Latest Animal health News

The Latest: Senate votes to house inmates by gender identity

May. 23, 2019 6:41 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on the California Legislature (all times local): 3:30 p.m. Inmates in California prisons would be housed by their gender identity according to a bill moving through the state Legislature. The California Senate voted 29-7 on Thursday to require the California Department...

Des Moines zoo euthanizes elderly giraffe Zuri

May. 23, 2019 3:20 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Officials at a zoo in Des Moines say one of its elderly giraffes has been euthanized after suffering deteriorating health. The Blank Park Zoo said in a news release Thursday that 21-year-old Zuri was euthanized. The female giraffe was born in captivity at Lee Richardson Zoo in...

UN health agency seeks to halve number of snakebite deaths

May. 23, 2019 12:17 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The World Health Organization is publishing its first-ever global strategy to tackle the problem of snake bites, aiming to halve the number of people killed or disabled by snakes by 2030. Nearly 3 million people are bitten by potentially poisonous snakes every year, resulting in as many as...

Healthy dog euthanized for burial with owner, sparks debate

May. 22, 2019 6:23 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Veterinarians and funeral homes in Virginia are rejecting the idea that pets should be buried with their owners after a recent case in which a healthy dog was euthanized so it could lie with her owner. WWBT-TV in Richmond reports workers at one animal shelter tried to talk the executor...

Budget deals start coming together ahead of special session

May. 22, 2019 6:13 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Deals were coming together Wednesday as Gov. Tim Walz and top legislative leaders prepared for a special session to finish work on the state's next two-year budget, though their original goal of Thursday appeared out of reach. The Democratic governor, GOP Senate Majority Leader Paul...

Conservation Congress rejects CWD bounties idea

May. 22, 2019 12:10 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Conservation Congress has rejected the idea of paying bounties for deer carcasses infected with chronic wasting disease. The congress gauged support for the idea through an online survey and at its spring hearings in April. Nearly 60 percent of respondents supported the...

Stafford endures 'tough times' after wife's tumor surgery

May. 21, 2019 5:47 PM EDT

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford is juggling his job on the field and his role as a husband and father as his wife, Kelly, recovers from surgery to remove a brain tumor. "There's been some long days and some tough times," Stafford said Tuesday after joining his teammates...

Rhinoceros at Chicago's Lincoln Park Zoo gives birth to calf

May. 21, 2019 3:10 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago's Lincoln Park Zoo says an eastern black rhinoceros named Kapuki has given birth to a calf. The zoo says Kapuki was pregnant for 15 months before the calf was born Sunday night. Zoo staff members monitored her labor and are watching the rhino and her calf remotely using cameras to...

22 Tennessee racing horses sick with equine blood parasite

May. 21, 2019 8:14 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee's state veterinarian's office is investigating an outbreak of a blood parasite in a group of racing quarter horses. The office says 22 horses have tested positive for equine piroplasmosis (pir-uh-plaz-MOH'-sis) in five locations within Bedford, Rutherford and Williamson...

China's pig disease outbreak pushes up global pork prices

May. 20, 2019 9:23 PM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Hong Kong retiree Lee Wai-man loves pork fresh from the market but eats a lot less now that the price has jumped as China struggles with a deadly swine disease that has sent shockwaves through global meat markets. China produces and consumes two-thirds of the world's pork, but output is...