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    PNS Daily News - December 22, 20140 


    A variety issues to start the week on our nationwide rundown including; the shooter is reported to have bragged before he assassinated a pair of NYPD officers; when pigs fly-a drone captures rare images of North Carolina pig farms; and a caution to Santa’s helpers, lotto tickets can be worse than coal for stocking stuffers.

Animal Welfare

Photo: Devries captured images like this one with his camera equipped drone, which flew over several North Carolina pig farms which supply hogs to Smithfield. Photo courtesy: Devries

KENANSVILLE, N.C. – A documentary filmmaker calls it alarming – the birds-eye view he recorded of some large North Carolina pig farms. Mark Devries used a drone to capture the images of lagoons of pig waste at a number of facilities, all of which supply pigs to Smithfield, the world's ...Read More

PHOTO: From the Christmas tree, to the tinsel, to a houseful of guests, the holidays pose many potential dangers for curious pets, so their owners are advised to take some simple precautions to keep them safe. Photo credit: Amy Schneider.

COLUMBUS, Ohio – With all the food and festivities, keeping Fluffy or Fido safe during the holidays can be a challenge. But furry family members will be just fine with some simple precautions from their owners. KC Theisen, director of pet care issues at the Humane Society of the United Sta ...Read More

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

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