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Researchers Under Fire for Study That Left 6 Beagles Dead

Beagle Freedom Project says study was pointless by its very design

(Newser) - The study was published online in April, but the fallout is hitting now: University of Missouri-Columbia researchers are trying to identify "painless or non-invasive treatments for corneal injuries," and devised a pilot study using six beagles to that end. The researchers wanted to study the effects of topical... More »

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 »

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 »

Daring Rescues Give Circus Lions Freedom

They'll be airlifted to a sanctuary in Africa

(Newser) - Thirty-three lions who lived under awful conditions in South American traveling circuses have only one more trip to make, and it will easily be the best one of their lives. Next month, they will be airlifted to a sanctuary in Africa by the group that not only rescued them but... More »

2 Activists Accused of Freeing 5K Mink Caught

Authorities say couple went on cross-country road trip to farms

(Newser) - Two animal rights activists who authorities say went on an epic vigilante road trip across the US have been arrested and face jail time. Joseph Buddenberg, 31, and Nicole Kissane, 28, both of Oakland, are accused of freeing about 5,000 mink from various farms along with a slew of... 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 »

Foodies Rejoice: Foie Gras Back on Calif. Menus

Judge overturns state law banning the delicacy

(Newser) - California foodies craving fattened duck liver can now chow down. Yesterday, a judge overturned a state law banning the sale of foie gras, noting it interferes with a federal law regulating poultry products. The ban, in place since 2012 , had been hailed a victory for animal rights activists as ducks... 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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Sea Shepherd Founder Arrested

Paul Watson faces charges in decade-old incident

(Newser) - A leading anti-whaling activist has been arrested in Germany. Paul Watson, founder of Sea Shepherd, was busted on Saturday over a 2002 clash with a Costa Rican "illegal shark finning operation" off Guatemala, the group says in a statement. The group says the warrant is tied to an "... More »

Trump Sons Slammed for 'Desecrating' Elephant

Donald Jr., Eric shown posing with big game hunting kills

(Newser) - Donald Trump's sons went on a hunting safari in Africa last year, and thought it would be a good idea to pose in photo after photo with the animals they killed. Said photos surfaced yesterday, and not surprisingly, animal rights groups are outraged, TMZ reports. One picture in particular... More »

Report: PETA Kills 95% of Pets It Takes In

84% put down within 24 hours at Virginia headquarters: documents

(Newser) - PETA's controversial campaigns for animal rights dominate headlines—but behind the scenes, the picture is quite different, according to newly released documents. Last year, the organization killed more than 95% of the pets in its charge at its Norfolk, Va., headquarters, the Daily Caller reports. Documents released by the... More »

Woman Allegedly Sought Hitman to Kill Fur-Wearer

Meredith Lowell attempted to recruit killer on Facebook: Cops

(Newser) - An animal rights activist in Ohio had a plan for an anti-fur protest that went just a bit further than any stunt PETA has pulled: Meredith Lowell, 27, is accused of attempting to hire a hitman to kill a random fur-wearer in public. Lowell allegedly created a phony Facebook profile... More »

HBO Slammed for Horse Deaths in Luck

New series not so lucky for racers

(Newser) - Animal right activists are slamming a new TV series after two horses had to be put down after suffering injuries during filming. A PETA official said the organization "repeatedly reached out" to HBO before filming began on its horse-racing series Luck to offer safety advice but was "rebuffed.... More »

PETA Sees Benefit to US Horse Slaughter

It's better than exporting them, group says

(Newser) - Congress’ new spending bill ending an effective ban on domestic horse slaughter may sound like a custom-made PETA target—but actually, the group sees some good in the change, the Los Angeles Times reports. Activists say it’s better to allow the slaughter of horses inside the US than to... More »

Ukraine Accused of 'Barbaric' Dog Slaughter

Strays routinely poisoned, activists say

(Newser) - In four Ukrainian cities that will host the Euro 2012 soccer championship next summer, more than 9,000 dogs have been put to death in the last year—and animal rights activists, who believe the number is actually much greater, accuse authorities of using illegal, inhuman methods including poison to... More »

Activists Hang 'Go Vegan' Sign on Iowa Butter Cow

After impressive late-night raid

(Newser) - Animal rights activists staged a daring late-night break-in Saturday night to hang a “Go vegan” sign on a butter cow at the Iowa State Fair. The activists snuck past a guard, scaled a wall in a back hallway, and broke into the refrigerated case holding the sculpture. Then they... More »

Ringling Circus Elephant Collapses

Sarah, 54, is seriously ill and needs treatment: animal activists

(Newser) - A Ringling Brothers elephant collapsed as she was being loaded onto a circus train, triggering cries of abuse. The spectacle in Anaheim was captured on film by animal rights activists who were keeping an eye on circus activities. Circus spokesmen claimed that 54-year-old Asian elephant Sarah merely tripped and was... More »

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