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Auctioneer Christie's fined for putting undocumented ivory on sale

Auctioneer Christie's has been fined 3,250 pounds ($4,750) for selling elephant ivory without the correct documentation, London police said on Tuesday. Last month, Christie's offered for sale an ivory tusk mounted on silver with a guide price of 1,200 to 1,800 pounds, a police statement said. At Hammersmith magistrates' court this week it admitted selling elephant ivory in contravention of Article 8 of Council Regulation, under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES).

Lions and dogs and bears, oh my! Pet ownership near forests

FILE - In this Nov. 11, 2015 file photo, a woman walks her dog into local open space wildland at Chautauqua Park, in Boulder, Colo. Animal welfare advocates urge pet owners living at the edge of wildland to learn as much as they can about being safe and responsible neighbors to lions, coyote and bears. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, file) Interior designer Heather Mourer and her family were considering a move from Denver when her young daughter saw a mountain lion across the street from the mid-century home in the suburbs they were considering.


Correction: Declawing Cats story

In this May 19, 2016 photo provided by Lisa Fernandez, school children interact with "Rubio," who is a poster cat for The Paw Project, an advocacy organization against feline declawing. Fernandez, a Brooklyn elementary school principal, leads a program to teach the schoolchildren about declawing and help them stage action against it. At rear left is Jacques Cadeau, Suleila Clarke, is in the foreground and Brandon Blue is at right. (Lisa Fernandez via AP) ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — In a story May 22 about a New York legislative proposal to prohibit declawing cats, The Associated Press misspelled the first name of a veterinarian. Her name is Jennifer, not Jenner, Conrad.


Bear bites one of two men who broke into North Dakota zoo, police say

Police in Minot said they responded late on Saturday to a report that David Shepard, 21, came to a hospital emergency room saying he had been attacked by a bear. Shepard stuck his arm through the bars of the enclosure aiming to entice one of the bears to come closer, and a bear bit his right hand, police said in a statement posted on Facebook.

World's second-oldest female Bornean orangutan dies at Illinois zoo

(Reuters) - A 54-year-old orangutan at the Brookfield Zoo outside Chicago has been euthanized due to worsening health problems, after becoming the second oldest female Bornean orangutan known to exist in the world, zoo officials said on Saturday. The zoo said in a statement the animal, called Maggie, died on Friday. Maggie, who had a reputation for curiosity and intelligence, was born at the San Diego Zoo in 1961 and gave birth to four offspring there before serving as a surrogate mother to two infant orangutans, the statement said.

Iowa zoo expecting rare baby eastern black rhino this fall

File-In this Feb. 12, 2013, file photo, Ayana, a female black rhinoceros, snacks on twigs from her cage at the Blank Park Zoo in Des Moines, Iowa. Ayana and Kiano, eastern black rhinos at Blank Park Zoo in Des Moines, are expecting a baby in late October or early November. Ayana's pregnancy is the first confirmed among the eastern black rhino zoo population in almost two years, experts say, marking a major turning point in the species' decades long decline. (Bryon Houlgrave/The Des Moines Register via AP) DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A zoo in Iowa is expecting a new and rare addition in the fall: an eastern black rhinoceros.


Cannes: 'Toni Erdmann,' 'Dogs' Take Fipresci Prizes

French cannibal pic 'Raw' also received an honor for best first film in a sidebar.

Spanish region bans bull killing in traditional festivals

A horseman stabs a bull with a spear during the 'Toro de la Vega' festival in Tordesillas on September 17, 2013 Authorities in the Spanish region of Castilla y Leon on Thursday announced a ban on the killing of bulls during traditional festivals, in a partial victory for animal rights activists. The decree targets the northern region's controversial Toro de la Vega bull run, which takes place every year in the town of Tordesillas and sees crowds on foot and horseback chase the animal, taking stabs at it with lances until they kill it. "The government has approved... a decree banning the death of bulls in public in popular and traditional taurine events," authorities in Castilla y Leon said in a statement.


