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US judge: Pablo Escobar's cocaine hippos legally 'people'

Oct. 25, 2021 14:21 PM EDT

The offspring of hippos once owned by Colombian drug kingpin Pablo Escobar can be recognized as people or “interested persons” with legal rights in the U.S. following a federal court order. The case involves a lawsuit against the Colombian government over whether to...

Overcrowded animal shelter seeks emergency funding

Oct. 24, 2021 12:27 PM EDT

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) — A sharp increase in the number of sheltered animals threatens the financial survival of the Tupelo-Lee Humane Society, according to the nonprofit organization’s leadership. The Daily Journal reports key government figures from the city of Tupelo...

Is there a constitutional right to food? Mainers to decide

Oct. 23, 2021 09:06 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Depending on whom you ask, Maine’s proposed “right to food” constitutional amendment would simply put people in charge of how and what they eat — or would endanger animals and food supplies, and turn urban neighborhoods into cattle pastures. ...

Judge issues injunction blocking Wisconsin fall wolf hunt

Oct. 22, 2021 18:32 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A judge on Friday halted Wisconsin's fall wolf season two weeks before hunters were set to take to the woods, siding with wildlife advocacy groups who argued that holding the hunt would be unconstitutional. Dane County Circuit Judge Jacob Frost...

Williams nominated to lead US Fish and Wildlife Service

Oct. 22, 2021 13:09 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Martha Williams, the former director of Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, was nominated Thursday by President Joe Biden to lead the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Williams was appointed shortly after Biden's inauguration to serve as...

97 dogs removed from facility in southwestern Missouri

Oct. 19, 2021 14:42 PM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The Humane Society of Missouri on Tuesday removed nearly 100 dogs, including several puppies, from a southwestern Missouri facility, alleging the dogs suffered from severe neglect. The St. Louis-based Humane Society said in a news release that 97 dogs...

More than 100 dogs found in home, SPCA caring for dozens

Oct. 18, 2021 10:38 AM EDT

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — After more than 100 dogs were found living inside an Eastern Shore home, the Virginia Beach SPCA said it has received 45 of those dogs. The group said in a social media post that it will keep most of the 45 dogs it received on Saturday, but...

Animal shelters in SC swamped with strays, surrendered pets

Oct. 18, 2021 00:02 AM EDT

ABBEVILLE, S.C. (AP) — Not all pandemic victims walk on two legs. Four-legged victims are flooding area animal shelters. The impact goes beyond finding homes for dogs. Staff at shelters in Abbeville and Greenwood are squeezed for time to work with animals to assure they...

California OKs new protections for leatherback sea turtles

Oct. 15, 2021 16:54 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California has added the Pacific leatherback sea turtle to its endangered species list, guaranteeing more protections for a rapidly dwindling population. The California Fish and Game Commission voted Thursday to add the turtles under the...

Editorial Roundup: Kentucky

Oct. 13, 2021 17:41 PM EDT

Frankort State Journal. October 7, 2021. Editorial: Groundbreaking for new animal shelter is welcome news There was welcome news from the Franklin County Humane Society earlier this week. The organization, which marks its 76th anniversary this month,...