Tag: Animal Abuse, Rights and Welfare

German Police Look Into Killing of Rare Bird and Vigilantes’ Payback

BERLIN — It was a most surprising case for the police: An endangered bird may have attacked two men in a forest, they attacked and killed the bird, and a crowd attacked the two men. Less surprising, alcohol was involved. Now, with the body of a western capercaillie as evidence, the authorities in southwestern Germany […]

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The Vegetarians Who Turned Into Butchers

At Western Daughters Butcher Shoppe in Denver, Kate Kavanaugh trimmed the sinew from a deep-red hunk of beef the size of a bed pillow. “Flatiron steak is the second-most tender muscle in a steer’s body,” she said, focused on her knife work. “This guy sits on the scapula, and I love it because it has […]

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Stealing Lauri

LAURINBURG, N.C. — The swine kidnappers gathered at a North Carolina motel just before dusk. “Does everyone feel comfortable with the possibility of doing jail time?” Wayne Hsiung, an animal-rights activist, asked his volunteers, among them a barista, a third-grade schoolteacher and a Berkeley undergrad. They nodded. The risk would be worth it, Mr. Hsiung […]

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Got Impossible Milk? The Quest for Lab-Made Dairy

In recent years, the alternatives to conventional cows’ milk have proliferated. The local grocery store is likely to offer any number of plant-based options: milks made from soy, almonds, oats, rice, hemp, coconuts, cashews, pea plants and more. But most nondairy milks pale in comparison to cows’ milk. Plant-based milks are made by breaking down […]

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Zoos Called It a ‘Rescue.’ But Are the Elephants Really Better Off?

The “Elephants of the Zambezi River Valley” enclosure at the Sedgwick County Zoo in Wichita, Kan., is a dreamscape idyll of an elephant’s natural home: five and a half sprawling acres of tree-dotted mock savanna and a 550,000-gallon pond where boated people and wading pachyderms can nearly meet on opposite sides of a discreetly submerged […]

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Man Charged After 3 King Cobras and Scores of Turtles Are Seized From His Home

Nearly a year after the authorities seized about 300 animals from an upstate New York man in what they called the largest seizure of illegal reptiles in state history, officials said they filed numerous charges against him. A tip led the authorities to the home of the man, William Engelder, in Allegany, N.Y., about 70 […]

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Chobani Turns to Fair-Trade Program to Help Struggling Dairy Industry

The fair-trade label was created decades ago to help artisans in developing nations. Now, there are fair-trade soccer balls, fair-trade soaps and fair-trade ice pops. Next up for the movement: the American dairy industry. The yogurt maker Chobani is working with Fair Trade USA, a nonprofit group in Oakland, Calif., on creating a label that […]

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Everyone Wants a Rescue Dog. Not Everyone Can Have One.

HOUSTON — Jonathan Martinez was standing near an empty cage at the municipal animal shelter here looking dejected. A 25-year-old accountant, he was getting married soon and he and his fiancée wanted to make a dog a part of their new life together. But every time he saw a dog he liked on an online […]

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How Horse Racing Went Horribly Wrong at Santa Anita

ARCADIA, Calif. — On the morning of March 29, Santa Anita Park was reopening for racing for the first time in three weeks after the mystifying deaths of nearly two dozen horses. Satellite trucks, national news reporters and animal rights activists converged for what had become a macabre death watch. But California regulators were watching […]

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Illegal Bird Smuggling Is Fueled by Finch-Singing Contests in New York

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] Some bet as much as $200. Others wager as little as breakfast or a beer. The real prize — bragging rights and status — goes to the owner of the bird that sings the most vigorously during the competitions […]

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In Thailand, You Can Ride an Elephant. But Should You?

More than half of Thailand’s 7,000 elephants live in captivity. It’s been that way ever since 1989, when the country suspended almost all of the commercial logging that had employed them for generations. Jobless elephants, often with their keepers, ended up on the streets, wandering across farmlands or taking shelter in dangerous spots like highway […]

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188 Sickly Dogs Hoarded by a One-Time Top Breeder at Westminster

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] There was a time when the mention of the two high-end dog breeders came with a shower of praise and admiration. The New Jersey couple at the helm of Rocky Ridge Russells kennel could proudly boast of dozens of […]

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Newsom, Citing 29 Horse Deaths, Calls for Hold on Racing at Santa Anita Park

Gov. Gavin Newsom of California called on Tuesday for a moratorium on racing at Santa Anita Park until the horses are evaluated by independent veterinarians, after the thoroughbred death toll at the track reached 29 this week. “I continue to be troubled by the horse deaths at Santa Anita Park,” Mr. Newsom said in a […]

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London Zoo Defends Return of Late-Night Parties Among the Animals

LONDON — One man poured beer on a tiger. Another tore off his shirt and attempted to enter the penguin pool. Music blared and drinks flowed. Those were some of the scenes described during the 2014 season of London Zoo’s late-night adult-only event, which is billed as a way to bring people closer to the […]

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Cat Declawing Is Banned by New York State Lawmakers

ALBANY — New York lawmakers on Tuesday passed a ban on cat declawing, putting the state on the cusp of being the first to outlaw the procedure. The bill, which had been fought for several years by some veterinary groups, would outlaw several types of declawing surgeries except in cases of medical necessity, and forbid […]

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Saving Charlie: A Rush to Rescue Stranded Cats and Dogs from Oklahoma Floods

WEBBERS FALLS, Okla. — Shawn Smith, a volunteer firefighter, risked his life for the people of his flooded town on the Arkansas River in eastern Oklahoma. And not just for the people. Mr. Smith waded into waist-high floodwaters in one evacuated house over the weekend and came out holding Sammich, a scared gray-and-white cat, one […]

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