Dogs to dust: pets get send-off with a human touch

The Wider Image: Pets get send-off with a human touch By Meredith McGrath BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Chantal Detimmerman weeps at the funeral parlor as she spends a last few moments with her beloved Chico who has been prepared for cremation and laid out in a dog basket. "Arthur was a special duck," said Myrian Waeles, who nuzzles her nose against the mallard's green head as she poses for photographs for a Reuters Wider Image feature, at her home in nearby Lennik, a town west of Brussels. "Having Arthur, stuffed next to me, comforts me." Patrick Pendville set up the funeral service after seeing first-hand what animal disposal often looks, and smells, like.


PETA Tells Justin Bieber to Say "Sorry" After Latest Big-Cat Photo

The organization called the singer's recent lion-cub pictures "cruelty, not conservation."

Lessons from a Baby Bison's Death: Don't. Touch. Wildlife.

Lessons from a Baby Bison's Death: Don't. Touch. Wildlife. What began as a well-intentioned but ill-informed act ended with the death of a young wild animal recently at Yellowstone National Park. During the week of May 9, visitors to Yellowstone came across a solitary bison calf. Later, the newborn calf was released back into the wild, and the National Park Service (NPS) issued the visitors a citation, according to a statement from the NPS released May 16.


U.S. FDA approves first appetite-stimulating drug for dogs

(Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the first drug to stimulate appetite in dogs, Aratana Therapeutics Inc, which developed the treatment, said on Tuesday. The drug, Entyce, is a flavored oral liquid that works by mimicking ghrelin, the hunger hormone, and will be launched by February 2017, the company said. Nearly 10 million dogs suffer from a lack of appetite, Chief Executive Steven Peter said in a statement.

Therapy dogs help New York immigrant kids clear reading hurdles

Maita reads with Leslie Hight, a therapy dog handler for New York Therapy Animals, and Izzy, a Reading Education Assistance Dog therapy dog, at Public School 57 in the Spanish Harlem section of New York By Barbara Goldberg NEW YORK (Reuters) - Izzy rested his chin on the knee of third grader Aelane Vasquez at Public School 57 in the Spanish Harlem section of New York City on Monday and hung on every word she easily read aloud from a book that would have stumped her months ago. Therapy dogs like Izzy, a gray Havanese, are the heart, soul and wagging tail of a literacy program in schools and libraries called Reading Education Assistance Dogs (READ) that encourages young readers. "I love reading to Izzy because he listens to me and he doesn't make fun of me when I make a mistake," said Vasquez, 9, who read "Cam Jansen: The Mystery of the Circus Clown." Immigrant children face the added challenge of mastering English as a second language, a hurdle for many at P.S. 57, where families like Vasquez's hail from countries like Mexico, Dominican Republic and Ecuador, said officials from Intermountain Therapy Animals, which founded READ in 1999.


Bolt for freedom ends for Dutch tigers on the loose

A few hours of freedom ended for two Bengal tigers that escaped from a big cat shelter in the Dutch countryside on Saturday, when police managed to sedate them and get them back in their enclosure. Now checking if they're sleeping deeply," said local police officer Jan Graafstra in a tweet before it was confirmed they were back home.

Birth of rare Sumatran rhino hailed as major boost

Female rhino Ratu gave birth to her calf on May 12 at a rhino sanctuary in Lampung, Indonesia The rare birth of a Sumatran rhino in Indonesia has been hailed a victory for the critically endangered species, which has been almost wiped out in the wild by poaching and habitat destruction. Conservationists wept in joy as the healthy female calf was born on western Sumatra island on Thursday, just the fifth rhino of its kind born in a breeding facility. The newborn was walking within hours and has since grown stronger, feeding and bonding with its mother, a conservationist at the rhino sanctuary in Sumatra told AFP.


