Latest Animal welfare News

Suit: Offshore drilling done in absence of required report

Jun. 21, 2018 7:08 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Three conservation groups said in a lawsuit filed Thursday that federal wildlife agencies have failed for years to complete required consultations and reporting on the effects that oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico could have on endangered species. The suit comes more than a decade...

Florida man faces up to 5 years for dogfighting conviction

Jun. 21, 2018 5:23 PM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man has been convicted of a participating in a dogfighting operation. Court records show that 32-year-old Tyler McGovern pleaded guilty in Tampa federal court this week to a felony dogfighting count, which is outlined in the federal Animal Welfare Act. He faces up to five years...

St. Louis shelters accept more dogs from outside the city

Jun. 21, 2018 3:15 PM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The Humane Society is bringing more dogs to its St. Louis shelters from around Missouri and other states. The group's Shelter Pet Transfer Program welcomes adoptable pets, mostly dogs, from other places with overcrowded shelters or few spay and neuter programs, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch...

Don't let puppy love blind you to the expense of a dog

Jun. 21, 2018 10:43 AM EDT

How much is that doggy in the window? More than you may think. New dog owners can expect to shell out $1,200 to $2,000 in the first year , and as much as $14,500 over their pup's lifetime, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. And that's just for routine costs. Emergencies...

Looking for signs of global warming? They're all around you

Jun. 19, 2018 12:36 PM EDT

GOTHIC, Colo. (AP) — David Inouye is an accidental climate scientist. More than 40 years ago, the University of Maryland biologist started studying when wildflowers, birds, bees and butterflies first appeared each spring on this mountain. These days, plants and animals are arriving at Rocky Mountain...

Primate center sued by PETA offers to give up chimps

Jun. 18, 2018 4:28 PM EDT

FESTUS, Mo. (AP) — A center in eastern Missouri is offering to give up its chimpanzees and other primates to settle a lawsuit filed by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. Lawyers for the Missouri Primate Foundation in Festus told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch Monday the center's owner, Connie Braun...

Report: Chesapeake Bay health trending upward for first time

Jun. 15, 2018 1:00 PM EDT

CAMBRIDGE, Md. (AP) — The health of the entire Chesapeake Bay is showing unprecedented signs of improvement as undersea grasses spread and the blue crab population increases. The University of Maryland said Friday that the bay's overall condition is trending upward for the first time since the school began...

Woman whose Great Danes were seized avoids jail time

Jun. 14, 2018 7:48 PM EDT

OSSIPEE, N.H. (AP) — A woman who was found guilty of housing dozens of filthy and sick Great Danes in her New Hampshire mansion will serve no jail time, but is responsible for paying back nearly $2 million for their care until they find new homes, a judge ruled Thursday. Christina Fay was sentenced on 17...

APNewsBreak: Agency considers dropping wolf protections

Jun. 14, 2018 11:41 AM EDT

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — The federal government is considering another attempt to drop legal protections for gray wolves across the lower 48 states, reopening a lengthy battle over the predator species. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Thursday told The Associated Press it has begun a science-based...

Experts say Missouri bear sightings normal for time of year

Jun. 12, 2018 1:28 PM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Bears have been suddenly showing up, dead and alive, in Missouri neighborhoods and on its roadways, but it's pretty normal for this time of year and is often just male bears looking for food or love in the wrong places. A 400-pound male black bear was found dead Sunday in the Current River...