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PNS Daily Newscast - September 25, 2020 

Democrats reported to be preparing a smaller pandemic relief package; vote-by-mail awaits a court decision in Montana.

2020Talks - September 25, 2020 

Senators respond to President Donald Trump's refusal to commit to a peaceful transfer of power. And, former military and national security officials endorse Joe Biden.

Public News Service - KY: Animal Welfare

Kentucky passed a law in 2017 that allows courts to order people convicted of cruelty involving horses to lose ownership rights. (christels/Pixabay)

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Kentucky can't seem to claw its way out of last place when it comes to keeping animals safe. For the 11th consecutive year, a report from the Animal Legal Defense Fund ranks the Commonwealth 50th among states in state and local animal protection laws. Lora Dunn, director o

Pet costumes should be comfortable and not restrict the animal's natural movement. (Brett Neilson/Flickr)

FRANKFORT, Ky. – The candy, costumes and spooky fun of Halloween that little ones love can actually be quite a fright for our furry friends. Andrea Blair, PR and marketing director for the Kentucky Humane Society, explains one of the biggest concerns is a dog or cat slipping out the door, so

While Gunther, above, has a good home, some dogs in Kentucky aren't so lucky. According to a new report the state has the worst animal-protection laws in the nation. (Greg Stotelmyer)

FRANKFORT, Ky. - Sen. Tom Buford, who for more than a decade has fought an uphill battle in the state Legislature to improve Kentucky's animal-protection laws, is not surprised that Kentucky ranks worst in the nation at protecting animals. The 2015 rankings by the Animal Legal Defense Fund place Ke

PHOTO: Stopping a right to farm bill in Kentucky, which would have placed protections in the state Constitution, is a victory, according to the Humane Society of the United States. Photo by Greg Stotelmyer.

FRANKFORT, Ky. - A controversial "right to farm" bill died with last week's end of the 2015 session of the Kentucky General Assembly, but the pros and cons of the legislation still are being argued - and the bill's sponsor says it will not go away. Sen. Robin Webb, D-Grayson, said her bill, Senate

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

PHOTO: A hog farm in Owensboro was the site of an undercover investigation by the Humane Society of the United States alleging mistreatment of animals. Photo courtesy HSUS.

FRANKFORT, Ky. – The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) claims its undercover investigation of a factory farm in Kentucky shows how the pork industry is still in the dark ages. Paul Shapiro, the society’s vice president of farm animal protection, says the recent investigation a

PHOTO: This is one of the Barbary Macaques removed from the Las Vegas Zoo - now in a central Kentucky primate sanctuary. Photo courtesy Primate Rescue Center.

NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. - When the troubled Las Vegas Zoo in Nevada closed unexpectedly late last month, the scramble was on to find new homes for the nearly 200 animals that had been housed there. Since then, animal welfare workers, including April Truitt, co-founder and director of a primate sanctuary

PHOTO: The proposed Farm Bill includes a crackdown on cockfighting, an illegal activity in which Kentucky is known as a hub. Courtesy HSUS.

FRANKFORT, Ky. - Cockfighting is illegal in all 50 states and a felony in 40 of them - but not Kentucky, where it remains a misdemeanor. Wayne Pacelle, president and chief executive of the Humane Society of the United States, called Kentucky's cockfighting law "anemic," adding that he hopes the Far

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