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    PNS Weekend Update - December 20, 20140 


    Among the stories on our weekend rundown; Cuba and a cyber attack top of mind for President Obama; an update from a state that just got a big boost in the fight against hunger; and no matter the weather your Christmas can still be green.

Animal Welfare

PHOTO: Animal advocates hope people will adopt pets this holiday season to save lives, as they point out that thousands of dogs and cats are euthanized every year in Massachusetts. Photo credit: Melissa Gelmo.

BOSTON - If you are heading out this weekend to look for a pet to bring home for the holidays, animal advocates across the Bay State hope you will look no further than your local animal shelter. Thousands of healthy, adoptable animals are euthanized every year in the state says Maryann Regan, direct ...Read More

PHOTO: New York Acting Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker and Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joe Martens presented Gov. Cuomo and his Cabinet with their reports recommending a continued ban on fracking for natural gas. Photo Credit: Office of the Governor.

ALBANY, N.Y. - In a long-awaited announcement, the administration of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday ruled the potential health and environmental risks of fracking for natural gas are too great and not enough is known about them to allow it in New York. In extending a de facto ban on using ...Read More

PHOTO: Thousands of animals are euthanized in New York shelters every year, simply for lack of space, so adopting a shelter pet will also save a life. Photo courtesy Animal Haven NYC.

NEW YORK - The holidays are a time when many people think of bringing home a new pet for their loved ones. With thousands of cats and dogs in shelters across New York, Tiffany Lacey, executive director of nonprofit Animal Haven, suggests people "adopt rather than shop." Thousands of perfectly healt ...Read More

Photo: Farmer Craig Watts and Leah Garces with the group Compassion in World Farming survey Watts' chickens he raises as a contractor for Perdue Farms. Photo courtesy: Compassion in World Farming

FAIRMONT, N.C. – It's a real life case of David versus Goliath. A North Carolina chicken farmer is speaking out against the practices of one of the country's largest poultry producers – Perdue Farms. Earlier this month, farmer Craig Watts of Fairmont released a video, shot with the h ...Read More

PHOTO: Dallas is part of a group of the nation's largest school districts adopting an antibiotic-free policy for chicken served on cafeteria menus. Photo credit: U.S. Department of Agriculture/Flickr.

DALLAS - The menu is changing - some say for the better - at some of the nation's largest schools, as chicken raised with antibiotics is getting the boot. The districts that are moving to "antibiotic-free" chicken are part of the Urban School Food Alliance. Its members include the Dallas Independen ...Read More

PHOTO: It's the last day for Montanans to add their thoughts to the latest alternative for the year-round bison habitat plan. Photo courtesy of National Park Service.

GARDINER, Mont. - It's the last day for Montanans to add their thoughts to the latest alternative for the year-round bison habitat plan. More than 100,000 people already commented on the initial proposal, but this new addition makes changes to range area and killing animals before allowing the herd ...Read More

PHOTO: A new National Wildlife Federation poll shows a majority of sportsmen in 11 western states are in favor of protecting the greater sage grouse. Photo credit: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

DENVER - Turkeys aren't the only birds on the minds of Coloradans this Thanksgiving week. The greater sage grouse is also attracting attention, but because of the bird's declining numbers. A new poll released by the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) found a majority of sportsmen surveyed in 11 wes ...Read More

PHOTO: The humane treatment of Wisconsin cows is called into question by an animal rights group. Mercy for Animals has released a graphic video showing alleged abuse of cows on a dairy farm in Birnamwood, Wisconsin. Diary experts condemn any animal cruelty and say the alleged abuse is not appropriate or productive in any way. (Photo credit: WI Dept. of Ag)

BIRNAMWOOD, Wis. - An undercover video which graphically captures alleged animal abuse at the Andrus Dairy Farm in Birnamwood has drawn sharp reaction in many quarters. The Ohio-based cheese company, which had been using milk from the farm to produce cheese, has cut ties with the Andrus farm and ani ...Read More

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