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Marijuana, abortion, greyhounds: The local issues on U.S. midterm ballots

Nov 08, 2018 - 9:38 AM

From legalizing recreational marijuana to banning greyhound racing, here are local initiatives that Americans voted on during the midterm elections

VOTE. Americans also vote on local initiatives during the US midterm elections 2018. File photos from AFP, Shutterstock

Man-eating tiger shot dead in India after massive hunt

Nov 04, 2018 - 3:00 AM

Disputes erupt after the tiger's killing as media reports say it was shot in Yavatmal forest with no attempt to tranquilize her

MAN-EATING. Controversy erupted November 3, 2018 over the killing of a man-eating tiger in India that had claimed 13 victims in two years but may have been illegally killed herself. AFP file photo  AFP

U.S. court rules monkey does not own selfie copyright

Apr 25, 2018 - 10:03 PM

In 2015, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, a US-based animal rights group, filed a suit on behalf of Naruto the macaque monkey, claiming the photographer had infringed Naruto's copyright since the monkey had taken the picture himself

NARUTO THE MONKEY. The viral selfie taken by a macaque monkey using the smart phone of nature photographer David J. Slater and which became the subject of a complicated copyright lawsuit is displayed at the Museum of Selfies, in Glendale, California.

Japan whalers return from Antarctic hunt after killing 333 whales

Mar 31, 2018 - 6:55 PM

A fleet of five whalers set sail for the Southern Ocean in November, as Tokyo pursues its "research whaling" in defiance of global criticism

RESEARCH. This undated handout picture released from the Instutute of Cetacean Research on November 18, 2014 shows a minke whale on the deck of a whaling ship for research whaling at Antarctic Ocean. Photo from The Institute of Cetacean Research / AFP

Horror as Norway freight trains mow down over 100 reindeer

Nov 29, 2017 - 10:05 PM

Freight trains kill over a hundred reindeer which are migrating to winter pastures far north

'A Dog's Purpose' filmmakers accused of animal cruelty

Jan 20, 2017 - 12:09 AM

A video obtain by TMZ shows a German Shepherd struggling to get away from his handler at the edge of a pool with swirling water

Anger at skeletal sun bears in Indonesian zoo

Jan 18, 2017 - 9:09 PM

The bears at the zoo are shown waving their arms in the air inside their enclosure – with their ribs visible through their fur – as people hurled food at them In one video a bear defecates in the enclosure and eats its own feces

BEGGING FOR FOOD. A sun bear is offered chocolate by a visitor in its enclosure at a zoo in Bandung on January 18, 2017. Photo by Timur Matahari/ AFP

Ringling Bros. circus closing show after 146 years

Jan 15, 2017 - 3:56 PM

Company executives cited high operating costs and declining ticket sales after the traveling American circus retired its popular elephants as reasons

'GREATEST SHOW ON EARTH' This file photo taken on March 19, 2015 shows a circus performer hanging upside down during a Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus performance in Washington, DC. Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP

'Oro' rep admits to lying about dog slaughter scene – Liza Diño

Jan 03, 2017 - 8:21 PM

A real dog was killed while filming the movie not a goat with prosthetics as the production s representative previously said

Spanish matador gored to death in the ring

Jul 10, 2016 - 10:42 AM

Victor Barrio 29 is pronounced dead at the scene after being struck in the chest by the massive bull who tossed him in the air before he fell to the ground

In this file photo, Spanish matador Javier Fernandez lies on the ground after being hurled by a bull during the second bullfight of the San Fermin Festival at the Pamplona bullring on July 8, 2016. Pamplona is host to the most famous of Spain's many bull-running festivals, where hundreds of people try to outrun six charging bulls over 800 metres (yards). Photo by Miguel Riopa/ AFP

Hong Kong's Cathay Pacific bans shark fins

Jun 22, 2016 - 6:40 PM

UPDATED Marine conservationists praise the airline for its decision adding that more Hong Kong businesses should follow suit

epa03522251 A shark fin workers is seen arranging fins as thousands of shark fins are left out to dry on top of a roof top in Hong Kong's Kennedy Town district, Hong Kong, China, 02 January 2013. Shark fin traders have taken to drying freshly sliced fins from sharks on roof tops in the city, since a public outcry in 2010 over them drying the fins on public sidewalks forced them to move the trade out of sight. EPA/PAUL HILTON

Hermès hit by ostrich farm cruelty claims

Jun 01, 2016 - 10:19 AM

The French fashion house is hit with claims of animal cruelty at a South African ostrich farm which allegedly supplies skins that is used in its luxury handbags

