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Colorado City Debates Allowing Backyard Hens as Interest in Urban Farming Surgesnew

Although it's legal to keep chickens in the city of Boulder and in many other communities along the Front Range and across the country, you're likely to get a citation if you try it in Longmont. But this might soon change, as the city is scrambling to review and perhaps change its codes in response to citizen demand.
Boulder Weekly  |  Pamela White  |  11-17-2008  |  Food+Drink

Mystery Disease That's Killed Thousands of Bats May Have Moved South to Pennsylvanianew

Researchers across the state are keeping a close watch on Pennsylvania's caves this winter for signs that a mysterious New England bat plague could be moving south. In the past two years, tens of thousands of bats in Vermont, Connecticut, Massachusetts and New York have died.
Pittsburgh City Paper  |  Adam Fleming  |  11-11-2008  |  Animal Issues

Deanne Stillman's 'Mustang' is Heartbreaking and Enragingnew

Mustang: The Saga of the Wild Horse in the American West is an exhaustively researched, eloquently written wake-up call.
Pasadena Weekly  |  Bliss  |  11-04-2008  |  Author Profiles & Interviews

Alberta's Struggling Grizzlies Lack the Protected Status of Tiny Mollusknew

The grizzly bear, a marquee Alberta animal, has plummeted in population from more than 1,000 in 2002 to less than 400. Similarly, the Banff springs snail, a tiny invertebrate found nowhere else on Earth, is precariously close to vanishing. So why's one protected and not the other?
Fast Forward Weekly  |  Adrienne Beattie  |  10-30-2008  |  Animal Issues

Only Time Will Tell the Impact of Gustav on Louisiana's Fisheriesnew

Hurricane Gustav smothered our beloved oysters and killed off thousands of fish, but the real impact on Louisiana's lakes, rivers and bayous is just beginning.
Gambit  |  Jeremy Alford  |  09-18-2008  |  Disasters

Texas' Booming Exotic Animal Trade Has Grim Consequencesnew

With little regulation, animal experts say tigers are increasingly being bred in the state, and that shelters and zoos are running out of resources to care for abandoned animals.
The Texas Observer  |  Melissa del Bosque  |  09-10-2008  |  Animal Issues

How Far Will Montana Go for Healthy Cows?new

The state's livestock industry wants to eradicate brucellosis from Yellowstone, but more than the bison stand in the way.
Missoula Independent  |  Patrick Klemz  |  09-08-2008  |  Animal Issues

Toothless: Orange County Animal Services Can't Help Abused and Neglected Animalsnew

Animal Services hasn't been able to shelter the very animals it's supposed to protect. But even if the county agency did have the resources, a toothless state law still wouldn't allow them to do their jobs.
Orlando Weekly  |  Deanna Morey  |  09-04-2008  |  Animal Issues

Speak Softly and Throw a Big Sticknew

Cesar Milan (aka the Dog Whisperer) talks pit bulls and racism while he rehabilitates "El Diablo" the most vicious Chihuahua in Oregon.
Eugene Weekly  |  Camilla Mortensen  |  08-28-2008  |  Animal Issues

Chimp Owner Faces Criminal Chargesnew

Arizona Game and Fish officials claim that Kristy Pruett, a severely diabetic woman, illegally imported her "service animal": a chimp named Joey.
Phoenix New Times  |  Paul Rubin  |  08-26-2008  |  Science

Recent Tiger Attacks Have Some in Missouri Calling for Tougher Exotic Animal Lawsnew

Missouri is one of 23 states that permit individuals to keep tigers and other big cats as pets. State law says only that owners must register their animals with a local law enforcement agency and that failure to do so is a misdemeanor.
Riverfront Times  |  Keegan Hamilton  |  08-22-2008  |  Animal Issues

Advocates Say Minnesota's Largest Animal Shelter Could Reduce Euthanasia Ratesnew

The Animal Humane Society killed more than 14,000 animals last year. How many were unnecessary?
City Pages (Twin Cities)  |  Beth Walton  |  08-20-2008  |  Animal Issues

Are Sharks Really the Eating Machines We've Made Them Out to Be?new

For people like Dr. Chris Lowe and biologist Terry Lilley, the media's obsession with sharks -- specifically shark attacks -- and pop culture's general view of sharks as human-eating machines, is a grossly misinformed state of affairs.
Santa Barbara Independent  |  Ethan Stewart  |  08-18-2008  |  Animal Issues

Dirty Secrets Under the Big Top

Lawsuits charge Ringling Bros. with abusing animals, endangering public health, and sabotaging its critics via former CIA spooks. This October, a federal court could finally determine whether rough, regular treatment of endangered Asian elephants by circus handlers constitutes illegal animal abuse. Could this be the end of the circus as we know it?
San Francisco Bay Guardian  |  Steve Jones  |  08-15-2008  |  Animal Issues

Monterey Bay Wildlife Has Come Back This Year, but Will the Resurgence Last?new

Cooling currents have sparked a huge comeback for life in the Bay this year. But scientists say global warming could put an end to the extraordinary conditions that breathe new life into local waters.
Metro Silicon Valley  |  Steve Hahn  |  07-24-2008  |  Animal Issues

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