Erdogan to West: Care about Syrians as much as gay weddings

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses his supporters in Ankara, Turkey, Thursday, May 12, 2016. Erdogan says his country is gearing up to "clear" the Syrian side of its frontier in response to cross-border fire from the Islamic State group. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici) ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has slammed Western countries, saying they care more about gay and animal rights than the fate of conflict-stricken Syrians.


Rare Sumatran rhino born in Indonesia

Female rhino Ratu gave birth to her calf on May 12 at a rhino sanctuary in Lampung, Indonesia A Sumatran rhino gave birth to a female calf at a sanctuary in Indonesia on Thursday, taking the critically endangered species a step further away from extinction. The baby was born at 5:40 am on western Sumatra island, and within hours was walking around and feeding from its mother, authorities said. "We are very thankful for this birth, as Sumatran rhinos are rare animals," environment ministry spokesman Novrizal Tahar told AFP.


Critics demand improvements at Indonesia's 'zoo of death'

File photo of a female elephant receiving treatment at a Surabaya zoo in East Java province By Prasto Wardoyo and Heru Asprihanto SURABAYA, Indonesia (Reuters) - So many animals have perished at Indonesia's biggest zoo that wildlife activists call it the "zoo of death" and are demanding an overhaul of its management. Activists say many of the more than 2,200 animals at the zoo in the city of Surabaya are crowded into cages and enclosures far too small for them, and they also face a shortage of proper feed. One of the latest losses was a rare Sumatran tiger that died unexpectedly last month.


That Scary Boat in the Cannes Harbor? It's Filled With Conservationists!

The Sam Simon is an antipoaching vessel named a­fter the late 'Simpsons' co-creator and owned by the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, an animal-rights group dedicated to marine causes.

US won't appeal court rulings on lesser prairie chicken

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The U.S. government said Wednesday that it won't appeal recent court rulings in Texas that stripped the lesser prairie chicken of federal protection under the Endangered Species Act.

U.S. plan to lift Yellowstone grizzly protections faces mounting opposition

A grizzly bear and her two cubs approach the carcass of a bison in Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming By Laura Zuckerman SALMON, Idaho (Reuters) - A U.S. government plan to lift Endangered Species Act protection of the grizzly bear in and around Yellowstone National Park drew a torrent of criticism from environmentalists and Indian tribes as the public comment period for the proposal came to a close on Wednesday. Much of the discontent has focused on the prospect of grizzlies in the region becoming open to trophy hunting under state management plans put in place once federal safeguards are removed. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service formally proposed in March that grizzlies in the Yellowstone area - spanning parts of Wyoming, Montana and Idaho - be removed from the list of threatened species, citing data showing their numbers have rebounded to healthy levels.


Wolves born at Brookfield Zoo released into wild of Arizona

In this April 30, 2016, photo provided by the Chicago Zoological Society, CZS veterinary and animal care staff perform neonatal examinations on Blaze and Brooke, two 5-day-old Mexican gray wolf pups prior to their departure from Brookfield Zoo in Brookfield, Ill. As part of the Mexican Gray Wolf Recovery Program, the pups were flown to be placed in the Arizona-based Elk Horn Pack of wild wolves, which will foster them with its own litter. (Chicago Zoological Society via AP) BROOKFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Two Mexican gray wolf pups born at the Brookfield Zoo outside Chicago are starting new lives in the wild of Arizona as part of a project to save the animals.


Johnny Depp Mocks His Court-Mandated Dogs Apology Video

“I’m going to do this everywhere I go," the actor jokes.

Lightning kills four elephants in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka's elephant population has fallen to just over 7,000, according to the latest census Four elephants, including two calves, were killed by lightning in northern Sri Lanka in one of the worst wildlife tragedies to hit the country in years, officials said Sunday. A female elephant, aged about 25 years, and two of her calves, aged 10 months and two years, and an eight-year-old female were found dead Sunday just outside the Wilpattu wildlife sanctuary, an official said. "Villagers from neighbouring areas alerted the authorities and we carried out autopsies," wildlife veterinary surgeon Chandana Jayasinghe said.