ANIMAL CRUELTY? Hermes is hit with claims of cruelty at an ostrich farm that allegedly supplies skins used in its luxury handbags, the second such allegations in a year. It was previously thrust into the spotlight last year by a PETA film exposing maltreatment of crocodiles and alligators. In this file photo, activists with PETA protest the treatment of alligators and crocodiles outside a San Francisco Hermes retail store in 2015. File photo by John G Mabanglo/EPA

Cambodia firm to reduce elephant work hours after heatstroke death

Apr 26, 2016 - 6:20 PM

The regretful Angkor Elephant Company says it will let its 13 remaining elephants work fewer hours after one died on April 22

Japan to resume 'research' whaling in Antarctic: media

Nov 28, 2015 - 8:25 PM

It makes no secret of the fact that meat from the mammals – killed ostensibly for research – is processed into food

WHALING FLEET. A handout photo made available by the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society on December 18, 2009, shows Shonan Maru No. 2, a harpoon ship which is part of the Japanese whaling fleet, appearing beyond an iceberg in the Antarctic Southern Ocean on December 14, 2009. Photo by Michael Williams/EPA

Indonesia orangutans attacked by villagers after fleeing forest fires

Nov 10, 2015 - 8:17 PM

Many apes have recently fled their forest homes which have been engulfed by fires set to clear land and headed to villages to find food but locals view them as pests and there has been an increase in human animal conflict

The wRap Indonesia: Justice for mass killing victims, Rohingya rape allegations

Oct 01, 2015 - 6:00 AM

Indonesia commemorates 50 years since the events that triggered mass killings against communists Rohingya women accuse Aceh men of sexually abusing them and other top stories from Indonesia and around the world

PERSECUTION. Rohingyas persecuted in Myanmar have been forced to leave their homes in search of safety. File photo by EPA

Clubbed to death, blowtorched: Indonesia’s dog-eating culture

Sep 30, 2015 - 9:41 PM

Yanked by their necks dogs are clubbed on the head until they are unconscious before they are thrown to the floor and blowtorched to death Other dogs are still moving while they are being burned alive

DOG TORTURE. Dogs are clubbed to death before being blowtorched in Indonesia where dog meat is considered a delicacy. Screenshot from saynotodogmeat.net video

‘Lending a paw’ is easier than you think

Aug 24, 2015 - 6:40 PM

Take a photo with your pet and help another animal in need

Zimbabwe seeks US hunter's extradition for killing lion

Aug 01, 2015 - 10:16 AM

We are appealing to the responsible authorities for [Walter Palmer s] extradition to Zimbabwe so that he can be made accountable for his illegal actions says environment minister Oppah Muchinguri

WHO'S ACCOUNTABLE? Zimbawean minister of Environment Water and Climate Oppah Muchinguri has ordered the extradition of American citizen Dr Walter Palmer amid growing international pressure to act on the illegal killing of the iconic and collared Cecil the lion. Photo by Aaron Ufumeli/EPA

Cecil: Zimbabwe's majestic lion remembered

Jul 30, 2015 - 4:16 AM

Cecil is described by conservationists as a confident and majestic animal who is featured in countless photographs taken by safari goers from around the world

GONE. An undated handout photo provided by the Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority on July 28, 2015 shows Cecil, one of Zimbabwe's most famous lions, who was reportedly shot dead by US hunter Walter Palmer, of Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, according to reports in the UK media. Cecil was allegedly shot with a crossbow on July 6. Handout/EPA

Protesters muzzled at Chinese dog meat festival

Jun 22, 2015 - 2:52 PM

About 10 animal rights activists unfurled banners outside the Yulin government headquarters before a group of 20 men came and chased them off

SELLING DOGS. Vendors wait for people to buy dogs in a market of Yulin city, southern China's Guangxi province, June 20, 2015. Stringer/EPA

Chinese woman pays to rescue 100 dogs from meat festival – report

Jun 21, 2015 - 7:05 PM

Animal loving Yang Xiaoyun paid about 7 000 yuan US 1 100 to save around 100 dogs in the southern city of Yulin

DOG IN DANGER. In this file photo, a dog vendor lifts up a dog to protest against animal rights activists coming to block a local dog meat festival in Yulin city, Guizhou province, China, June 20, 2014. Li Ke/EPA

Escaped circus elephant kills German man

Jun 14, 2015 - 7:09 AM

The old man was talking his usual morning walk when he was attacked by the loose elephant

Japan dolphin fishermen vow to continue slaughter

May 28, 2015 - 8:54 AM

The announcement comes despite a pledge by zoos and aquariums not to buy animals caught with the controversial method

