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South Korea to launch task force on banning dog meat

Nov. 25, 2021 09:57 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea on Thursday said it will launch a task force to consider outlawing dog meat consumption after the country’s president offered to look into ending the centuries-old practice. Restaurants that serve dog meat are dwindling in South...

Hong Kong declares wild boars fair game after animal attacks

Nov. 18, 2021 11:05 AM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong authorities have had enough of wild boars. An increasing number of attacks by the animals, including one that bit a police officer last week, triggered an operation Wednesday night in a district less than half an hour’s drive from Hong...

Feds pledge $2.7M in funds for Klamath Basin salmon recovery

Nov. 15, 2021 15:58 PM EST

KLAMATH, Calif. (AP) — The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation has announced $2.7 million in funding for projects aimed at helping coho salmon in the Klamath River basin. The species is listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act and has seen its numbers dwindle amid...

Lions, tigers and an unbearable year at Jack Hanna's zoo

Nov. 13, 2021 08:36 AM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium had a bear of a year. It began Jan. 1, the first day of famous zookeeper Jack Hanna's retirement after 42 years as the beloved celebrity director-turned-ambassador of the nation’s second-largest zoo. ...

Fight over US wolf protections goes before federal judge

Nov. 12, 2021 13:47 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A U.S. government attorney urged a federal judge Friday to uphold a decision from the waning days of the Trump administration that lifted protections for gray wolves across most of the country, as Republican-led states have sought to drive down wolf numbers through...

Wildlife officials set wolf trapping season amid concerns

Nov. 11, 2021 13:37 PM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Wildlife officials have announced a one-month trapping season for wolves on and near southeast Alaska's Prince of Wales Island despite concerns conservationists have raised about the population. A statement from the Alaska Department of Fish and...

Feds abandon plan to shrink habitat of rare red wolves

Nov. 10, 2021 19:32 PM EST

Federal wildlife officials overseeing the world's only wild population of endangered red wolves announced Wednesday that they are abandoning a 2018 plan to limit the animals' territory and loosen protections for wolves that strayed from that area. The U.S. Fish and...

'Tiger King' Joe Exotic says he has 'aggressive cancer'

Nov. 04, 2021 11:05 AM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The man known as “Tiger King,” who gained fame in a Netflix documentary following his conviction for trying to hire someone to kill an animal rights activist, says he has cancer. “It is with a sad face that I have to tell you ... that my...

'Greatest Show On Earth' circus may return without animals

Oct. 27, 2021 11:51 AM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Four years after the “Greatest Show On Earth” shut down, officials are planning to bring back the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus — without animal acts. An announcement is expected sometime next year, according to Nicole...

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...