Latest Animal welfare News

House passes bill to drop legal protections for gray wolves

Nov. 16, 2018 1:01 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican-controlled House passed a bill Friday to drop legal protections for gray wolves across the lower 48 states, reopening a lengthy battle over the predator species. Long despised by farmers and ranchers, wolves were shot, trapped and poisoned out of existence in most of the...

Study finds healthy group of polar bears in sea near Alaska

Nov. 15, 2018 8:44 PM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The first formal count of polar bears in waters between the United States and Russia indicates they're doing better than some of their cousins elsewhere. Polar bears are listed as a threatened species because of diminished sea ice due to climate change. But university and federal...

Farm animals may soon get new features through gene editing

Nov. 15, 2018 7:53 AM EST

OAKFIELD, N.Y. (AP) — Cows that can withstand hotter temperatures. Cows born without pesky horns. Pigs that never reach puberty. A company wants to alter farm animals by adding and subtracting genetic traits in a lab. It sounds like science fiction, but Recombinetics sees opportunity for its technology in...

Yupik the polar bear dies after 25 years in warm Mexican zoo

Nov. 14, 2018 6:45 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Yupik the polar bear died after spending more than 25 years in a barren enclosure at a warm Mexican zoo, and activists said Wednesday the zoo had resisted efforts to transfer her to a more suitable climate. The Benito Juarez zoo in the city of Morelia in western Mexico said Yupik died at...

China postpones on allowing tiger bone, rhino horn trading

Nov. 12, 2018 11:34 PM EST

BEIJING (AP) — China is postponing its decision to allow trading in tiger and rhinoceros parts a bare two weeks after the easing of the ban had raised fears the country was giving legal cover to poaching and smuggling of endangered wildlife. The official Xinhua News Agency quoted Cabinet official Ding...

Are Oregon's cougars being overhunted? Experts disagree

Nov. 11, 2018 3:05 PM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A fatal cougar attack has reignited debates over hound hunting and cougar management in Oregon. Groups of Oregonians, particularly hound hunters, say that Oregon's cougar population is growing out of control. Cougar advocates, on the other hand, say that Oregon is over-hunting...

Bureau of Land Management ends plan to sterilize wild horses

Nov. 8, 2018 5:02 PM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Court records show the U.S. Bureau of Land Management intends to scratch plans to spay wild horses in an effort to address overpopulation on Oregon public lands. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports the development comes after U.S. District Court Judge Michael W. Mosman on Friday issued a...

Florida voters choose to phase out greyhound racing by 2021

Nov. 8, 2018 2:05 PM EST

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Florida voters decided to phase out greyhound racing in the state by 2021, meaning thousands of dogs will soon need new homes. The state voted 69 to 31 percent Tuesday to pass Amendment 13, which bans the sport beginning on Jan. 1, 2021. It is an overwhelming defeat for an...

Bond between donkey, emu may make adoption difficult

Nov. 8, 2018 5:31 AM EST

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina animal shelter says the close bond between a donkey and an emu that can barely stand to be separated may complicate an adoption. The Charlotte Observer reports the male donkey and female emu were rescued from Kershaw, South Carolina when their owner suddenly vanished...

Macedonia pledges action after girl drowns fleeing dog pack

Nov. 6, 2018 3:23 PM EST

SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — Macedonia's government has pledged to revise legislation on stray animals after a teenage girl drowned in a river while trying to escape a pack of feral dogs. Police say the dogs went after the girl on Monday in a public park in the city of Gostivar. The 17-year-old's body was...