Latest Animal welfare News

Saving pets: Program lends hand to low-income animal owners

Sep. 18, 2019 9:56 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Of all the animals peering sadly through the cage bars of shelters across the country, 25% of them once had an owner who gave them up for one reason or another, according to national statistics. Those who did because they could no longer afford a pet have been getting some help over the past...

Saving pets: Program lends hand to low-income animal owners

Sep. 18, 2019 1:32 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Of all the animals peering sadly through the cage bars of shelters across the country, 25% of them once had an owner who gave them up for one reason or another, according to national statistics. Those who did because they could no longer afford a pet have been getting some help over the past...

Rare California trout species returns to native habitat

Sep. 18, 2019 1:06 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — For the first time in nearly a century, a rare California trout species will swim in a mountain creek that is its native habitat, marking a major milestone that conservationists hope will lead to a thriving population and removal of its threatened status. About 30 Paiute cutthroat trout...

California governor plans to veto environmental rules bill

Sep. 14, 2019 10:48 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Saturday he will buck Democratic legislative leaders by vetoing legislation aimed at stopping the Trump administration from weakening oversight of longstanding federal environmental laws in California. His announcement came less than a day...

Fisherman gets 10 days for dragging live shark behind boat

Sep. 14, 2019 10:41 AM EDT

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) — A Florida fisherman will spend five weekends in jail after pleading guilty to misdemeanor animal cruelty for dragging a live shark by the tail from a boat. The Bradenton Herald reports that Robert Benac III will also pay a $2,500 fine, perform 250 hours of service at an animal...

France bans shows by ailing bear following abuse complaints

Sep. 13, 2019 11:48 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — French authorities have banned the owners of a sick bear from displaying the animal in public shows after an inspection found that it suffered from severe health problems and was being held under poor conditions. Friday's rare move by the Environment Ministry followed complaints by animal...

Georgia sheriff: 43 dogs saved, 2 arrested in Maltipoo mill

Sep. 12, 2019 7:11 AM EDT

MACON, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia sheriff says deputies shut down a puppy mill, removing a dead puppy and 43 dogs, some with severe injuries, from a home with "deplorable conditions." The dogs were a mix of poodles and Maltese, and Maltipoo puppies. Monroe County Animal Shelter Director Dawn Kennedy says seven...

Suit targets California hunting rules that allow GPS on dogs

Sep. 10, 2019 6:42 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Animal rights groups are suing California over rules that allow animals to be hunted with the aid of hunting dogs wearing GPS tracking devices on their collars. The Animal Legal Defense Fund, which filed the lawsuit last week in Sacramento Superior Court, called the hunting method...

EPA to scale back use of animals to test chemical toxicity

Sep. 10, 2019 6:06 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency is aiming to reduce and eventually eliminate the use of mammals to test the toxicity of chemicals, a move backed by animal rights groups but criticized as irresponsible by a leading environmental organization. A directive signed Tuesday by EPA...

2 Singaporeans among California boat fire victims

Sep. 6, 2019 8:00 PM EDT

From a veteran water polo coach to a Singaporean data scientist, the passengers aboard the ill-fated Conception dive boat were linked by their love for the water. Here are the victims who have been identified so far from the deadly fire that engulfed the vessel, killing 34 people off California's wind-swept...