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Michael Vick Comes to Phillynew

When the Eagles announced that they signed a one-year-on plus one-year-option contract with convicted animal abuser Michael Vick, networking boards lit up like pinball machines. But will Philadelphians make good on their love of animals? Or is the outrage a little too easy?
Philadelphia Weekly  |  Tara Murtha  |  08-17-2009  |  Sports

Taxidermist Rick Nadeau Has a Lot of Fun With His 'Little Buddies'new

Nadeau specializes in "characters": military squirrels in brightly colored felt berets clutching M16s with lit cigarettes dangling from their lips. There was Secret Squirrel who huddled in a trench coat and fedora, and a fiddler in railroad overalls.
Riverfront Times  |  Aimee Levitt  |  08-14-2009  |  Culture

Jimmy On the Edge of Townnew

A homeless Christian-Muslim from Palestine pitches a tent behind Bed Bath & Beyond in Northridge. Then come the railroad men and feral cat activists.
L.A. Weekly  |  Patrick Range McDonald  |  07-31-2009  |  Culture

Tribe Lays Groundwork for Condor's Return to Redwood Countrynew

Under orders from its elders, California's largest Native American tribe, the Yurok, is working to bring back one of redwood country's long-lost inhabitants -- prey-go-neesh, the endangered California condor.
North Coast Journal  |  Heidi Walters  |  07-16-2009  |  Environment

Will Wolves Be Saved Under New Mexico's Recovery Program?new

Under a questionable partnership, the Fish and Wildlife Service has managed to give away its statutory responsibility to recover endangered species to a consortium of agencies, allege critics of the way wolf introduction is being managed in the southwest. Wolves are being removed -- or killed -- by the very people charged with reintroducing the animals to the wild.
Santa Fe Reporter  |  Laura Paskus  |  07-16-2009  |  Animal Issues

What the Cluck? Urban Chicken Raising Gets Hipnew

Does simplifying agricultural traditions -- and contracting out the unpleasant aspects of rural life -- make the desire for a slice of the country in the city any less genuine? Most would say no and that it takes more than Google to learn how to properly kill a chicken.
Boise Weekly  |  Tara Morgan  |  07-08-2009  |  Gardening

Service Animals Are a Big Bone of Contention in Grocery Storesnew

Grocery stores are on a short leash when it comes to excluding pets deemed by their human companions to be service animals, because animals are considered service animals under the Americans with Disabilities Act regardless of whether they have been licensed or certified for that function by a state or local government.
Willamette Week  |  Megan Brescini  |  07-08-2009  |  Animal Issues

'Milk Teeth' Couldn't Be More Different Than 'Marley and Me'new

By title alone, Milk Teeth: A Memoir of a Woman and Her Dog would seem to fall into the same cutesy genre as John Grogan's bestselling 2005 memoir. Though it does feature a deviantly behaved Lab and a plethora of lessons on life and love, Robbie Pfeufer Kahn's meditative, soul-searching book couldn’t be more different.
Seven Days  |  Amy Lilly  |  06-19-2009  |  Nonfiction

Dale Bozzio Appeals Jail Sentence, Goes on Tournew

The bizarre animal-cruelty case of Missing Persons frontwoman Dale Bozzio is far from over.
Boston Phoenix  |  Ashley Rigazio  |  06-18-2009  |  Crime & Justice

Have San Francisco's Service Animal Laws Gone to the Dogs?new

In San Francisco, snakes, lizards, pit bulls, chickens, pigeons, and rodents have all been declared service animals, hauled onto public transportation, housed legally in city apartments, and, essentially, given the full run of the city.
SF Weekly  |  Joe Eskenazi  |  06-17-2009  |  Animal Issues

Sensitive Species Butt Heads with Energy Needs in the Battle for Idaho Sagebrushnew

As the energy development race heats up, it's heading for a face-to-fuzzy-tail confrontation with two high desert species on the fast track to federal protection: sage grouse and pygmy rabbits.
Boise Weekly  |  Deanna Darr  |  06-03-2009  |  Environment

Dale Bozzio Sentenced to Jailnew

Two months after being convicted of animal cruelty, new-wave pop icon Dale Bozzio feels trapped in her own personal witch trial. Then again, things could work out; celebrity jail time is a familiar theme for a reality-TV show.
Boston Phoenix  |  Ashley Rigazio  |  05-29-2009  |  Music

Scenes From the Life of a Racing Greyhoundnew

Although a well-organized anti-racing lobby now has its sights set on the Sunshine State, it's hard to tell if legislative efforts are hastening or hindering the end of this moribund industry.
New Times Broward-Palm Beach  |  Michael J. Mooney  |  05-26-2009  |  Animal Issues

Turkey Terror Talenew

It was anything by Tom foolery for an alternative journalist attacked by wild turkeys in an historic Brookline, Massachusetts park. Film at 11.
Boston Phoenix  |  Lance Gould and Emily Mello  |  05-14-2009  |  Comedy

The Death of Birthnew

Species are becoming extinct faster than scientists can identify them. While death is a natural part of the cycle of life, extinction signals the death of birth.
Jackson Free Press  |  Brian Johnson  |  04-24-2009  |  Commentary

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