Latest Animal welfare News

Federal court finds 3rd Iowa ag-gag law unconstitutional

Sep. 27, 2022 17:23 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A federal judge has struck down the third attempt by the Iowa Legislature to stop animal welfare groups from secretly filming livestock abuse, finding once again that the law passed last year violates free speech rights in the U.S. Constitution. The decision...

California mountain lion first in study to die from mange

Sep. 27, 2022 14:11 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A mountain lion found dead in Southern California earlier this year was the first big cat in a two-decade National Park Service study to die of complications from mange, a highly contagious skin disease caused by a mite parasite, officials said. The body of the...

20 arrested, 300 dogs rescued in dogfighting raids in SC

Sep. 26, 2022 14:09 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — More than 20 people were arrested and more than 300 dogs were recued as authorities raided dogfighting kennels in South Carolina, federal prosecutors said Monday. The sting started when state and federal agents interrupted a dog fight in Richland County on...

Swiss voters OK plan to raise retirement age for women to 65

Sep. 25, 2022 12:05 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — Swiss voters on Sunday narrowly backed a proposal to raise the retirement age for women from 64 to 65, public broadcaster SRF reported. A separate proposal to impose stricter animal welfare rules for livestock was heading for a big defeat, SRF also reported. ...

Swiss mull animal welfare, women's pensions in weekend votes

Sep. 24, 2022 08:43 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — Switzerland is considering whether to improve the living conditions of its livestock and whether women should work a year longer before becoming eligible for full benefits under the state pension scheme. Swiss voters cast ballots on Sunday in one of their country's...

NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week

Sep. 23, 2022 10:52 AM EDT

A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these are legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked them out. Here are the facts: ___ Ad misleads on treaty regulating...

Some say 2022 alligator season in Louisiana is gonna be good

Sep. 17, 2022 10:08 AM EDT

HOUMA, La. (AP) — Alligator season is underway in Louisiana, and with meat prices high, people within the industry expect a good year. Alligators bring in an estimated $250 million to the state annually, according to the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Department. ...

US warns monkeypox could mutate to resist antiviral drug

Sep. 15, 2022 15:21 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. health officials are warning against overuse of the lone drug available to treat monkeypox, saying that even a small mutation in the virus could render the pills ineffective. The Food and Drug Administration updated its guidance this week for Tpoxx, which has...

Old Spanish festival ends without gore, but bull still dies

Sep. 13, 2022 10:56 AM EDT

TORDESILLAS, Spain (AP) — Hundreds of people took part Tuesday in a centuries-old Spanish bull-chasing festival, but under orders once again that the animal — which is eventually killed in any case — should not be harmed with spears or darts. The Toro de La Vega (The Bull in...

Endangered status sought for snail near Nevada lithium mine

Sep. 12, 2022 21:57 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Conservationists are seeking Endangered Species Act protection for a tiny snail half the size of a pea that is known to exist only in high-desert springs near a huge lithium mine planned in Nevada along the Oregon state line. The Western Watersheds Project filed...