Sunday, September 25, 2022


The health-care subsidy extension a relief for small businesses; Consumer groups press for a bill to reform credit reporting; and an international group aims to transform how people view peace and conflict.


Condemnation of Russian war on Ukraine continues at the U.N, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says there's need for worker training to rebuild Puerto Rico, the House takes on record corporate profits while consumers struggle with inflation.


The Old Farmer's Almanac predicts two winters across the U.S., the Inflation Reduction Act could level the playing field for rural electric co-ops, and pharmacies are dwindling in rural America.

MA: Animal Welfare

According to the National Wildlife Federation, 33 million tons of leaves and other lawn debris are sent to landfills every year. (Needpix/Creative Commons)
Leaving Leaves on Property Can Help Environment, Wildlife

BOSTON -- If you're feeling lazy about leaves piling up on your property, experts say you shouldn't. Leaving those leaves can help the environment as …

A bipartisan bill pending in Congress, the SAVE Right Whales Act, would provide funding for ropeless gear trials and other right whale research and conservation innovations. (Rusty Elliott/Adobe Stock)
How Lobster-Gear Changes Could Save Right Whales from Extinction

CAPE COD, Mass. – North Atlantic right whales number slightly more than 400 and are facing extinction, including off the shore of Massachusetts…

Experts say many mass murderers, including the Columbine shooters, had a history of animal abuse. (littlezam7@Twenty20)
Work Intensifies to Keep Guns Away from Animal Abusers

By Lynne Peeples/Broadcast version by Mary Schuermann Reporting for the FairWarning-Commonwealth News Service Collaboration BOSTON – A convict…

Animal-rescue advocates in New England are putting the word out ahead of the Easter holiday; rabbits should not be impulse purchases. (E. Hartman).
Solid Reasons to Stick to Chocolate Bunnies, Avoid Impulse Pet Purchases

BOSTON – A real, live bunny may seem like a cute, cuddly Easter gift for a little one, but animal-welfare groups are cautioning Bay Staters to …

Target, Costco and Whole Foods scored best on a new report card on organic produce and bee-friendly policies. (Northeast Organic Farming Association)
Retailers "Not Offering Enough" Organic Food; MA Consumers Demand More

BOSTON – Bees and other pollinators are responsible for one of every three bites of food we eat, but 40 percent of all pollinating species are …

Question 3 on Massachusetts' November ballot would prohibit cruel confinement of farm animals. (HSUS)
Cage-Free Decision on November Ballot for Bay Staters

BOSTON -- When Commonwealth voters cast their ballots in November, one box they may check will for Question 3: a measure to prohibit cruelty in the …

The Atlantic puffin is one of many species that are expected to benefit from President Obama's designation of the first-ever marine national monument in the North Atlantic. (Richard Bartz via wikimedia)
New England Scores: First Atlantic Marine National Monument

CAPE COD, Mass. - With the stroke of a pen, President Obama has designated a new national monument off the coast of Cape Cod. It is the first-ever …

On the heels of an undercover investigation that exposed inhumane conditions at a New England egg farm, local advocates say a cage free ballot initiative is all the more important in the Commonwealth. (HSUS).
MA Cage-Free Egg Ballot Proposal Deemed More Important After Probe

BOSTON – Local animal rights advocates say a cage free ballot proposition in the Commonwealth is all the more urgent after an undercover investi…

Action by the National Marie Fisheries Service will expand protected waters in the North Atlantic for the right whale, which is more endangered than Siberian tigers or pandas. (NMFS/NOAA)
Lifeline for Endangered Right Whales: Along Bay State and More

BOSTON - Wildlife protection advocates are calling it a lifeline that will protect the most endangered whales on earth, off the coast of New England …

A new report ranks the Commonwealth in the top 10 states for both the strength and scope of its animal-protection laws. (Pixabay)
MA Ranks in Top 10 States for Animals

BOSTON – Massachusetts scores in the top 10 for animals in a new report that ranks protection laws in all 50 states. The report from the …

Supporters are gathering petitions for a 2016 ballot initiative to curb farm animal confinement in Massachusetts. Courtesy: Humane Society of the United States.
Fall Signature Drive: MA Farm Animal Confinement Initiative

BOSTON - People who are concerned about animal cruelty are hitting the streets gathering support for a 2016 Ballot Initiative to curb farm animal conf…

U.S. cosmetic companies, once cruelty free, are testing on animals in China in order to sell products there - unbeknownst to many U.S. consumers. <br />Credit: PETA
US Make-Up Companies Testing on Animals in China

BOSTON – It's World Week for Animals in Laboratories – a time to remember the millions of animals in Massachusetts and around the world th…


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