CONTROVERSIAL HUNT. A file photograph showing local fishermen trapping a group of dolphins in a holding cove following a large capture of dolphins in Taiji, Wakayama prefecture, Japan, February 22, 2007.  Lars Nicolaysen/EPA

Japanese zoos, aquariums vote to ditch Taiji dolphin hunt

May 21, 2015 - 9:25 AM

Taiji residents have long defended the drive hunt saying its purpose is to obtain dolphin meat which they say is a traditional part of their diet

CONTROVERSIAL HUNT. A file photograph showing local fishermen trapping a group of dolphins in a holding cove following a large capture of dolphins in Taiji, Wakayama prefecture, Japan, February 22, 2007.  Lars Nicolaysen/EPA

Illegal, cruel horse-fighting in Mindanao alive and kicking

Apr 18, 2015 - 8:58 AM

Despite national and local laws horse fight organizers are finding ways to hold their profitable derbies outside the gaze of authorities

BLOODIED. Most horses die from internal bleeding after powerful kicks from their opponent. Photo by NFA Philippines

Should a New York restaurant stop serving balut?

Apr 10, 2015 - 10:08 PM

One New York City animal rights activist thinks serving balut is disgusting and inhumane

Injured hippo dies in Taiwan, owner faces jail term

Dec 29, 2014 - 5:35 PM

The animal named A Ho after the Chinese word for hippo Ho Ma is found dead in its pond at a farm in central Taichung city

INJURED. In this photo taken on December 26, 2014, an injured hippo lies on the ground after it jumped from a truck in Miaoli county. Ashley Kuan/AFP

Orangutan unfazed by Argentine court victory

Dec 23, 2014 - 9:58 AM

In a world first a court upholds Sandra the Orangutan s right to be freed from a Buenos Aires Zoo

Reward offered for 'sadistic' killer of Grand Canyon squirrel

Aug 07, 2014 - 8:07 PM

A video was posted on YouTube of a shirtless man kicking the squirrel which has since been removed

Japan whaling town sued by dolphin activists

May 16, 2014 - 12:34 AM

The town has depended on coastal whaling for 4 centuries and local fishermen corral hundreds of dolphins to kill them for meat or sell them to aquariums and dolphinariums

NO MORE WHALING. The UN's top court on March 31, 2014 ordered Japan to end its annual Antarctic whale hunt, saying in a landmark ruling that the program was a commercial activity disguised as science. File photo by Sea Shepherd Australia Ltd./Glenn Lockitch/AFP

Japan whaling fleet returns from Antarctic

Apr 05, 2014 - 7:50 PM

A whaling fleet anchors at a Japanese port after Tokyo said it would cancel its annual hunt for the first time in more than 25 years to abide by a UN court ruling

WHALE HUNTING. The ruling Liberal Democratic Party Diet members' league for whaling offers a request to Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida to revive whaling in the Antarctic. Photo by Yoshikazu Tsuno/AFP

Netizens react to marriage proposal via dolphin

Feb 14, 2014 - 12:09 PM

But Ocean Adventure Park who posted photos of the proposal says the writing material used is safe for dolphins

WOULD YOU SAY YES? Netizens criticize a marriage proposal written on a dolphin in Ocean Adventure Park in Subic. Screengrab from Ocean Adventure Park Facebook page

Uproar over giraffe put down in zoo, fed to lion

Feb 10, 2014 - 1:50 AM

A crowd of visitors including small children in Copenhagen zoo looked on as an autopsy was carried out and the animal skinned and chopped up before being fed to a full maned lion

MARIUS KILLED. A perfectly healthy young giraffe named Marius was shot dead at Copenhagen zoo on Febuary 9, 2014 despite an online petition to save it signed by thousands of animal lovers. Photo by AFP

Experts nix move to Canada for sad Argentine polar bear

Feb 08, 2014 - 2:03 PM

Arturo is the last polar bear in captivity in Argentina and critics feared that the tropical temperatures particularly in summer were unhealthy for an animal typically found in arctic climates

ALONE. Specialists and activists are lobbying to transfer old Arturo, the only polar bear in Argentina and living in captivity, to a zoo in Canada to spare him from the Argentine heat. Photo by Andres Larrovere/AFP

Japan's PM defends dolphin hunting

Jan 25, 2014 - 5:00 PM

Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe defends the controversial tradition of Taiji village saying the ancient fishing practice rooted in their culture also supports their livelihoods

DOLPHIN CULL. This handout photo taken on January 20, 2014 by environmentalist group Sea Shepherd Conservation Society shows bottlenose dolphins trapped in the cove during the selection process by fishermen after a superpod of the mammals was driven into a cove in the Japanese town of Taiji. Sea Shepherd Conservation Society/via AFP

