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PHOTO: A legal complaint has been served over the odors emanating from a Todd County pig farm, with the plaintiffs claiming the stench is making their lives miserable. Photo credit: Mercy for Animals/Flickr.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Neighbors of a central Minnesota hog facility are going to court, claiming the odors from the operation are not only pungent but a nuisance under state law. According to Amanda Hungerford, an equal justice works litigation fellow with the Humane Society of the United States, the p ...Read More

PHOTO: A panel discussion on Idaho's so-called 'ag-gag' law is planned for today at the Idaho State Bar classroom in Boise. The law is being challenged in federal court on constitutional-rights grounds. Photo credit: Deborah C. Smith.

BOISE, Idaho - Idaho's so-called "ag-gag" law is up for discussion Thursday. The law was already controversial when it was being considered by lawmakers in the Idaho statehouse, with supporters saying it was needed to prevent animal rights activists from staging video that would lead to false accus ...Read More

PHOTO: Over 500,000 acres of public land in several western states could receive protections from the federal government for the yellow-billed cuckoo, which is also being considered for endangered species designation. Photo credit: Lower Colorado River Multi-Species Conservation Program.

TUCSON, Ariz. - The federal government is moving to protect hundreds of thousands of acres of public land in Arizona and several other western states that the yellow-billed cuckoo bird calls home. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing to designate over 500,000 acres as critical habitat fo ...Read More

PHOTO: The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has decided that the wolverine will not be listed under the Endangered Species Act. About 300 animals exist in the United States, mainly in Montana, Idaho and Wyoming. Photo credit: U.S. Forest Service

MISSOULA, Mont. - A decision on whether wolverines should be considered "threatened" under the Endangered Species Act took 14 years. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has decided the animals are not imperiled, citing uncertainty about the ecology of the wolverine. Wolverines are found mainly in ar ...Read More

PHOTO: It's been a busy summer for state wildlife officials dealing with an increase in black bear nuisance complaints in Northern Nevada. Photo courtesy National Park Service

CARSON CITY, Nev. - This spring, state wildlife officials forecast a busy summer for black bear calls in northern Nevada as a result of the drought - a forecast that appears to be right on target. Chris Healy, public information officer for the state Department of Wildlife, said severe drought is c ...Read More

PHOTO: Some say it's the perfect match, older adults with older pets needing foster homes. Photo credit: Elizabeth Ashley Jerman/Flickr.
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – For a rising number of Tennesseans, as they grow older and enter retirement and go through other major life changes, it's not a time to slow down, but a chance to seek out meaning. That may include finding ways to give back and make a difference. Tara Shaver, interim com ...Read More

PHOTO: Porcine epidemic diarrhea virus, or PED, has killed millions of baby pigs in 30 states, but the Wisconsin State Veterinarian says PED has hit other pork-producing states much harder than Wisconsin. (Photo courtesy of Univ. of Illinois)

MADISON, Wis. - Porcine epidemic diarrhea virus has been hitting pork producers all across the nation for a little more than a year. Wisconsin State Veterinarian Dr. Paul McGraw is on the federal committee which has developed a vaccine for PED, which he called a devastating virus. "It will kill nea ...Read More

PHOTO: A hidden-camera investigation by the Los Angeles-based animal rights organization Mercy For Animals, shows a goat being grabbed by the neck at the Ontario Livestock Sales auction house in 2012. The auction house owner has pleaded no contest to violating California’s criminal animal cruelty laws. Photo credit: Mercy For Animals

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. - The owner of a Southern California livestock auction house is facing probation and fines after pleading no contest to animal cruelty charges under California's "downer" law. Charges were brought against Horacio Santorsola after an animal-rights group secretly videotaped wor ...Read More

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