Animal Welfare

Smoking orangutan riles anger against zoo in Indonesia

Mar 8, 2018

A video of an orangutan smoking has again brought criticism of a zoo in Indonesia infamous for past animal welfare troubles

Iditarod musher claims race official threatened him

Mar 8, 2018

Alleged intimidation is another black mark for the Iditarod, Alaska's long-distance sled dog race already reeling from a dog doping scandal, loss of a major sponsor and increased pressure from animal rights activists

Bettor sues harness-racing trainer for loss linked to doping

Mar 7, 2018

An aggrieved harness-racing bettor is seeking to recoup more than $31,000 in losses in an unusual lawsuit alleging racketeering and fraud on the part of the trainer whose horse outraced the bettor's picks but later was found to have been illegally doped

The Latest: Libel suit threatened in horse doping case

Mar 7, 2018

A harness-racing bettor is seeking to recoup more than $31,000 in losses in a horse doping lawsuit, but the trainer's lawyer is demanding he drop it or face a libel suit

Biologists turn to citizens, DNA to count urban Alaska moose

Mar 6, 2018

Alaska moose biologists are using DNA-extracting darts to try to survey out the moose population in Anchorage

Puppy abuse trial starts without animal rights protests

Mar 6, 2018

The trial of a Massachusetts man accused of abusing a dog so severely that it had to be euthanized is underway, but without the expected protests from animal rights advocates

Trump administration once again lifts elephant trophy ban

Mar 6, 2018

The Trump administration has quietly decided once again to allow Americans to import the body parts of African elephants shot for sport, despite presidential tweets decrying the practice as a "horror show."

Dry ice is 'die ice' for New York City's rat population

Mar 6, 2018

New York City is using dry ice to reduce its rat population; experts say frozen carbon dioxide effectively kills rats but doesn't harm birds of prey

Scientists hope to save northern white rhino from extinction

Mar 6, 2018

As the health of the world's last male northern white rhino declines in Kenya, global team pushes ahead with ambitious effort to save the subspecies from extinction with the help of the last two surviving females

Mushers hit the snowy trail as Iditarod kicks off in Alaska

Mar 5, 2018

Mushers and dogs are off and running as Alaska's Iditarod begins following a trying year for the annual sled dog race.

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