Despite outrage, dolphin slaughter in Japan town continues

Jan 23, 2014 - 7:59 PM

Fishermen in the small Japanese town of Taiji killed more than two dozen striped dolphins campaigners say as global outrage over the slaughter grows

DOLPHIN CULL. This handout photo taken on January 20, 2014 by environmentalist group Sea Shepherd Conservation Society shows bottlenose dolphins trapped in the cove during the selection process by fishermen after a superpod of the mammals was driven into a cove in the Japanese town of Taiji. Sea Shepherd Conservation Society/via AFP

Animal rights group accused over Hollywood abuses

Nov 27, 2013 - 1:35 PM

Reports state several incidents of animal death on set of Hollywood blockbusters

LIFE OF PI. The Bengal tiger which is central to the movie reportedly nearly drowned. Screen grab from the film's trailer

NPA rebels butcher hundreds of pigs in farm

Oct 30, 2013 - 11:01 PM

The attack may have been prompted by the farm s failure to meet rebel extortion demands

REBELS. NPA guerrillas in a gathering in Agusan del Sur. Photo by Karlos Manlupig

PH ups penalties for animal cruelty amid 'crush video' fury

Oct 07, 2013 - 6:11 PM

The penalty is now a maximum of 3 years in jail and or a P250 000 fine Previously the maximum penalty was two years in jail and or a P5 000 fine

More bite for animal rights law

Jul 14, 2013 - 9:07 PM

Cruelty to animals to get stiffer penalties

THEY TOO HAVE RIGHTS. Animal care makes better human beings

Bieber's pet monkey now 'German'

May 22, 2013 - 3:00 PM

Justin Bieber s pet monkey is now official German property

GERMAN MONKEY. Mally, Bieber's pet monkey has been claimed by Germany. Photo from the 'Justin and Mally Bieber' Facebook page

No meeting with Pamela Anderson to move Mali

May 04, 2013 - 11:51 AM

Transferring Mali the elephant to a sanctuary in Thailand will take more than a meeting with Pamela Anderson

TOO OLD TO TRAVEL. Freeing Mali and transferring her poses a risk to her health. Photo by Katherine Visconti

Why did Lolong die? Experts to investigate

Feb 11, 2013 - 4:56 PM

UPDATED A team of experts from the PAWB and the National Museum will conduct a necropsy and save the remains for taxidermy the DENR says

PACKED IN ICE. Workers put ice blocks on to the remains of Lolong before the necropsy is conducted. AFP PHOTO/Erwin Mascarinas

Naked never fails: Models and elephant Mali

Feb 05, 2013 - 9:59 PM

Mali is at the center of a tug of war between activists and zoo workers Both claim to want what s best for Mali but fundamentally disagree on what that is

Why being good to our food is good for us

Jan 30, 2013 - 5:40 PM

When chickens and pigs grow at a natural pace and environment they are healthier

HAPPY CHICKS. Some farms treat their livestock cruelly, some keep them happy. All photos from the Costales Nature Farm Facebook page

Slaughterhouse-bound dogs rescued in Cavite

Oct 17, 2012 - 3:37 PM

The dogs were rescued when they were on their way to the slaughterhouse and then markets in Baguio

RESCUED DOGS guarded by police inside a truck. Photo courtesy of AKF

Star elephant courts controversy in Manila Zoo

Oct 17, 2012 - 12:32 PM

An elderly elephant named Mali is the star at Manila s zoo but also the focus of a campaign alleging animal cruelty that has united the country s powerful bishops global pop stars and a Nobel laureate

In a picture taken on June 20, 2012, visitors look at the 35-year-old elephant named Mali at the Manila Zoo. The historic Manila Zoo, once a major attraction of the Philippines, now finds itself the target of criticism for the condition of its animals, particularly its "star", an elephant named Mali. AFP PHOTO/NOEL CELIS

'Dog Whisperer' leads pack walk for unwanted pooches

Sep 30, 2012 - 9:51 AM

Dog Whisperer Cesar Millan led thousands of Washington dog lovers and their four legged pals on a pack walk to raise election year awareness of the plight of unwanted canines

PACK WALK. TV host and animal trainer Cesar Millan (center), known to audiences as the "Dog Whisperer," leads the "Pack Walk" in Washington DC on September 29, 2012. Photo courtesy of the Cesar Millan Foundation official page on Facebook.

Activist in Oscar-winning docu urges ban on dolphin import

Sep 24, 2012 - 2:27 PM

Activist Ric O Barry wants consumers to stop buying tickets at ocean themed parks where dolphins are held in captivity

Dolphin activists Ric O'Barry