Retired circus elephants begin new life at Florida

- After a long tradition of entertaining crowds as part of the Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus the last 11 elephants that toured with "The Greatest Show on Earth" will be taking it easy during their retirement in Florida. The endangered Asian elephants, who took their final circus bow on Sunday, will enjoy the sunny climate at the Center for Elephant Conservation, a 200-acre preserve in central Florida. Elephant handler Ryan Henning described their retirement as bittersweet because after 145 years elephants will no longer be part of Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus.

South Korea's latest online celebrities: Stray cats eating

In this April 29, 2016, image made from video provided by Cat TV host Koo Eun-je, stray cats approach foods prepared by South Korean Koo Eun-je, the 35-year-old host of the online Cat TV, at "a restaurant for cats" in JeollaNamdo, South Korea. The stars of the latest online trend in South Korea are stray cats, eating food left out for them as viewers sit enrapt at their feline charms. Koo's livestreamed “Cats Meok Bang” show is a twist on an online trend of young South Korean men and women tucking into feasts in real time, while viewers send messages and sometimes virtual cash. In a country where young adults increasingly live and dine alone, the shows have become so popular, some hosts have made small or big fortunes from the virtual cash sent from viewers. (Cat TV host Koo Eun-je via AP) EDITORIAL USE ONLY JANGSEONG, South Korea (AP) — The stars of the latest online trend in South Korea stay out of sight most of the day. Viewers don't seem to mind waiting for hours while nothing happens. When the stray cats finally come to eat the food left out for them, people watching online sit enraptured by their feline charms.


New York's Electric Zoo reveals new headline acts

US musician Steve Aoki Music festival Electric Zoo has announced new headliners for the three-day event, with Carnage, Porter Robinson and The Chainsmokers to join previously announced acts including Hardwell, Bassnectar and Tiesto.


Federal court rejects U.S. plan for restoring embattled Northwest salmon

By Eric M. Johnson SEATTLE (Reuters) - The U.S. government's latest plan for offsetting the harm to migrating salmon from a series of dams in the Columbia River watershed violates the Endangered Species Act, a federal judge ruled on Wednesday. The ruling in a case stretching back 15 years marks a victory for environmental advocates, the Nez Perce Tribe, anglers and others who sued government agencies over their plan for aiding salmon and steelhead that travel between the Pacific Ocean and the upper reaches of the inland Northwest. The battle is centered on how the dams the federal government says generate electric power crucial for the region effects the more than a dozen groups of salmonids that are listed as endangered or threatened under U.S. law that must traverse the barriers along their arduous path to reproduce.

Baby lemurs make their debut at Philadelphia Zoo

PHILADELPHIA - Four baby black-and-white ruffed lemurs named Maddie, Lincoln, Teddy and Quincy climbed and jumped in their enclosure during their debut at the Philadelphia Zoo on Friday. The lemurs were born at the zoo on Feb. 21. Black-and-white ruffed lemurs get their name from the long thick fur that runs from their ears to their chin. In the wild they live in Madagascar and are a critically endangered species due to poaching and deforestation.

Severe drought forces Zimbabwe to sell off wildlife

Zimbabwe has in recent years exported elephants in a bid to raise funds and cut the ballooning population Drought-hit Zimbabwe has invited local farmers and private game rangers to buy wild animals as it destocks national game reserves to save fauna from starvation, the wildlife authority said Wednesday. Parks and wildlife authority spokeswoman Caroline Washaya said it has asked individuals and private game keepers to step in and buy wild animals "in the light of the drought". Zimbabwe has in recent years resorted to exporting elephants to countries such as China in a bid to raise funds and cut the ballooning population.


