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    PNS Weekend Update - April 25, 20150 


    Among the issues on our nationwide rundown: Baltimore braces for major protests as the police department admits to errors in the arrest of Freddie Gray; troubling data as e-cigarette use triples for tweens and teens; and we’ll clue you in on ways your spring cleaning can help your local community.

Animal Welfare

Photo: Proposed legislation in the State Assembly would allow property owners to pursue damages against whistleblowers. Photo courtesy: HSUS

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The Humane Society of the United States recently submitted a commercial to select TV stations across the state, highlighting why it opposes so-called ag-gag legislation (SB 433/HB 405) to punish whistleblowers on factory farms. "Animal cruelty at Butterball and Pilgrim fact ...Read More

U.S. cosmetic companies, once cruelty free, are testing on animals in China in order to sell products there - unbeknownst to many U.S. consumers. Photo credit: PETA

BOSTON – It's World Week for Animals in Laboratories – a time to remember the millions of animals in Massachusetts and around the world that are experimented on for a variety of reasons. Monkeys, mice and rabbits are a few of the animals used for testing medical, chemical, cosmetic and ...Read More

PHOTO: The quality and companionship that pets can add to the lives of Arizona seniors is the focus of an event this week in the Phoenix area. Photo courtesy of AARP Arizona.

PEORIA, Ariz. - The bonus benefits that man's best friend can add to the life of an older person are being celebrated at an event coming up Thursday and Friday in the Phoenix area. AARP Arizona and the Arizona Humane Society have teamed up to host the Paws for Your Pets Festival. Cynthia Fagyas, co ...Read More

PHOTO: Animal-rights advocates say legislation pending in Albany won't cure local coyote problems. Instead, they predict ending a ban on live-restraint cable traps will subject many animals to torture. Photo credit: Marya/Flickr.

ALBANY, N.Y. - Animal-rights activists are sounding the alarm about legislation pending in Albany that would end the state's longstanding ban on snare-type animal traps. Brian Shapiro, New York state director of the Humane Society of the United States, said there is good reason live-restraint, cabl ...Read More

PHOTO: The EPA is being taken to court over its approval of an herbicide for use on genetically-engineered soybean and corn crops in North Dakota and 14 other states. The plaintiffs say Enlist Duo poses a threat to human health and endangered species. Photo credit: Jason Ippolito/Flickr.

BISMARCK, N.D. - A legal battle is being mounted against the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) over its expanded approval of a new herbicide for use in North Dakota and other states across the Midwest. The herbicide from Dow AgroSciences is called Enlist Duo. According to legal documents, Enlis ...Read More

PHOTO: Experts say the H3N2 strain of canine influenza is highly contagious and can spread rapidly in situations where animals are in close contact with each other. Photo credit: puravida/morguefile.

EAST LANSING, Mich. - Fears of the flu for Fido are running high with many Michigan dog owners, thanks to a rare strain of canine influenza that has sickened an estimated 1,100 dogs in Illinois and Wisconsin. Dr. Thomas Mullaney, acting director of the Diagnostic Center for Population and Animal ...Read More

PHOTO: Environmental groups and beekeepers are in court this month in California, challenging state and federal regulators' approvals of pesticides the groups say are harmful to bees. Photo courtesy of Pesticide Action Network.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Save the bees! That's the battle cry in two ongoing court cases in California where beekeepers and environmental groups are fighting regulators over the use of pesticides they contend harm bees and crops. On Tuesday, on behalf of the groups, the law firm Earthjustice asked a f ...Read More

Photo: The North Carolina Department of Transportation Division of Aviation is hosting informational sessions this year to help airports across North Carolina protect wildlife and passengers. Photo credit: Matthew Hull/Morguefile.

RALEIGH, N.C. - Negotiating air traffic and unpredictable weather are just two of the concerns North Carolina airports face on a daily basis. Wildlife are also a concern, and according to the FAA, there were 225 wildlife strikes with planes in North Carolina in 2014. Bobby Walston, division of avia ...Read More

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