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    PNS Daily News - January 27, 20150 


    We’re covering stories from around the nation including: while the Northeast hunkers down for the Blizzard of 2015, scientists say climate change could bring similar storms in the future; the secret ingredients in fracking to be reviewed in Wyoming; and national protests against payday lending.

Animal Welfare

PHOTO: Taxpayer-funded farm animal abuse is at the center of public outrage, and an investigation regarding what has been happening at a USDA Meat Research Center in Nebraska. Photo credit: Farm Sanctuary.

LOS ANGELES - An undercover investigation by a New York Times reporter at a USDA Meat Research Center in Nebraska has sparked outrage from animal welfare groups and the public, with thousands now calling on Congress to shut the research program down. Bruce Friedrich, director of advocacy and policy ...Read More

PHOTO: Advocates for animals say the record number of horse deaths during the Winter Meet at Aqueduct is a sure sign that federal regulations are needed. Credit: Wikimedia Commons

NEW YORK - It has been a deadly season for racehorses at Aqueduct and animal advocates say the time has come for federal regulations. A dozen horses have died at Aqueduct since the current Winter Meet started in December. Brian Shapiro, the New York state director of the Humane Society of the Uni ...Read More

PHOTO: The U.S. Public Interest Research Group is calling on McDonald's to stop purchasing meat from animals raised using antibiotics. The fast-food giant says it is updating its purchasing policies this year. Photo credit: Alvimann/morguefile.

INDIANAPOLIS – The company known for its Golden Arches is being asked to make its burgers, chicken nuggets and other menu items antibiotic-free. It's estimated that nearly 70 percent of all antibiotics sold in the U.S. are used in raising livestock and poultry. McDonald's sells more than 1 ...Read More

PHOTO: McDonald's is being urged to stop using meat that's been raised with antibiotics, with a new campaign from the U.S. Public Interest Research Group. Photo credit: Mike Mozart/Flickr.

AUSTIN, Texas – A new campaign has been launched urging the largest restaurant chain in the nation to stop purchasing meat that's been raised with antibiotics. Pamela Clough, campaign coordinator of the Stop Antibiotics Overuse Campaign with the U.S. Public Interest Research Group, says there ...Read More

PHOTO: Ruth and Emily, elephants at New Bedford’s Buttonwood Park Zoo in this 2006 photo, are at the center of continuing claims of abuse leveled by an animal-rights organization. Photo credit: LGagnon/Wikimedia Commons

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. - A New Bedford zoo is again denying claims it abuses its elephants. The Buttonwood Park Zoo is, for the fifth year, on an annual list put out by the animal-rights group In Defense of Animals, or IDA. The group says the zoo is the fourth-worst in North America in its treatment of ...Read More

PHOTO: It may look like fun, but such close proximity to exotic animals invites trouble, according to an undercover investigation of Virginia's Natural Bridge Zoo. In addition to human safety issues, investigators say they found evidence of animal neglect and abuse. Photo courtesy Humane Society of the United States.

NATURAL BRIDGE, Va. - Abuse, neglect and unsanitary conditions are just a few of the terms used to describe the scene at a roadside zoo in Natural Bridge. The Humane Society of the United States says it conducted an undercover investigation at Natural Bridge Zoo, which displays exotic animals - pri ...Read More

PHOTO: The penalty could be as high as $13.7 billion for BP, as the final phase in the trial over the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill disaster in the Gulf of Mexico begins today. Photo credit: U.S. Coast Guard.

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND, Texas - The third and final phase in the civil trial over the massive Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico begins Tuesday, and will determine the penalties which British Petroleum (BP) will ultimately receive for violations of the Clean Water Act. The company was al ...Read More

PHOTO: A so-called ag-gag law that's being challenged in Idaho and Utah has been introduced as legislation in Washington. It prohibits people from audio or video taping in agricultural production facilities without the owner's written permission.  Photo credit: derausdo/FeaturePics.com

OLYMPIA, Wash. – There's keen interest among farm workers groups and animal rights advocates in Washington in a so-called ag-gag bill introduced in the Legislature. House Bill 1104 gets its first hearing Tuesday at 8 a.m. in the House Public Safety Committee. It is almost identical to leg ...Read More

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