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Animal Cruelty

FBI Makes Animal Cruelty A Top-Tier Felony To Help Track Abuse

AP | SUE MANNING | Posted 10.01.2014 | Green

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Young people who torture and kill animals are prone to violence against people later in life if it goes unchecked, studies have s...

Cow Dies After Being Hit With Over A Dozen Softballs

AP | Posted 09.28.2014 | Crime

PHOENIX (AP) — Phoenix police say a family's pet cow died after being pelted with softballs. Sgt. Steve Martos tells KPHO-TV (http://bit.ly/1qGAC...

Court Finds Wyoming Wolf Management Not Adequate--Duh!

Noah Greenwald | Posted 09.26.2014 | Green
Noah Greenwald

Ever since the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service removed Endangered Species Act protections for wolves in Idaho and Montana in 2011 and Wyoming in 2012, the states have pursued aggressive anti-wolf policies that allow excessive hunting and trapping designed to drastically reduce populations.

Long Island Man Sentenced For 13 Pit Bull Deaths

AP | Posted 09.22.2014 | Crime

MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) — A Long Island man has been sentenced to up to three years in prison following the deaths of 13 pit bulls that prosecutors say w...

Pit Bull Puppy Branded With F-Word Gets Cosmetic Surgery

The Huffington Post | Andrew Hart | Posted 09.22.2014 | Good News

A pit-bull puppy named Felicity that was branded with the "f-word" by chemical burns had cosmetic surgery in Kentucky on Thursday to mask the scar. ...

Man Impales Neighbor's Cat With Blow Darts

The Huffington Post | David Moye | Posted 09.17.2014 | Crime

An Indianapolis man is facing possible charges of animal mutilation after allegedly attacking a neighbor's cat with blow darts. The cat's owner, Am...

Big News: FBI to Start Tracking Animal Cruelty Cases

Wayne Pacelle | Posted 09.18.2014 | Green
Wayne Pacelle

No longer will extremely violent cases be included in the "other offense" category simply because the victims were animals. Just as the FBI tracks hate crimes and other important categories, we will now have critical data on animal cruelty.

If You Need Scientific Proof For Why You Shouldn't Leave Your Dog In The Car, Here It Is

The Huffington Post | Alissa Scheller | Posted 09.11.2014 | Green

If you love your pet, don't leave him unattended in the car. That's the message from the American Veterinary Medical Association, which reports persis...

Joe Arpaio Calls For Felony Charges Against Jeff Flake's Son

Reuters | Posted 09.10.2014 | Politics

(Updates with quotes from Arpaio, lawyer for dog owners) By David Schwartz PHOENIX, Sept 9 (Reuters) - An Arizona sherif...

Grim Report From Laboratory Handling Ebola

Julia Orr | Posted 09.08.2014 | Green
Julia Orr

The report is grim reading; even grimmer for the animals that died at Lovelace Respiratory Research Institute located in Albuquerque, NM.

Animal Rights Activists Are an Easy Punchline, But Their Cause Deserves Greater Public Advocacy

Bob Cesca | Posted 08.27.2014 | Politics
Bob Cesca

There's nothing wrong with a group of people standing against torture and abuse -- there's nothing wrong with lobbying for humane alternatives -- there's nothing wrong with strongly, perhaps loudly advocating on behalf of the defenseless animals who exist at the receiving end of our collective selfishness and gluttony.

This Abandoned Puppy Used To Fear Human Touch. Now He Can't Get Enough Lovin'

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 08.26.2014 | Good News

Sometimes a little TLC can go a long way. Just ask Finn. The formerly homeless puppy still had baby teeth when the team at Hope for Paws discovered...

In Defense Of Pamela Anderson

Aysha Akhtar, M.D., M.P.H. | Posted 08.25.2014 | Science
Aysha Akhtar, M.D., M.P.H.

How much closer would we be to a cure today if instead of wasting millions of dollars on failed animal experiments, the money had been used to create more effective human-based testing methods that accurately recreated the disease?

Cop Charged In Hot-Car Death Of Police Dog

AP | Posted 08.23.2014 | Crime

MILLS, Wyo. (AP) — A Wyoming police officer has pleaded not guilty to an animal-cruelty charge that alleges a police dog died after he left it in a ...

GRAPHIC VIDEO: Remembering Tyke, The Rebellious Circus Elephant, And Her Tragic Death

The Huffington Post | James Cave | Posted 08.20.2014 | Green

Mention “Tyke the elephant” to anyone who lived in Honolulu 20 years ago and chances are they’ll shake their head and talk about what a dark mom...

The Overlooked Plight of Factory Farm Workers

Lucas Spangher | Posted 08.18.2014 | Green
Lucas Spangher

We need to take a step back and ask why the events in Tyson's video occurred. To me, the data seems clear: We can no longer afford to treat this case as an isolated incident, but rather as part of a dangerous trend.

Man Accused Of Dismembering Dogs At Motel

AP | SCOTT SONNER | Posted 08.13.2014 | Crime

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A 24-year-old man is accused of killing and dismembering several dogs, leaving a gruesome scene in a Nevada motel room. The dogs ...

First City in Iran to Ban Killing Stray Dogs and the Woman Behind It

Negar Mojtahedi | Posted 08.25.2014 | Impact
Negar Mojtahedi

Shooting stray dogs is common practice in Iran. However, now the northwestern city of Tabriz has become the first and only city in the country to outlaw killing street dogs. It's all thanks to the efforts of one Iranian woman who is campaigning for those who can't speak for themselves.

The 'Pig Rassle': A Good Church Fundraiser, Or Downright Inhumane?

The Huffington Post | Arin Greenwood | Posted 08.10.2014 | Green

Does it look to you like the pig is having a good time here? As of Friday afternoon, some 45,000 people who think this is no positive porcine e...

How This Law Violates Animal Activists' Freedom Of Speech

HuffPost Live | Posted 08.08.2014 | Green

According to the federal Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act, videotaping any livestock operation without consent can be considered an act of terrorism. U...

Baby-Monkey Abuse Funded by Your Tax Dollars

Karen Dawn | Posted 08.07.2014 | Science
Karen Dawn

If the emotional abuse of baby monkeys is similar enough to the abuse of baby humans for the results to be extrapolated, how can it be OK? Bullies must be stopped, not rewarded, and taxpayer funding of their assaults is unconscionable.

Ebola Has Happened in the U.S. and It Could Happen Again If We Don't Address the Root Causes

Aysha Akhtar, M.D., M.P.H. | Posted 08.05.2014 | Green
Aysha Akhtar, M.D., M.P.H.

Although it's too late to prevent the current epidemic in West Africa, perhaps we can prevent another one if we take a moment to look at how Ebola and many other infectious diseases arrive on our doorstep in the first place: through the trade in animals.

GRAPHIC VIDEO: Police Hunting For Cruel Dog Abuser Caught On Video

The Huffington Post | Andy Campbell | Posted 08.01.2014 | Crime

Police in the U.K. are trying to find a man caught on video swinging his leashed Chihuahua around his head. It's a disturbing display of animal abu...

Teens Arrested For Brutal Killing Of Tortoise: Cops

The Huffington Post | Hilary Hanson | Posted 07.30.2014 | Crime

Two teenaged girls have been arrested for lighting a small tortoise on fire in a widely seen video that pushed Florida wildlife authorities to investi...

Man Shoots Girlfriend's Turtle In The Head: Cops

AP | Posted 07.28.2014 | Crime

STONINGTON, Conn. (AP) — Authorities say a Connecticut man shot to death his girlfriend's pet turtle. Sgt. Louis Diamanti, Stonington's animal co...