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Moment of Friday: Cat show artist Rhonda Lieberman is a fan of cat ballet

For roughly 15 years, artist and writer Rhonda Lieberman says she has wanted to do a gallery installation that involved cats. But for roughly 15 years, she couldn't find a taker.

Even the French turning queasy over force-fed foie gras

An employee force-feeds a duck on November 18, 2014 at a foie gras producer in the eastern French town of Soultz les Bains Almost one out of every two French people now favour banning the force-feeding of geese and ducks to produce the national delicacy, foie gras, a survey showed. A public opinion poll released Saturday by OpinionWay for animal rights group L214 showed 47 percent against force-feeding, three points more than last year, and 56 percent of women opposed to the practice. Only 29 percent of the 1,032 people polled this month said they would refuse to buy foie gras in protest against the ill-treatment of animals, but this was 10 points higher than a poll in 2009. In all, consumption of foie gras dropped three percent last year.


Where to take your pets on holiday

They say you should never work with children or animals. But what about holidaying with them?        

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HANNAH is a sweet little girl who is barely a year old. She is longing for someone to snuggle with on these cold winter nights. She also is getting tired of the shelter life and wants a home to call h

Plan to allow Australian native animals as pets

The NSW government is being urged to remove licence requirements for keeping some native animals as pets.

Can We Get One? Cuddly Play Pets Are the Most Popular Holiday Toys

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- A sweet, wriggly puppy is on many children's wish lists, but parents who aren't ready to make the leap just yet are looking to pet-like toys as the next best thing. They are affordable and guaranteed to keep the sofa scratch free. Experts at Toys "R" Us have identified play pets as the leading holiday toys of 2014. "Pet Shop" boutiques have been set up in front of Toys "R ...

Loving like cats and dogs

THE IDEA that pets fight like, well, cats and dogs, is a popular one, but it's not always grounded in reality. We've known plenty of pets who had interspecies friendships, sharing a bed or sofa, grooming each other and playing together. Even when animals aren't best buds, they often coexist comfortably, tolerating each other's presence with little fuss.

Lucas County Dogs for Adoption: 12-20

Dogs remain available at the Lucas County Canine Care & Control Office, 410 South Erie St., Toledo. For information, call 419-213-2800.

U.S. judge restores protections to Great Lakes wolves

By Laura Zuckerman (Reuters) - A federal judge on Friday restored U.S. Endangered Species Act protections to gray wolves in the western Great Lakes in a decision hailed by wildlife advocates for halting wolf hunting and trapping planned in such states as Minnesota and Wisconsin. U.S. wildlife managers in 2012 lifted federal protections for wolves in the western Great Lakes, including Michigan, after determining that the animals had rebounded from near-extinction. The decision opened the way for state-regulated hunting seasons. ...

Santa Cruz County Parks Commission recommends letting dogs off-leash

A heated debate over whether dogs should be able to run off-leash continues. The Santa Cruz County Parks Commission is recommending a pilot program that would allow dogs to run free on some county beaches. Right now, taking a dog off-leash could cost several hundred dollars in fines. "I got a ticket right here. I was only here for like two or three minutes, but that's how it goes, so I'm ...

An additional 28 cats surrendered to KC Pet Project this week

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The 28 cats dropped off at KC Pet Project Friday morning were from the same household. The owner surrendered the cats over to Animal Control. “It’s our second case this week. The cats arrived around 10:30,” says Tori Fugate of the KC Pet Project. The two separate cases have now put […]

Jogger hurt after being attacked by two dogs

Angela was out for her morning run when she was attacked by two dogs. How their owner reacted left her shocked.        

60 cats removed from apartment

The Arizona Humane Society removed 60 cats and two dead kittens from an east Phoenix apartment Thursday afternoon.

Dogs Not Great at Math (Wolves Are Better)

Even a brilliant dog may not be able to count as high as the number of feet she has. In a cheese cube counting challenge, dogs struggled to prove they have any number sense at all. Embarrassingly for the dogs, some wolves took the exact same test and passed it. This may be a hint about what dogs lost when they moved to a cushy life of domestication. At the Wolf Science Center in Austria ...

Holidays can be dangerous for pets

Food, decorations and raucous parties all can bring special concerns for the pet owner.

