Animal Welfare Stories

  • UW, Other Schools Face Calls to Improve Animal Safety in Research Labs The University of Wisconsin won a recent legal battle tied to accusations of animal abuse within its research facilities. Activists hope that doesn't end the conversation – or the scrutiny. The case had to do with the university restricting social media comments critical […]
  • Opossums: Popular Meme, Misunderstood Marsupial The opossum has become a popular part of the internet, with memes dedicated to the funny-looking animal across the web. In the wild, an Idaho researcher says the scruffy marsupials deserve our respect. Donna Holmes Parks PhD is an associate professor in the biology department at the University of Idaho, […]
  • Avian Flu Takes Big Toll on UT Turkey Farms About 700,000 turkeys across 18 Utah farms have to be euthanized following an outbreak of the avian flu. Bailee Woolstenhulme, public information officer with the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food, said the first cases were detected earlier this year, but did not start taking off […]
  • Nebraskans Urge Better State Management of Factory Farm Animal Waste Clean-water advocates are urging the Nebraska Department of Environment and Energy to do more to protect drinking water and soil quality impacted by industrial-scale beef, pork and chicken operations. Jonathan Leo, of counsel, Richman Law and Policy, points to one proposed operation in Dundy County […]
  • Teton Raptor Center Nears Historic Restoration Goal The Teton Raptor Center was recently awarded a $10,000 grant from the National Trust for Historic Preservation to help the site become a year-round destination for anyone interested in learning more about the region's owls, eagles, hawks, falcons and other wild birds. Amy McCarthy, executive director of the […]
  • AZ Group Wants Wild Horse Killings to Stop Three dozen wild horses have been shot and killed in the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest, and an Arizona group is advocating for protection for wild horses in the area near Alpine. Another 15 to 20 horses are missing. Simone Netherlands, president and founder of the Salt River Wild […]
  • Conservation Groups: Far-Reaching Clean Water Protections in Peril Fifty years ago this week, Congress passed the Clean Water Act, allowing policymakers in the 50 states to limit pollution, prosecute polluters and fund clean-water restoration efforts. Now, it's in jeopardy. Backers of the Clean Water Act fear the health of about half the nation's streams and […]
  • The 'Beaver Deceiver' Protects the Taos Watershed, Wetland Habitat A wildlife ecosystem can benefit from a beaver dam, but their location can cause headaches for humans when they produce flooding. In Taos, New Mexico, conservationists think they've found a cohabitation solution. It is technically called a "Castor Master," but is better known as a "Beaver […]