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‘I think this is a huge victory’: Ruling in Argentina opens door to granting apes personhood

A legal decision in Argentina, plus ongoing litigation in the United States, has given advocates for the rights of primates hope that the rights of nonhuman primates could improve.

Animal rights activist arrested after chicken truck crash

A tractor-trailer hauling a load of live chickens crashed on state Highway 502 on Monday afternoon, spilling hundreds of birds and delaying traffic.

UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 7, 2017

PETA calls for investigation into Thurston County meat processor

A national animal rights group is calling for a criminal investigation into a Yelm-based meat processor after it was repeatedly cited by food safety inspectors.

UPDATED: Sun., Nov. 19, 2017

Trump voices doubt about trophy hunting policy

President Donald Trump on Sunday expressed more doubts about a new policy allowing trophies of African elephants shot for sport to be imported, appearing to question whether “this horror show” …

UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 17, 2017

Trump delays new policy on importing elephant parts

President Donald Trump said Friday he’s delaying a new policy allowing the body parts of African elephants shot for sport to be imported until he can review “all conservation facts.”

Animal rights groups demand action against Iowa fur farm

Federal inspectors have repeatedly ordered a southeast Iowa fur farm to improve the grim living conditions for ferrets, foxes, raccoons and skunks it sells to government laboratories and pet stores.

UPDATED: Wed., July 12, 2017

Animal rights protesters swarm Chick-fil-A store in Florida

Customers at a Chick-fil-A restaurant in Florida found themselves navigating past animal rights protesters wearing masks, covered in fake blood and clutching butcher knives.

Native Americans say grizzly bear decision violates religion

Native American tribes, clans and leaders from seven states and Canada say the U.S. government’s recent decision to lift protections for grizzly bears in the Yellowstone National Park area violates …

UPDATED: Thu., June 8, 2017

Appeals court says chimpanzees don’t have rights of people

Two chimpanzees that were caged at a trailer lot and at a primate sanctuary don’t have the legal rights of people in New York, an appeals court said Thursday.

UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 17, 2017

New University of Idaho animal policies set in response to gassing of nuisance animals

More than four months after a University of Idaho task force delivered its suggestions concerning the management of nuisance animals on campus to president Chuck Staben, changes to policy may …

Dealer that supplied Petco, PetSmart is charged with cruelty

Animal cruelty charges were filed Wednesday against a Pennsylvania small-animal dealer that supplied major pet retailers like Petco and PetSmart.

Elephant struggles to adjust to Oklahoma zoo

Zoo records show that an elephant transferred from Seattle’s Woodland Park Zoo to Oklahoma City Zoo last year has been bitten by her new herd members.

Oregon Zoo takes in wild bobcat kitten

The Oregon Zoo has taken in a 2-month-old bobcat kitten that was removed from the wild near Eagle Point, Oregon by well-intentioned but misguided humans.

Valencia, Spain, outlaws tradition of fiery bull horns

The southern Mediterranean city of Valencia has banned a longtime tradition in which bulls are set loose on neighborhood streets with flaming balls of wax or fireworks affixed to their …

2 tiger skins, animal parts found in police stop of truck from Thai temple

Thai police stopped a truck Thursday carrying two tiger skins and other animal parts as it was leaving a Buddhist temple where monks have been accused of being involved in …

Sea Shepherd founder Paul Watson rams whalers for a living

Love him or loathe him, Paul Watson, the 65-year-old, silver-haired founder of Sea Shepherd and co-founder of Greenpeace is now a celebrity because of his job: ramming whaling boats for …

Last dance: Final performance for Ringling Bros. elephants

Six Asian elephants danced, balanced on each others’ backs and sat on their hind legs during their last show in Providence, Rhode Island on Sunday.

SeaWorld to stop breeding orcas, making them perform tricks

ORLANDO, Fla. – Finally bowing to years of public pressure, SeaWorld announced Thursday it will immediately stop breeding killer whales, and soon stop making them perform theatrical tricks. SeaWorld’s 29 …

Spokane City Council bans use of elephant hooks

A device used to control elephants will no longer be allowed to be used in Spokane. The Spokane City council voted 6-1 to prohibit the use of elephant hooks, Monday.

Idaho appeals ‘ag-gag’ ruling to 9th Circuit

Idaho has appealed the federal court ruling overturning its ‘ag gag’ law to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.

UPDATED: Sun., Oct. 18, 2015

I-1401 would add state protection for some endangered animals

Initiative 1401 takes aim at poachers, but opponents say it’s a feel-good measure that will create problems for people who have legal ivory.

Judge: Idaho anti-dairy spying law unconstitutional

A federal judge has ruled that Idaho’s law banning secret filming of animal abuse at agricultural facilities is unconstitutional.

Idaho hunter organizing two-day wolf derby

BOISE – An Idaho outfitter is organizing a post-Christmas contest where two-person teams of hunters will be awarded $2,000 in cash prizes and trophies for shooting wolves and coyotes, angering …

California first state to ban lead ammo for hunting

California will become the first state to ban lead ammunition for all types of hunting, according to a bill signed into law signed today by Gov. Jerry Brown.

Animal lovers should stop sending money to zealots

I took a beating in the letters-to-the-editor pages a few weeks ago for pointing out the threat national-scale animal rights groups pose to the sports of hunting and fishing. Now …

Pacelle’s HSUS again shows distasteful image to world

Washington’s general deer hunting season opens Saturday. Thousands of photos will be snapped to preserve the memories of hard work, fabulous scenery, quality family time, good friends and, for perhaps …

In this game of tug, the dog’s the prize

Every dog has his day, and it looks as if Harlee the black Pomeranian will have his day in court. The Spokane County family that lost Harlee in summer 2007 …

Activists Blast Sending Monkeys Into Space

About two dozen activists, some wearing space suits with monkey masks, staged a noisy protest Friday to demand the federal government cancel a $33 million project to send monkeys into …

Feds Poisoning Gulls Despite Protests Activists Try To Counteract Bait Set By Wildlife Officials

Wildlife officials prepare to bait gull nests on South Monomoy. Photo by Associated Press

Group’s Persistent Attacks Annoy Omak Rodeo Backers Paws Continues Its Battle To Stop Downhill Horse Race

Organizers of Omak’s “World Famous Suicide Race” say a Seattle-area group is spreading misinformation in its perennial battle to stop the downhill horse race. The Progressive Animal Welfare Society announced …