Dog dreams: Sher Polvinale’s gift to old and ailing dogs rewards her, too

Sher Polvinale?s sanctuary for senior and ailing dogs gives them the chance to live out their days in peace

Assisi Animal Health Explains the Importance of Exercise for Senior Cats

Without adequate exercise, cats can develop heart disease, high blood pressure and other medical issues. Senior cats are especially in need of exercise to maintain their health. Not all issues are obvious and cats are notoriously good at hiding pain, making it necessary to take them for regular checkups with a veterinarian. Alternatives to Aspirin for dogs and cats differ from human aspirin, and ...

Cat cafés in Singapore: boon or bane for cats?

With the recent furore over Singapore's Cuddles Cat Café and the many "crimes" against its cats and staff that owner Jonathan Tan has admitted to, it's worth asking if and how cat cafés are beneficial or detrimental to the felines. While cat cafe owners are all passionate animal lovers and owners themselves and work very hard to ensure the viability of their business, the spotlight on Cuddles ...

Pets at Home to open Walkden store

Britain’s largest pet supplies retailer will occupy 7,000 sq ft on Ellesmere Retail Park

Lucas County Dogs for Adoption: 12-19

Dogs remain available at the Lucas County Canine Care & Control Office, 410 South Erie St., Toledo. For information, call 419-213-2800.

Sleeping with polar bears: French zoos evolve

Two women look at Taiko, a polar bear playing in its pond, from their lodge in the zoo of the French western city of La Fleche, on December 12, 2014 Forget trekking to the Arctic. French tourists are opting for the luxury way to spend the night with a polar bear: beside a log fire not far from home. Since it launched "A night at home with the bear" in October, La Fleche zoo in western France has booked up its comfy lodge overlooking Taiko the polar bear's enclosure until the end of 2015. La Fleche zoo, which opened in 1946, was in need of boost when it opened its first lodge in 2013.


Cats in freezer case concludes with ban

A cat hoarder has been banned from owning animals for 10 years in one of the worst animal neglect cases SPCA Auckland has encountered.

'Harrowing' neglect case: Woman kept 50 cats

An Auckland woman who kept 50 cats living in disgusting conditions with serious infections and ailments has been sentenced for her neglect.Tatyana Kondratyeva, 51, was found guilty of failing to ensure the physical, health and behavioural...

Cats in the freezer: Auckland woman sentenced

An unemployed Auckland woman who lived at a house where 38 dead cats were found in the freezer and another 50 were living in squalor has been disqualified from owning animals for 10 years.

Pets Play Big Role In Determining Vacation Plans Of Owners

Study reveals that Fido and Fluffy can influence travelers’ holiday plans. By Christine Kern, contributing writer

New York Mayor de Blasio named PETA's Person of the Year

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio attends a news conference to announce a tentative contract agreement with the Uniformed Superior Officers Coalition at City Hall in New York NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York Mayor Bill de Blasio was named 2014 Person of the Year by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) for opposing horse-drawn carriages in Manhattan and advocating other animal-friendly causes, the group said on Thursday. De Blasio, a liberal who took office less than a year ago, campaigned partly on the promise to push for a ban on horse-drawn buggy rides in Central Park, a cause that has won him the support of PETA and other animal rights groups. “I’m humbled to receive this support from PETA," de Blasio said in a statement. ...


Residence Inn Miami Aventura Mall Gives Pets the Royal Treatment

Pets deserve a little pampering too. Which is why the Residence Inn Miami Aventura Mall puts just as much time into catering to your favorite furry companion as it does to its guests. The Florida hotel ...

Arizona Humane Society removes 60 cats from Phoenix apartment

PHOENIX – The Arizona Humane Society removed 60 cats and two dead kittens from an east Phoenix apartment Thursday afternoon. Emergency animal medical technicians (EAMTs) were called to the apartment near 44th Street and McDowell Road to do a welfare check on a potential animal hoarding case, according to AHS spokeswoman Bretta Nelson. She said they went by on Wednesday to assess the situation ...

Here Are The 4 New Breeds Of Dogs

Four new dogs have been declared “recognized...

Datebook: Intricate collages, bottle-cap masks and lots of art cats!

Masks made from detritus in downtown, a holiday open house in Santa Monica and intricate collages in Pasadena. Plus, cats — lots of cats! With the holidays upon us, it’s going to be a quiet couple of weeks in the art world. But there are still quite a few shows going down....

