PNS Daily Newscast - July 7, 2020 

The U.S. Supreme Court rules against rogue 2016 Electoral College voters; SBA pandemic aid goes to companies that don't pledge to save or create jobs.

2020Talks - July 7, 2020 

Biden's climate change task force is making some progress; a federal judge orders the Dakota Access Pipeline shut down; and today sees elections in NJ and DE.

Public News Service - NY: Animal Welfare

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NEW YORK - Some see it as a "painful" loophole in animal-slaughter regulations. It affects so-called "downer calves" in the Tri-State area: cattle that are on the ground and can't get up. Federal law currently prohibits the slaughter for food of adult cattle that are too sick, injured or weak to st

PHOTO: Despite yearly warnings, many parents buy Easter gifts of baby bunnies and chicks for sale in many pet stores and online on sites like Craigslist, but animal advocates caution that when the novelty wears off, there are limited options. Photo credit: Hihih Krulik/Wikipedia

NEW YORK - Every year around Easter, animal experts stress that bringing any animal into the home should be a well-thought-out decision and not just a holiday whim. Yet parents still give kids live bunnies or baby chicks, often with their feathers dyed in colors. With the right nutrition, housing

IMAGE: Undercover video shows alleged abuse of calves at Catelli Bros. Slaughterhouse. Courtesy Humane Society of the United States.

NEW YORK – The doors of a Tri-State area veal slaughterhouse have been shuttered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) amid allegations of calf abuse prompted by the Humane Society of the United States. Kathleen Schatzmann, the group's New Jersey state director, says a 46-day investig

Carriage horse dies on NYC street. Courtesy of The Humane Society of the United States.

NEW YORK - Horse-drawn carriage rides in New York City could soon be part of a bygone era, if new mayor Bill de Blasio has his way. He said a ban on the use of carriage-horses will be a top priority for his administration. Some call that controversial and unnecessary, but many public safety and anim

SeaWorld Float Shows Orcas in the Wild - Not Representative of Reality

NEW YORK – Despite an online petition with more than 80,000 signatures and opposition from several animal-welfare groups and celebrities, SeaWorld's float will be part of the lineup in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. SeaWorld has an image problem, due in large part to the recent document

Hundreds of pets available for adoption this weekend. Photo courtesy of North Shore Animal League America.

PORT WASHINGTON, N.Y. – Millions of lost and homeless companion animals currently fill shelters in New York and around the country, and thousands are euthanized every day simply because of a lack of funds and space. North Shore Animal League America in Port Washington is working to change tha

PHOTO: A new federal bill would phase out

NEW YORK - Whether they buy "cage-free," "free range," "pasture-raised" or just "eggs," a growing number of people are concerned with where and how their food is produced. A new bill in Congress would make egg-labeling mandatory, as well as adding more humane living standards for millions of egg-lay

PHOTO: Dryden, NYs mostly rural landscape can be protected from oil and gas drilling and fracking by local land use ordinances, according to a ruling by a NY Appeals Court Thursday. Courtesy Town of Dryden.

ALBANY, N.Y. – A New York Appeals Court has ruled in favor of two upstate towns, Dryden and Middlefield, saying a lower court was right in upholding bans the towns placed on fracking – or the fracturing of underground shale rock to extract natural gas. Dryden passed a zoning ordinance

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