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FILE - In this May 19, 2020 file photo people visit Joshua Tree National Park in California. The western Joshua tree will be considered for protection under the California Endangered Species Act because of threats from climate change and habitat destruction, The state's Fish and Game Commission on Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020, voted 4-0 to accept a petition that provides the yucca plants temporary protected status for one year while the agency conducts a study. After the review, commissioners will determine whether the species should be formally protected under the state law. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, file)

California accepts petition to protect western Joshua tree

Sep. 22, 2020 11:15 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The western Joshua tree will be considered for protection under the California Endangered Species Act because of threats from climate change and habitat destruction, the state Fish and Game Commission decided Tuesday. The panel voted 4-0 to accept a petition that provides the...

Polish farmers take part in a demonstration against a proposed ban on fur farms and kosher meat exports in Warsaw, Poland, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

Polish government under fire over draft animal welfare law

Sep. 16, 2020 3:44 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland’s governing conservative party has come under fire from its coalition partners and the opposition alike over a draft law that would ban fur farms and the use of animals in shows and circuses, and restrict the ritual slaughter of livestock. The proposed animal welfare...

Poland's leader backs law improving animal protections

Sep. 8, 2020 9:03 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland’s ruling party leader has called for all political groups and their supporters to back a proposed law stepping up animal rights protections in Poland. Jaroslaw Kaczynski, head of Poland’s right-wing Law and Justice party, said that not all Western European ways...

FILE - In this June 9, 2020, file photo, Chairman Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., arrives for a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington.Offshore drilling, an issue that has created some bipartisan unity in South Carolina among opponents who argue such expansion would mar the state's pristine coastline, is surfacing in a political action committee's effort to oust Graham. As the state's beaches teem with visitors on Labor Day, Lindsey Must Go PAC is flying two planes up and down the South Carolina coast, with trailing banners reading

PAC challenging SC's Graham over offshore drilling stance

Sep. 7, 2020 5:13 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Offshore drilling, an issue that has created some bipartisan unity in South Carolina among opponents who argue such expansion would mar the state's pristine coastline, is surfacing in a political action committee's effort to oust U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham. As the state's beaches teem...

FILE - In this Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020, file photo, Idaho Gov. Brad Little speaks at a news conference, at the Statehouse in Boise, Idaho. Governors from 22 Western states and Pacific territories want a bigger say in how the Trump administration defines habitat for wildlife protected under the Endangered Species Act. The Western Governors Association said in a letter Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020, to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that states should be equals in creating the new definition that could have implications for how states manage imperiled animals and plants. (Darin Oswald/Idaho Statesman via AP, File)

Governors want more say in habitat rule for at-risk wildlife

Sep. 4, 2020 5:52 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Governors from 22 Western states and Pacific territories want a bigger say in how the Trump administration defines habitat for wildlife protected under the Endangered Species Act. The new definition could have implications for how states manage imperiled animals and plants, the Western...

FILE - In this Sept. 27, 2011, file photo is a gopher frog at the Audubon Zoo in New Orleans. Federal officials are proposing on Friday, Sept. 4, 2020, changes to how the endangered species act is used following a U.S. Supreme Court ruling on habitat for the frog. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

US wildlife agency seeks to carve out areas from protections

Sep. 4, 2020 5:47 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A Trump administration proposal released Friday would allow the government to deny habitat protections for endangered animals and plants in areas that would see greater economic benefits from being developed — a change critics said could open lands to more energy development...

FILE - In this Feb. 28, 2015 file photo, a visitor views a beluga whale at the Mystic Seaport Aquarium, in Mystic, Conn. Animal rights advocates have filed a lawsuit in an effort to stop the aquarium from acquiring five more beluga whales for research, saying they would be harmed by the long voyage and losing their relationships with other belugas they've lived with at an aquarium in Canada. (Gregory Payan via AP,File)

Commerce secretary sued in plan to move whales for research

Sep. 4, 2020 12:52 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — An animals rights group is suing in federal court to stop a Connecticut aquarium from acquiring five more beluga whales for research, saying they would be harmed by the trip from Canada and by being torn from long-term relationships with others of their species. Friends of Animals,...

FILE - In this undated file photo provided by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, caribou from the Porcupine Caribou Herd migrate onto the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in northeast Alaska. Environmental groups wasted no time challenging the Trump administration's attempt to open part of an Alaska refuge where polar bears and caribou roam free to oil and gas drilling. (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service via AP, File)

2 lawsuits challenge Trump's drilling plan in Alaska refuge

Aug. 24, 2020 6:15 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Environmental groups wasted no time challenging the Trump administration’s attempt to allow oil and gas drilling in an Alaska refuge where polar bears and caribou roam. Two lawsuits filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Anchorage sought to block the Interior Department's...

Backyard farms drive increase in farm animal cruelty cases

Aug. 22, 2020 3:02 AM EDT

PLUMSTEAD, Pa. (AP) — ___ “The problem of people getting in over their heads with small-scale or backyard farming is ongoing and has been a trend with bad results for animals for many years.” ___ When animal welfare workers removed four sheep and nearly three dozen ducks and chickens from a...

FILE - In this Aug. 28, 2013, file photo, the late Joseph Maldonado-Passage, also known as Joe Exotic,  answers a question during an interview at the zoo he runs in Wynnewood, Okla. The Oklahoma zoo, featured in Netflix’s “Tiger King” documentary, has closed after federal authorities investigated it for alleged maltreatment of animals and suspended its license. The Greater Wynnewood Exotic Animal Park closed to the public after the U.S. Department of Agriculture on Monday, Aug. 17, 2020, suspended the exhibitor license for current-owner Jeff Lowe for 21 days.(AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)

'Tiger King' zoo closes after animal treatment investigation

Aug. 20, 2020 3:31 PM EDT

WYNNEWOOD, Okla. (AP) — The Oklahoma zoo featured in Netflix's “Tiger King" documentary has closed after federal authorities investigated it for alleged maltreatment of animals and suspended its license. The Greater Wynnewood Exotic Animal Park closed to the public after the U.S. Department of...