A tourist in Detroit: Motown, coney dogs and art

This Dec. 3, 2014 photo shows a structure that is part of the Heidelberg Project in Detroit. The open-air project uses abandoned buildings and discarded objects to create urban art. Although the project has been plagued by arson, it remains a colorful, symbolic effort to transform the city’s blight. (AP Photo/Beth J. Harpaz) DETROIT (AP) — I arrived in a power outage, got a $45 parking ticket and drove past dozens of abandoned homes. But as a tourist on my first trip to Detroit, I also sang in the Motown studio, saw the paintings that were nearly sold to pay the city's bills, and bumped fists with the sculpture of boxer Joe Louis' powerful arm.


ALPS Sector Dividend Dogs ETF Surpasses Billion Dollar Mark

ALPS, a DST Company focused on asset management and asset servicing, today announced that the ALPS Sector Dividend Dogs Exchange-Traded Fund has passed one billi

Rights groups criticize use of dog skin in China

By Natalie Thomas and Megha Rajagopalan WUJI, China/BEIJING (Reuters) - Dog skin produced by Chinese factories is used to make gloves, shoes and other products destined for export, footage provided to Reuters by an animal rights group shows. China has faced criticism for its treatment of animals, including bears, whose bile is used in traditional medicines. Tigers are also bred and killed, in some areas, for their pelts and bones. ...

Hearing dogs trained in Scotland

The first Hearing Dog to be trained entirely in Scotland

Pampered pets that don duds move to the mainstream

This undated photo provided by American Eagle Outfitters shows a beagle wearing an American Beagle Outfitters beanie and a puffer vest. For some pet owners, clothing plays into a luxury lifestyle. For others, it's a way to match man's best friend; and sometimes it's simply about keeping animals warm this winter. (AP Photo/American Eagle Outfitters) LOS ANGELES (AP) — These clothing designers have to think about pattern, fabric and fit — as well as where to put the poo bags.


Pampered Pets That Don Duds Move to the Mainstream

Pets that don duds move into the mainstream as retailers hawk trendy fashion lines for animals

One Million Pets Adopted Through Blue Buffalo Home 4 The Holidays Campaign

WILTON, Conn., Dec. 17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The holiday season is a time to surround yourself with loved ones—and pets are no exception. Through Blue Buffalo's Home 4 the Holidays campaign, the company today announced the initiative reached this year's holiday goal of finding a forever home for one million deserving dogs and cats throughout the world. In celebration of reaching this year's goal ...

Rare white rhino dies at San Diego zoo, leaving only five on earth

A northern white rhinoceros named Angalifu that died on Sunday is seen in this San Diego Zoo Safari Park handout photo (Reuters) - One of only six northern white rhinoceros left on earth died over the weekend at a San Diego zoo, bringing the species closer to extinction, zoo officials said on Monday. Angalifu, who was about 44 years old and being treated for age-related conditions, died on Sunday, according to the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. The world's only known remaining northern white rhinos are an elderly female still at the Safari Park, one at a zoo in Europe and three in Africa, the California zoo said in a statement. ...


Rare northern white rhino dies at California zoo

This Oct. 21, 2014 photo provided by the San Diego Zoo shows Angalifu, a northern white rhinoceros at his enclosure at the San Diego Zoo. Zoo officials said that Angalifu, was only one of six left in the world. He died Sunday, Dec. 14 at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. Angalifu, who was about 44 years old, apparently died of old age. (AP Photo/San Diego Zoo, Ken Bohn) SAN DIEGO (AP) — A northern white rhinoceros that was only one of six left in the world died Sunday at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, zoo officials said.


Pope Francis turns out not to have made pets in heaven comment

Pope Francis releases dove prior to delivering Holy Mass at Holy Spirit Cathedral in Istanbul By Frances Kerry and Philip Pullella WASHINGTON/VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - It was a heartwarming story for legions of pet owners and animal lovers around the world. Pope Francis, talking to a distraught boy whose pet had died, declared there was a place in heaven for the creatures we share our lives with. His comment was reported this week by many news media outside Italy, with dozens of articles in the United States. It was veritable catnip to social media. However, it turned out the pope had not made the comment. ...


