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PETA: Geese Routinely Plucked Alive for Down

Practice happens on Chinese farms

(Newser) - The goose down used in bedding often is a byproduct of the food industry, with the feathers collected after an animal has been slaughtered. However, a PETA investigation finds the practice of plucking feathers from the bodies of live birds is still prevalent, CBS Money Watch reports. PETA workers last... More »

Life of Pi Tiger's Owner Hit With Cruelty Charges

After PETA released video of Michael Hackenberger allegedly whipping tiger

(Newser) - The self-proclaimed oldest zoo in North America has provided animals to films starring names like Adam Sandler and Seth Rogen, but perhaps no Bowmanville Zoo animal has entered the spotlight like its Bengal tiger, which starred in the Oscar-winning Life of Pi. Now the Canadian zoo finds itself thrust in... More »

SeaWorld: Yes, Our Workers Spied as 'Animal Activists'

But company promises it's not going to do it anymore

(Newser) - SeaWorld has told "management to end the practice in which certain employees posed as animal rights activists," company CEO Joel Manby said Thursday morning, per the Orlando Sentinel . He told an earnings call that the practice was ostensibly "to maintain the safety and security of employees, customers... More »

PETA Freaks Over 'Greased Pig,' Learns There's No Actual Pig

It's a guy on skates in a pig costume, natch

(Newser) - PETA launched a protest against a New Hampshire winter carnival event billed as a "Greased Pig on Ice," but withdrew it after learning there's no pig in the act—just a man on skates in a pig costume with dollar bills tied to his tail. Steve Smith,... More »

Cow Makes Break for Freedom in NYC

Cops corralled it after slaughterhouse escape

(Newser) - A cow destined for the dinner table ran away and enjoyed a brief taste of freedom in New York City before being captured by police and returned to a slaughterhouse. Video posted by the New York Post shows the brown-and-white cow trotting past shops and restaurants in a busy Queens... More »

Petco Drops Small-Animal Supplier After PETA Video

PETA went undercover, documented what it says is evidence of awful conditions

(Newser) - Petco, one of the biggest pet retailers in the country, severed its relationship with a Pennsylvania small-animal dealer amid a federal investigation into conditions at the facility where it keeps thousands of hamsters, guinea pigs, rabbits, and other species. Petco said in a statement Tuesday that Holmes Chinchilla Ranch and... More »

Judge: Monkey Can't Own Copyright to Its Selfies

PETA vows to keep fighting the good fight

(Newser) - A macaque monkey who took now-famous selfie photographs cannot be declared the copyright owner of the photos, a federal judge said. US District Judge William Orrick said Wednesday that "while Congress and the president can extend the protection of law to animals as well as humans, there is no... More »

Researchers Shoot Live Pigs in Blood-Spatter Study

As you can imagine, PETA is not pleased

(Newser) - PETA has a new target: New Zealand researchers who secured live pigs to a surgical table and shot them in the head with a pistol as part of a study on blood-spatter patterns. The government-funded Institute of Environmental Science and Research said the pigs were sedated and treated humanely, and... More »

Jane Birkin Wants Her Name Off Hermes Bag

The crocodile version, specifically

(Newser) - The Birkin is a bag so longed after it had a whole Sex and the City plotline written about it. Now—drama!—the celeb whom the bag was named after wants that name off of one such bag in particular. In a statement to AFP , Jane Birkin explains that... More »

SeaWorld Suspends Worker Called Impostor by PETA

He allegedly infiltrated group, tried to incite violence

(Newser) - SeaWorld suspended an employee accused of posing for years as an animal-rights activist and trying to incite violence among peaceful protesters. CEO Joel Manby said SeaWorld Entertainment has hired an independent outside counsel to investigate claims made this week by PETA . The group accused SeaWorld of using an employee to... More »

Animal Rights 'Activist' Was SeaWorld Spy: PETA

He was part of 'espionage campaign' for years, group says

(Newser) - An "activist" who joined anti-SeaWorld protests and made inflammatory postings online calling for the tanks to be drained and the theme park burned to the ground was on the SeaWorld payroll all along, PETA says. The group says activist "Thomas Jones," who has attended many animal rights... 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 »

PETA Video Denied in Sheep-Abuse Case

Australian shearers win case that turns on 'verbal cruelty'

(Newser) - Shearing sheep is one thing, activists say—and shearing them while shouting or attacking the animals is quite another. That was PETA's argument against Australian sheep shearers last year when the group revealed video shot by an undercover operative, ABC News Australia reports. But the Royal Society for the... More »

Bruised SeaWorld Launches Bid to Rehab Image

Or what PETA calls a 'last-ditch effort'

(Newser) - SeaWorld is mounting its public defense in a new ad campaign that kicked off yesterday. Revenue and attendance at SeaWorld have fallen since the 2013 release of the documentary Blackfish , which examined what led a killer whale to kill a trainer in 2010 at SeaWorld Orlando. The YouTube campaign shows... More »

Feds to Zoo: Stop Using Cattle Dogs on Elephants

Pittsburgh zoo ordered to stop stressing animals

(Newser) - Using dogs bred to herd cattle to control elephants hasn't worked out so well at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium, according to federal authorities. The Department of Agriculture has ordered the zoo to stop using cattle dogs in ways that cause "behavioral stress" to its African elephants,... More »

Palin to PETA: 'Chill, at Least Trig Didn't Eat the Dog'

Like that Barack Obama did

(Newser) - Sarah Palin and PETA, both entities more than a little fond of picking fights, have found each other at last and don't appear to be letting go: The latest salvo in the squabble over Palin's photo of son Trig standing on the family dog in order to help... More »

Palin Angers Animal Rights Groups With Trig Photo

Post shows her son standing on family dog

(Newser) - A new Facebook post by Sarah Palin has raised the ire of animal rights groups because it shows 6-year-old Trig Palin standing on the family dog, reports Politico . Palin was making the case that her son, who has Down syndrome, had provided a lesson in determination and ingenuity. Her post:... More »

NC Town to PETA: Fine, No Possum Drop

Brasstown organizer says he'll just drop roadkill instead

(Newser) - New York City drops the ball, but the small North Carolina town of Brasstown has rung in most of the last 20 years with a little something it likes to call the New Year's Eve Possum Drop. The AP describes it thusly: "The Brasstown event involves enclosing an... More »

Simpsons' Co-Creator Saves Ireland's Gay Bull

Benjy is headed to sanctuary in England after Sam Simon steps in

(Newser) - He faced execution for failure to perform. But Benjy, the gay bull of Ireland, has been saved following a worldwide appeal backed by The Simpsons co-creator Sam Simon. Ireland's Animal Rights Action Network says Simon is helping pay for Benjy's transportation to an animal sanctuary in England. Simon,... More »

PETA Asks Sheriff to Feed Alleged Cannibal Vegan Diet

But don't expect it to happen

(Newser) - PETA thinks it's got the perfect diet for a man accused of murder and cannibalism—a vegan one. As USA Today reports, the animal-rights group has caused a fuss with its letter to the acting sheriff of Indiana's Clark County suggesting the meat- and dairy-free meal plan for... More »

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