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Video Shows Tyson Foods Workers Choking, Hitting Chickens

The chicken giant says it will retrain its workers

(Newser) - Chicken giant Tyson Foods says it will retrain all of its workers who deal with live birds after an animal rights group released hidden footage from within its facilities on Wednesday, USA Today reports. According to the Washington Post , the video from Compassion Over Killing shows workers choking, punching, and... More »

Activists: 'Pay to Play' Loophole Exploits Endangered Animals

Species can be traded if, in many cases, money is donated

(Newser) - It's illegal to import animals as "trophies" to the United States if they're on the endangered species list—but hunters, circuses, zoos, breeders, and theme parks can obtain permits to import, export, or sell animals on the list as long as they show that by doing so,... More »

Zoo Closing After 140 Years to Give Its Animals a Better Life

'Captivity is degrading'

(Newser) - The Buenos Aires zoo, one of the city's major tourist attractions, will be shutting down after 140 years to give its animal residents a shot at a better life, the Guardian reports. According to the BBC , the zoo had come under fire in recent years over the condition of... More »

This Could Be 'Best News for US Animals' in Years

United Egg Producers will eliminate chicken culling by 2020

(Newser) - In a move Vox calls "the best news for America's animals in decades," United Egg Producers announced Thursday that it will stop culling newborn boy chicks. The Humane League negotiated the move with the UEP, the US's biggest representative of egg producers, and it will be... More »

If You Eat Chicken, Hold the Outrage About the Gorilla

Columnist: Americans happy to ignore vast suffering in industrial meat production

(Newser) - The outrage over the killing of Harambe the gorilla at the Cincinnati Zoo continues to build, something that Dylan Matthews at Vox finds to be hypocritical. Many of the same Americans who are incensed that Harambe's life was taken are happy to blindly ignore the vast suffering—even "... More »

Animal Rights Activists Storm Sanders Stage

'We don't get intimidated easily,' he tells Oakland crowd

(Newser) - Bernie Sanders may be the preferred candidate of birds , but his stance on animal rights wasn't good enough for at least five protesters who rushed the stage at a rally in Oakland, Calif., Monday evening. The protesters were intercepted and taken away by several Secret Service agents before they... More »

Group: Video Reveals Inhumane Treatment of Pigs

'This plant is the symbol of everything that is wrong with the meat industry'

(Newser) - "If the USDA is around, they could shut us down," a worker at one of the largest pork producers in the country can be heard saying in an undercover video released this week. The Washington Post reports the video was filmed by someone working for the animal rights... More »

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 »

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