Latest Animal rights News

Colorado bill would prohibit traveling animal show

Apr. 12, 2021 21:20 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Colorado lawmakers moved closer to passing a bill that would prohibit using certain animals in traveling performances like circuses, facing opposition from livestock and rodeo groups who claim the measure threatens their livelihood and support from animal rights organizations....

Old documents fuel latest bid to halt Nevada lithium mine

Apr. 09, 2021 20:00 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Few people had ever heard of Tiehm’s buckwheat when conservationists filed a petition two years ago to list the desert wildflower as an endangered species. But federal documents reviewed by The Associated Press show the rare plant at the center of a...

Industry foe charged under Iowa's new food trespassing law

Apr. 08, 2021 14:40 PM EDT

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — An animal rights activist whose investigations and pranks have made him a leading foe of the livestock industry has been charged with trespassing at a pig facility, in the first case brought under Iowa’s latest law aimed at protecting farming operations from...

Judge rejects agency's pullback of effort to protect minnow

Apr. 02, 2021 23:50 PM EDT

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — A federal judge has ordered the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to consider anew whether a type of minnow that lives in the lower Colorado River's watershed should receive federal protection under the Endangered Species Act. The ruling Wednesday by...

April, the giraffe that became an online star, dies

Apr. 02, 2021 17:52 PM EDT

HARPURSVILLE, N.Y. (AP) — April, the giraffe that became a sensation when a rural New York zoo livestreamed her 2017 pregnancy and delivery, was euthanized Friday because of advancing arthritis, the zoo said. “She is a precious member of our family, and while we knew...

Animal rights group says 91 pigs died in cold at pork plant

Apr. 01, 2021 19:16 PM EDT

CRETE, Neb. (AP) — An animal rights group is demanding a criminal investigation because 91 pigs died at a Smithfield Foods plant in Nebraska after being exposed to extremely cold temperatures while waiting to be unloaded from trucks in February. The People for the...

Advocates sue to protect monarchs, Northern spotted owls

Apr. 01, 2021 17:40 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Wildlife advocates sued federal officials Thursday in a bid for greater protections for monarch butterflies, northern spotted owls and eight other species inching toward possible extinction. The move comes after federal officials have said the...

North Carolina officer resigns over K-9 mistreatment video

Apr. 01, 2021 16:02 PM EDT

SALISBURY, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina police officer captured on video swinging a police dog around on a leash and striking the animal during training has resigned from his post. Salisbury Police Officer James Hampton stepped down after a weekslong investigation that...

Feds seek end to dredging limits that protect sea turtles

Mar. 25, 2021 16:52 PM EDT

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — The federal government is close to undoing a policy that for 30 years has protected rare sea turtles from being mangled and killed by machines used to suck sediments from shipping channels in four Southern states. The Army Corps of Engineers is in...

Nebraska declares pro-meat day on Colorado meatless day

Mar. 15, 2021 15:12 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts railed Monday against a proclamation by the governor of neighboring Colorado that encourages people to avoid meat for one day a week, calling it a “direct attack on our way of life” and signing a pro-meat declaration of his own. ...