South African rangers kill 3 poachers

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Some South African rangers grimly call it the "Christmas shopping" season for rhino poachers.

Bangladeshis use sponges to clean oil spill threatening dolphins

Bangladeshi villagers try to collect oil that spread in the river after an oil tanker sank in the Shela River in Mongla, in a photo taken on December 11, 2014 and received from the World Conservation Society on December 12 Bangladeshi villagers using sponges, shovels and even spoons worked Friday to clean up a huge oil spill in a protected area that is home to rare dolphins, after environmentalists warned of an ecological "catastrophe". Thousands of litres of oil have spilt into the protected Sundarbans mangrove area, home to rare Irrawaddy and Ganges dolphins, after a tanker collided with another vessel on Tuesday. The government has sent a ship carrying oil dispersants to the area, which is inside one of three sanctuaries set up for the dolphins.


Electric Zoo 2013 Death Leads to Guilty Plea

The plea is made after an attendee collapsed and had a seizure at the August 2013 Electric Zoo music festival on Randall's Island

New York man pleads guilty in drug case tied to 'Electric Zoo' death

By Nate Raymond NEW YORK (Reuters) - An upstate New York man pleaded guilty on Thursday of conspiring to distribute the potent drug "molly" that was ultimately given to a 23-year-old man who died of an overdose at an electronic music festival last summer. Patrick Morgan, 24, admitted to supplying the drug to a friend in Buffalo, New York, who intended to distribute it at the Electric Zoo three-day concert on New York City's Randall's Island. "I knew what I was doing was wrong and illegal," Morgan said. ...

Bangladesh oil spill 'threatens rare dolphins'

A Bangladeshi oil-tanker lies half-submerged on the Shela River in the Sundarbans in Mongla on December 9, 2014 after it was hit by a cargo vessel An oil spill from a crashed tanker in Bangladesh is threatening endangered dolphins in the vast Sundarbans delta, officials warned Thursday, calling it an ecological "catastrophe".


Guiding African Wildlife Through Global Warming

Guiding African Wildlife Through Global Warming Jessica Arriens is a public affairs specialist for the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) contributed this article to Live Science's Expert Voices: Op-Ed & Insights. The Congo basin is an unruly ribbon of tropical forest, more than a million square miles spanning six countries in Central Africa, running inward along the equator from the continent's western coast. In Central Africa, those forces include deforestation, climate change, hunting and more. The region is "so enriched with life," says Mary "Katy" Gonder, a Drexel University biologist and one of the lead researchers on the Central African Biodiversity Alliance (CABA).


Iran's unwelcome dogs find care at rare shelter

In this Friday, Dec. 5, 2014 photo, Homa Rashid, a lawyer and volunteer at the Vafa Animal Shelter, rests with a dog, in the city of Hashtgerd 43 miles (73 kilometers) west of the capital Tehran, Iran. More than 500 dogs find care and affection at the Vafa Animal Shelter, which was established through an endowment in 2004 and is the country’s only licensed animal refuge. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi) TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Man's best friend is seen as anything but in Iran, where city workers gun down strays and conservatives view pet dogs as a corrupting Western influence. But in a rare animal shelter in the countryside west of Tehran, hundreds of lucky pups have found mercy, and a growing number of Iranians are learning to love them.


Humpback whales increasing in waters near NYC

In this June 2014 photo provided by Gotham Whale, a humpback whale breaks through the surface of the Atlantic Ocean just off a beach on the Rockaway peninsula near New York City. Humpbacks have been approaching the city in greater numbers than in many years; there were 87 sightings in nearby waters from a whale-watching boat in 2014. (AP Photo/Gotham Whale/Dennis Guiney) NEW YORK (AP) — Maybe they want to sing on Broadway.


Off-spinners in firing line of governing body crackdown

Pakistani off-spinner Saeed Ajmal (R) delivers a ball during a training session in Dubai on November 3, 2013 Off-spinners could be in danger of becoming an endangered species as exponents fall by the wayside in the recent crackdown on illegal bowling actions by cricket's world governing body.


PETA Blasts Discovery's 'Eaten Alive' Over "Inexcusable Torment" of Anaconda

As viewers saw Sunday night, Paul Rosolie ultimately was unsuccessful in his attempt to be swallowed by a giant snake
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