Gene mutation explains why some dogs work for treats

Scientists have discovered a gene associated with canine obesity after studying Labrador retrievers Scientists have discovered a genetic mutation that appears to make certain dogs, like Labrador retrievers, extra motivated by food and treats and also more likely to be obese, a study said Tuesday. "We've found something in about a quarter of pet Labradors that fits with a hardwired biological reason for the food-obsessed behavior reported by owners," said lead author Eleanor Raffan, a veterinary surgeon and geneticist at the University of Cambridge. Researchers first identified the variation, which occurs in a gene called POMC, in a group of dogs that included 15 obese and 18 lean Labrador retrievers.


Kate Upton announces engagement to Tigers' Justin Verlander

Kate Upton wears an engagement ring as she arrives at The Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Benefit Gala, celebrating the opening of "Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology" on Monday, May 2, 2016, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP) NEW YORK (AP) — Kate Upton has announced her engagement to baseball star Justin Verlander.


France bans most foie gras production for three months

France bans most foie gras production for three months France's foie gras production has ground to a halt for the next three months, but the reason behind the ban probably isn't what you think. SEE ALSO: Sacré bleu! Restaurants in France now have to give out doggy bags Foie gras producers in 18 départements in south west France will be banned by the Ministry for Agriculture from having any ducks or geese in their factories and slaughterhouses from this week until Aug. 15, bringing a halt to 71% of the national production of foie gras.  While animal rights campaigners have long been calling for a ban on the French delicacy — made from fattened duck or goose liver — the halt is down to an unprecedented bird flu epidemic that's hit southwestern France.  In November 2015, a highly virulent strain of the H5N1 virus was found at a chicken farm in the Dordogne region of France, prompting an intervention by veterinary watchdogs.  H5N1 is lethal for birds, but — unlike other forms of flu — it does not typically spread between people. Humans only contract the virus if they come into close contact with sick or dead poultry infected with the virus.  The ban will have a heavy impact on France's agricultural industry; with breeders claiming the production halt will amount to a loss of €130 million ($115 million).  "This interruption of business will cause cash flow difficulties, additional salary costs linked to the partial lay-offs of approximately 4000 employees, and fixed charges that must be paid despite the stop in business and income," Marie-Pierre Pé — general secretary of foie gras producers association Cifog — told Le Figaro . France's Ministry for Agriculture announced in January that it will provide compensation for producers to the amount of the estimated losses.  The long-term consequences of the three-month ban will likely take a toll on the price of foie gras, according to foie gras producer Christophe Barrailh.  Barrailh told Le Figaro  that there will be nine million fewer ducks on the national market, resulting in a noticeable price hike. 


PETA Says Neigh to HBO's "Horse Porn" on 'Silicon Valley'

In a week leading up to the Kentucky Derby, horse sex falls under the microscope after a "Silicon Valley" episode.

PETA Says Neigh to HBO’s ‘Horse Porn’

In a week leading up to the Kentucky Derby, horse sex falls under the microscope after a "Silicon Valley" episode.

Circus elephants' retirement home promises pampered life

An elderly elephant named Mysore gets a pedicure at the Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Center for Elephant Conservation in Polk City, Florida on March 8, 2016 When Mysore performed in the Ringling Brothers' traveling circus, she waltzed, she hooked her trunk onto another elephant's tail, and she stood on her hind legs in a line for a trick known as the long mount. Now at the age of about 70 -- and one of the oldest Asian elephants in the world -- Mysore is retired at the circus's refuge in central Florida, where she gets weekly pedicures, daily baths, naps on a giant dirt pile, eats ground-up hay and more than six loaves of wheat bread a day. "Boy, she loves the bread," says Janice Aria, the director of animal stewardship at the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Center for Elephant Conservation, where Mysore arrived in 2006.


