywood Reporter' expose says AHA often overlooks abuses

(Newser) - That "no animals were harmed" disclaimer that crops up at the end of movies courtesy of the American Humane Association seems straightforward enough. But an investigation by Gary Baum at the Hollywood Reporter finds that plenty of animals do, in fact, get harmed on sets—even for movies that... More »

Animal Rights Activists Vandalize Iowa Butter Cow

Iconic state fair statue survives unharmed

(Newser) - In an effort to raise awareness of cruelty in the beef and dairy industry, animal rights activists have vandalized ... a cow statue. The iconic Iowa State Fair butter cow—which is, yes, a cow sculpted out of butter—was found doused in red paint this morning, with "Freedom for... More »

Running of the Bulls Coming to US

Organizers say it will be safer, but the Humane Society is not happy

(Newser) - Americans will no longer have to travel to Spain to get trampled on by hordes of running bulls. The Great Bull Run, a new US-based event, will allow thrillseekers to experience Pamplona's favorite pastime stateside, reports the AP . The first run will be held near Richmond, Virginia, on August... More »

PETA Slammed for Killing 2K Animals a Year

Animal rights activists say its shelter should go no-kill

(Newser) - PETA is usually the one accusing others of animal cruelty. Not anymore. Though the group is well known for loudly objecting to things like goldfish racing and backpacks made from fur , it is now drawing attention for a very different reason: its animal shelter kills around 2,000 dogs and... More »

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