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    PNS Daily Newscast - Tuesday May 31st, 20160 


    Topping the news today: North Korea apparently tried to launch another missile but failed, The head of the Cincinnati Zoo is standing by the decision to shoot and kill a gorilla, and one state is making an attempt to get healthy food to low income residents.

Animal Welfare

Almost 60 municipalities have prohibited wild animal acts or training animals with bullhooks. (Steve Jurvetson/Flickr)

PITTSBURGH -- Clowns and animal-rights advocates crowded Pittsburgh's City Council chambers this week, speaking their minds about a proposed ban on wild-animal acts in the city. The ordinance, based on a similar law in San Francisco, would prohibit performances involving wild or exotic animals. Kri ...Read More

A biotech firm with labs in California has agreed to an unprecedented $3.5 million fine to settle federal allegations of animal cruelty. (maryhere/morguefile)

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. - A biotech firm with facilities in California will pay $3.5 million in a settlement with the U.S. Department of Agriculture for violating the federal Animal Welfare Act. Santa Cruz Biotechnology has admitted no wrongdoing, but will lose its dealer's license and registration as ...Read More

Advocates fear the impact of oil testing in the Big Cypress National Preserve. (M. Schwartz)

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – The Big Cypress National Preserve is one of the most biologically diverse sites in the state, but many who love it say it's not being preserved the way it should. The National Park Service recently authorized seismic testing in the preserve, a process that involves mu ...Read More

USDA inspectors found numerous small animals, often diseased or dead, kept in filthy cages at the Holmes Farm facility in Pennsylvania in January. (PETA photo)

PHOENIX - An animal-rights group is demanding that an Arizona-based pet supply chain, PetSmart, stop selling animals obtained from a breeding farm that is under federal investigation for cruelty. A U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) report released last week found numerous violations of federal ...Read More

Workers toss bags of contaminated soil up from the beach after the oil spill at Refugio in May 2015. (Ashley Blacow/Oceana)

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Environmental groups are applauding the criminal indictment Tuesday of the company blamed for the massive oil spill last May in Refugio, about an hour north of Santa Barbara. A grand jury indicted Plains All-American Pipeline on 46 counts related to the spill. In addition, o ...Read More

Honeybee populations in the United States dropped by 44 percent last year. (DrScythe/Pixabay)

CHEYENNE, Wy. - Honeybee populations in the U.S. dropped by 44 percent last year according to a new national survey. Tiffany Finck-Haynes, food futures campaigner, with Friends of the Earth says bees are essential to agriculture, responsible for more than $20 billion of the U.S. economy and contri ...Read More

Beekeepers' colonies have been in decline for the past decade, and a new federal survey says last year was no exception. (pixabay)

PORTLAND, Ore. - Both bees and beekeepers are feeling the sting as a new federal survey confirms that keepers lost 28 percent of their colonies last winter, after losses of 22 percent the previous year. The survey results are in keeping with a larger trend that started a decade ago, when bee number ...Read More

Honeybee colonies in the United States declined dramatically last year, and advocates say that's not sustainable for agriculture in the U.S. (USDA)

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - U.S. beekeepers have reported losing nearly 44 percent of their colonies over the last year, according to an annual report just out. Tiffany Finck-Haynes, food futures campaigner for Friends of the Earth, says that's too high to be sustainable for agriculture in this country. She ...Read More

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