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PETA seeks US probe of repeatedly cited Nevada meatpacker

Aug. 12, 2020 4:07 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Animal rights activists are urging the Justice Department to open a criminal investigation into a Nevada meatpacker that's been cited three times in two years on accusations of inhumane handling and slaughtering of livestock. The U.S. Agriculture Department temporarily suspended...

FILE - This Nov. 20, 2013 file photo shows the Meadowlands race track in East Rutherford, N.J. Two years after filing a first-of-its-kind lawsuit, an aggrieved harness-racing bettor has received $20,000 in the settlement of his claims that he was cheated out of his winnings when a doped horse won a race in New Jersey in 2016. The settlement was reached in July 2020. (AP Photo/Mel Evans, File)

Aggrieved bettor gets $20,000 in unique horse-doping lawsuit

Aug. 12, 2020 10:58 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — An aggrieved harness-racing bettor received $20,000 in the settlement of a first-of-its-kind lawsuit in which he claimed he was cheated out of his winnings when a doped horse won a race in New Jersey in 2016. After the lawsuit was filed in March 2018, leading figures in harness racing said...

Casper considers ban on feeding feral cats, some oppose idea

Aug. 11, 2020 4:28 PM EDT

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — A Wyoming city is considering a ban on feeding feral cats, a proposal supported by animal control officers and wildlife advocates but opposed by others. The Casper City Council plans a final vote on the proposed ban in the weeks ahead. The animal shelter in Casper took in over 1,500...

Volunteers rescue dozens of dolphins stranded on beach

Aug. 10, 2020 11:28 PM EDT

WELLFLEET, Mass. (AP) — Nearly 50 dolphins were stranded on a beach on Cape Cod, Massachusetts, over the weekend and needed to be rescued by dozens of volunteers, officials said. The International Fund for Animal Welfare said some 45 dolphins were found stranded by harbor officials in Wellfleet on Sunday...

Sharpshooting debated as method to reduce Idaho elk numbers

Aug. 10, 2020 6:44 PM EDT

TWIN FALLS, Idaho (AP) — The growth of the elk population in parts of Idaho has caused state wildlife officials to step up efforts to reduce the number of animals damaging private property with various methods, including nighttime sharpshooters. Idaho Fish and Game said wildlife officers killed 206 elk...

Regulators find shad, an important fish, are 'depleted'

Aug. 10, 2020 12:57 PM EDT

Overfishing, dams and pollution are among the factors that have steeply reduced the population of an ecologically important fish on the East Coast, regulators have said. The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission recently completed an assessment of the population of American shad and found it to be...

Endangered Indiana bats losing habitat near Indiana airport

Aug. 9, 2020 12:02 AM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indiana bat, a state and federally endangered species, spends the winter hibernating in caves. But, over time, one of its favorite springtime hangouts has increasingly become well, less bat friendly. That home? The area around the Indianapolis International Airport. As Indianapolis...

Officials say Omaha puppy euthanized after rabies exposure

Aug. 7, 2020 2:09 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — An Omaha family’s puppy was euthanized this week after being exposed to rabies, the Nebraska Humane Society reported. The group said it's the first time in five years a pet in Douglas has had to be euthanized due to rabies exposure, the Omaha World-Herald reported. The family...

Dogs lay in a cage in a slaughterhouse as they wait for the FOUR PAWS International, rescue them at Chi Meakh village in Kampong Thom province north of Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020. Animal rights activists in Cambodia have gained a small victory in their effort to end the trade in dog meat, convincing a canine slaughterhouse in one village to abandon the business. (AP Photo/Heng Sinith)

Cambodian butcher quits dog meat trade, shuts slaughterhouse

Aug. 6, 2020 8:28 PM EDT

CHI MEAKH, Cambodia (AP) — Animal rights activists in Cambodia have gained a small victory in their effort to end the trade in dog meat, convincing a canine slaughterhouse in one village to abandon the business. Buth Pith and his wife Khath Hach this week shut down the small abattoir they had operated for...

Animal rights group: Feds should probe cockfighting breeders

Aug. 6, 2020 4:43 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — An animal rights group is calling for a tougher enforcement of cockfighting breeders, alleging some in Kentucky are illegally shipping birds overseas. The group Animal Wellness Action held an online news briefing Thursday alongside Chris Gorman, a former Kentucky attorney general,...