Last dance: Final performance for Ringling Bros. elephants

An Asian elephant performs during the national anthem for the final elephant performance during the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, Sunday, May 1, 2016, in Providence, R.I. The circus closes its own chapter on a controversial practice that has entertained audiences since circuses began in America two centuries ago. The animals will live at the Ringling Bros. 200-acre Center for Elephant Conservation in Florida. (AP Photo/Bill Sikes) PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The curtain fell a final time for elephants performing at Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus as the circus ended a practice that enthralled audiences for two centuries but became caught between animal rights activists' concerns and Americans' shifting views.


PETA Slams Justin Bieber for Posing With Chained Tiger

The animal rights group, in a letter to the pop star and manager Scooter Braun, said the big cat comes from the Bowmanville Zoo, where the owner faces five animal cruelty charges.

Elephants perform for final time at Ringling Bros.

Ringling Brothers Circus Retires Elephant Act Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus bid farewell to its performing elephants on Sunday, as the show closed its own chapter on a practice that has entertained audiences in America for two centuries but has come under fire by animal rights activists. “This is a very emotional time for us,” Ringmaster Johnathan Lee Iverson told the crowd as the performance came to an end in Providence, Rhode Island, on Sunday.


The Latest: Elephants give final Ringling Bros. performance

An Asian elephant performs during the national anthem for the final elephant performance during the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, Sunday, May 1, 2016, in Providence, R.I. The circus closes its own chapter on a controversial practice that has entertained audiences since circuses began in America two centuries ago. The animals will live at the Ringling Bros. 200-acre Center for Elephant Conservation in Florida. (AP Photo/Bill Sikes) PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The Latest on elephants performing for the last time at Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus (all times local):


Sea Dogs Beat Rock Cats To End Skid

Portland, Maine — William Cuevas, making his Double A debut, allowed one run and four hits in five innings as the Portland Sea Dogs beat the New Britain Rock Cats 4-1 Tuesday night at Hadlock Field.

County says there are 5,000 cats living on the streets

Tuesday afternoon, the director of Clay County Animal Care and Control went before the Clay County Commission to ask for financial help to combat the county’s large feral cat problem.

Purrfect friend for homeless cats

MOVE over Catwoman, there’s a new group of modern day superheroes in town. Barbara Jackson and her team have rescued more than 700 cats since creating Wild Cats in 2010.

Rock Cats Home Opener on Thursday Night at NB Stadium

New Britain, CT- The New Britain Rock Cats Baseball Club, the Double-A Eastern League Affiliate of the Colorado Rockies, will host OPENING NIGHT 2015 this Thursday, April 16 at 6:35 PM against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Blue Jays affiliate).

Dogs reunited with owners far more than cats

Sometimes people maybe assume something bad has happened to their cat. Maybe they don’t look quite as hard. I do think cats aren’t maybe regarded as much as dogs. — Andrea McDonald, Coquitlam City Hall

More concerns about Raleigh neighborhood dogs: woman’s dog killed

Police were called again about a group of vicious dogs in one local neighborhood.

Releasing feral cats raises concerns

The Orange County animal shelter starts to get busy around this time of the year as people bring in newborn kittens and pregnant mother cats.Celesta Peterson, who has volunteered at the shelter for eight years, said she used to walk past feral cat...

Sick coyotes' habits boost encounters with humans

Certain coyotes are known to have frequent unnerving encounters with humans and their pets in residential neighbourhoods, and scientists now have an explanation. It turns out that coyotes infected with a common skin parasite tend to develop habits that make them problem animals. "These coyotes that were losing their hair and were sick were more likely to run into people in residential areas ...

Yates, Sea Dogs agree to split in surprising move

Sea Dogs couldn't replicate the magic behind their hot start, and it leads to a mutual parting-of-ways for coach and team.

QC’s ‘4 pets per house’ ordinance repealed

First, the good news: The controversial animal regulation ordinance limiting the number of cats and dogs Quezon City residents can keep has become null and void following the approval of another one which does not contain the provision.   The bad news, however, is that the "four domesticated animals per household" policy may still be incorporated into the implementing rules and regulations (IRR ...