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    PNS Daily News - March 6, 20150 

    Among the stories featured on our Friday rundown; New York schools lifting some barriers to immigrant enrollment; Connecticut lawmakers take up a Better Jobs Act; and citizens in West Virginia force lawmakers to shed some light on dark money.

Animal Welfare

PHOTO: A recent BLM Resource Development Plan is being widely criticized for putting the interests of oil and gas companies ahead of landowners, wildlife and the health of Mesa Verde National Park. Photo courtesy of the National Park Service.
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DENVER - Conservationists, land owners and local officials all say they're concerned about the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) Tres Rios Resource Management Plan. The plan opens up over 90 percent of the 800,000 acres managed by the BLM to oil and gas development in southwest Colorado. Chris Saeg ...Read More

PHOTO: A California animal-rights group aims to raise awareness of cruelty involved in the dog meat trade in the United States and abroad. Photo courtesy: No To Dog Meat.

While the thought of eating the family dog or cat may sound repulsive to most Americans, in some cultures it is considered quite normal. One California group is trying to change that perception. Fia Perera, who co-founded the Los Angeles-based U.S. branch of the animal advocacy group No To Dog Meat ...Read More

PHOTO: These puppies were found at a farm owned by an American Kennel Club Breeder of Merit, and were allegedly suffering from health problems, overcrowding and unsanitary conditions at the time this photo was taken. Photo credit: Humane Society of the United States.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Purebred dogs are the picture of perfection, and their popularity was highlighted this month at the annual Westminster Dog Show, which remains the nation's second-longest continuously-held sporting event. But an investigation by the Humane Society of the United States alleges th ...Read More

PHOTO: Animal rights activist plan to protest tonight's opening of the circus at the Barclays Center. They say it sends the wrong message to kids about ethical treatment of animals. Courtesy: Cappiello PETA

NEW YORK - The big top opens tonight in Brooklyn and animal-rights activists plan to be out in force to protest. Julie Cappiello, co-founder and vice president with Long Island Orchestrating for Nature, says her group will be among those sending a message to those attending the event at the Barclay ...Read More

Renee King-Sonnen married a fourth generation cattle rancher, but now is converting the 96-acre Angleton cattle ranch into an animal farm sanctuary.

ANGLETON, Texas - Cattle are the state's most profitable agricultural product, but one cattle rancher's wife decided the animals are too priceless to sell. Renee King-Sonnen married a fourth-generation cattle rancher six years ago. When she first arrived at the 96-acre cattle ranch in Angleton, she ...Read More

PHOTO: There's a march and candlelight vigil tonight in Gardiner to show support preservation of bison herds in Yellowstone National Park. Photo courtesy of National Park Service.

GARDINER, Mont. - It's about "buff-love" for Valentine's Day in Montana. That's how organizers characterize a week of action to raise awareness about wild buffalo - also called bison. There's a march and candlelight vigil tonight in Gardiner. Stephany Seay, media coordinator with the Buffalo Field ...Read More

PHOTO: The Humane Society of the United States wants Congress to ban the sale and transportation of horses abroad for human consumption such as these being moved into Mexico. Photo courtesy Kathy Milani/The HSUS.

FALMOUTH, Ky. - No horse slaughter plants operate in the United States, but a leading animal-welfare organization says more than 100,000 horses a year are being shipped abroad into the horsemeat trade. The Humane Society of the United States wants Congress to ban the sale and transportation of hors ...Read More

PHOTO: The Washington State Department of Agriculture says the avian influenza outbreaks it has found so far have been concentrated in flocks where wild birds and domesticated chickens mingle. Photo credit: kromeshnik/

OROVILLE, Wash. - It's the fourth quarantine in a month, and the second in Okanogan County, as state agriculture officials try to control the spread of what they say is a highly contagious form of avian influenza in Washington. As its name suggests, the virus affects birds, not people, and is fatal ...Read More

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