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Candidate Sued for Bringing Bear on Campaign Trail

'Tag' has been part of John Cox's 'Beast' campaign for California governor

(Newser) - The theme of California gubernatorial candidate John Cox's campaign is "Beauty and the Beast"—with himself as the "beast" and Gov. Gavin Newsom as the "beauty"—and animal welfare groups are concerned about the actual beast he has made campaign appearances with. In a...

Dozens of Underfed Big Cats Rescued From Tiger King Park

Feds say 68 animals were seized from Jeff and Lauren Lowe's park

(Newser) - Some 68 underfed and neglected big cats from a park owned by Joe Exotic's former business partner will go to "responsible animal preserves where they can be safely maintained rather than exploited," the Justice Department says. The animals—seven lions, 46 tigers, 15 lion-tiger hybrids, and one...

Plane Packed With 500 Puppies Lands, With 38 of Them Dead

Witness calls Toronto arrival of plane from Ukraine a 'horror show'

(Newser) - A Canadian agency is investigating after a plane filled with 500 puppies landed in Toronto, and 38 of them were found dead. Others were ill—dehydrated, vomiting and weak, the Guardian reports. "It was a nightmare," a witness said. The Ukraine International Airlines plane landed June 13 Pearson...

New York City Is Banning a 'Cruel' Delicacy

Foie gras ban will take effect in 2022

(Newser) - New York City lawmakers have passed a bill that bans restaurants and grocery stores from selling foie gras, the fattened liver of a duck or goose. The bill, which is expected to be signed by Mayor Bill de Blasio, would ban the sale of the delicacy starting in 2022. Animal...

This State Could Be First to Ban Declawing

Bill sails through NY Senate, Assembly

(Newser) - New York would be the first state in the US to ban the declawing of cats under legislation approved by lawmakers at the request of cat owners, animal welfare advocates, and many veterinarians who call the procedure cruel and needless. The bill, which would subject veterinarians to $1,000 fines...

Watchdog: USDA Carried Out 'Cannibal Cat' Experiments

Lawmakers want experiments—including dog remains being fed to cats—to end

(Newser) - Government scientists have fed dog remains to cats, injected cat remains into mice, and conducted other experiments on animals that one member of Congress says "need to end now." The White Coat Waste Project, a nonprofit watchdog, drew the information from USDA publications for a report it plans...

Scientists' Quest: Making Chickens Happy

Study in Canada may result in better living conditions, even if only briefly

(Newser) - How do you measure a chicken's happiness? Is it in the way it runs for food? How much time it spends preening? To size up what might make chickens happy in their brief lives, researchers at the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada, are putting 16 breeds through physical...

Dog Slaughterhouse to Be Bulldozed, Turned Into Park

'It was a stain on the city of Seongnam'

(Newser) - Tastes are changing in South Korea, where the country's largest dog slaughterhouse has been shut down. With fewer people eating dog meat and more people keeping dogs as pets, demand has been falling and a growing number of people consider the trade unacceptable, the BBC reports. "This is...

Lion Cub Seized During Traffic Stop
Lion Cub Rescued
From Lamborghini

Lion Cub Rescued From Lamborghini

Paris cops found it during traffic stop

(Newser) - Paris police officers found a lion cub in a Lamborghini during a traffic stop on the city's famed Champs-Elysees. The cub, named Putin but known as Dadou, is less than two months old, according to the French animal protection agency now caring for it. The agency, 30 Million Friends...

Noise Complaint Leads to 71 Beagles in 'Deplorable Conditions'

Dogs found in Pa. home are now with humane society; adoption info is forthcoming

(Newser) - Animal welfare workers say 71 beagles have been removed from "deplorable conditions" in a Pennsylvania home. Barbara Morgan, an officer with the Lehigh County Humane Society, says she expects to file charges against the owner of the home near Allentown where the dogs were discovered, the AP reports. Many...

Circus Truck Crash Causes Animal Welfare Outcry

Spain accident kills 1 elephant, injures 4

(Newser) - Authorities in southern Spain say an elephant has died and four others are recovering from injuries after a circus truck tipped over on a major highway, provoking an outcry among animal rights defenders. The truck overturned on Monday on the highway linking Albacete with Murcia after overtaking another long vehicle,...

Animal Welfare Groups Cheer San Francisco's 'Historic Act'

It becomes biggest US city to ban fur

(Newser) - San Francisco supervisors voted unanimously to ban the sale of fur Tuesday, further burnishing the city's animal-loving credentials as it becomes the largest US city to approve the prohibition. Animal welfare advocates around the world cheered news of Tuesday's vote, applauding the city for its compassion and hoping...

USDA Has Bad News for Happy Livestock

It walks away from stricter Obama-era animal welfare regulations for organic livestock

(Newser) - New rules, decades in the making, that would have required organic meat and egg producers to abide by stricter animal welfare standards were withdrawn by the feds on Monday, reports the AP , frustrating organic farmers and animal welfare groups but leaving some traditional farm groups rejoicing. The US Department of...

Firefighters Rescue 18 Piglets—Then Eat Them

The sausages were 'fantastic'

(Newser) - Back in February, British firefighters rescued 18 piglets and two sows from a burning barn where more than 60 tons of hay had caught fire. Almost exactly six months later, the Telegraph reports the firefighters reconnected with the pigs—in the form of sausages. After the two-week-old piglets were saved,...

Baby Dolphin Dies After People Can't Stop Touching It

It was dead by the time a rescue group arrived

(Newser) - A baby dolphin that beached itself on the shores of Mojacar in southeastern Spain was quickly surrounded by a mob of curious beachgoers, many out for a good selfie, reports Newsweek . The calf was likely sick or had become separated from its mother, and someone called the local emergency number....

World's 'Saddest Polar Bear' Moved, for Now

Pizza to be temporarily moved from Chinese mall—but advocates want him out of there permanently

(Newser) - Pizza the polar bear will soon "feel the sun on his fur, sniff fresh air, and see the sky above him." That per a statement from Humane Society International, announcing the transfer of the "world's saddest polar bear" from its controversial quarters in a Chinese mall,...

2 Humpbacks Saved From 'Enormously Painful' Fate

Caught in fishing lines off Mass., Calif. coastlines

(Newser) - A humpback whale off the coast of Gloucester, Mass., is lucky to be alive after a rescue team disentangled it from a slew of fishing lines, Massachusetts Environmental Police tell WCVB . The whale was first seen Wednesday morning, and by 7:30 that night, a Center for Coastal Studies team...

Woman Faces 10 Years for Taking Chained, 'Dying' Dog

She says the dog was dying and she rescued it

(Newser) - Bettina Cuce Rodriguez, a dog lover who volunteers in animal rescue, heard that a pit bill mix had been chained outside a mobile home in a rural community near Virginia Beach in bad weather and without food or water. The dog was said to be near death, and the county...

Top Zoo Body Linked to Animal Cruelty, Dolphin Hunt

Animal welfare groups blast Waza for ignoring code of ethics

(Newser) - Animal welfare groups are putting pressure on the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums to clean up its act after videos surfaced showing beatings and cramped quarters at some of the organization's 300 facilities. Though WAZA's code of ethics calls for the "highest standard of animal welfare,...

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,...

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