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Faeroese govt to review hunt rules after dolphin slaughter

Sep. 16, 2021 11:57 AM EDT

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — The Faeroese government said Thursday that it will review the way hunts of Atlantic white-sided dolphins are carried out following the release of gruesome video footage showing the mass killing on Sunday of nearly 1,500 sea mammals. The extent...

Animal rights group: Faeroes should end dolphin slaughters

Sep. 15, 2021 12:19 PM EDT

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — The international animal rights group Sea Shepherd said Wednesday it hopes that pressure will build from within the Faeroe Islands to end its traditional drive of sea mammals into shallow water, where they are slaughtered for their meat and blubber. ...

Lawsuit: Dam operator is violating Endangered Species Act

Sep. 09, 2021 17:22 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Environmental groups contend four Kennebec River dams are violating federal law by harming endangered Atlantic salmon. Brookfield Renewable U.S. is violating the federal Endangered Species Act because an exemption spelling out limits on the death...

Gray wolf spotted in Kern County for 1st time in decades

Sep. 01, 2021 20:45 PM EDT

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (AP) — A gray wolf was spotted in Kern County earlier this year, the farthest south the species has traveled since being reintroduced in California after going extinct, wildlife officials said. The collared gray wolf was captured on a trail camera ...

Mystic Aquarium requests to resume research; whale improving

Aug. 31, 2021 18:28 PM EDT

Officials at Mystic Aquarium are asking that they be allowed to resume research on four beluga whales, which was halted following the death of the fifth whale imported this spring from Canada. The request is part of a three-page report made public Monday by the...

Snail darter, tiny and notorious, is no longer endangered

Aug. 31, 2021 10:42 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The snail darter, a tiny fish that notoriously blocked a federal dam project in Tennessee decades ago, should no longer be on the endangered species list, federal officials announced on Tuesday. Arguing that the fish is no longer in danger of...

Wolves in Idaho, Montana could get federal oversight

Aug. 25, 2021 17:43 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Two conservation groups asked the Biden administration to reinstate a federal monitoring program to oversee the management of gray wolves in Idaho and Montana following changes in wolf hunting laws in the two states intended to drastically reduce wolf numbers. ...

Second beluga in failing health after move to Connecticut

Aug. 25, 2021 12:41 PM EDT

Mystic Aquarium says that a second of the five beluga whales it imported in May from a marine park in Canada is in failing health. Tuesday night's revelation comes three weeks after a male beluga, who was also part of the group that arrived from Marineland in Niagara...

Appeals court blocks enforcement of Kansas' 'ag-gag' law

Aug. 20, 2021 15:23 PM EDT

BELLE PLAINE, Kan. (AP) — A federal appeals court has blocked enforcement of provisions in a Kansas law that ban the secret filming at slaughterhouses and other livestock facilities, finding that the statute seeks to stifle speech critical of animal agriculture. A...

New federal rule protects southern resident orcas down coast

Aug. 12, 2021 08:02 AM EDT

BREMERTON, Wash. (AP) — A federal rule that went into effect July 30 expands protected habitat for the endangered southern resident orcas down the West Coast. The Center for Biological Diversity pushed for the protections, which designate 15,910 square miles of habitat...