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  • Even the French turning queasy over force-fed foie gras 20 Dec 2014 | 10:40 am

    An employee force-feeds a duck on November 18, 2014 at a foie gras producer in the eastern French town of Soultz les BainsAlmost one out of every two French people now favour banning the force-feeding of geese and ducks to produce the national delicacy, foie gras, a survey showed. A public opinion poll released Saturday by OpinionWay for animal rights group L214 showed 47 percent against force-feeding, three points more than last year, and 56 percent of women opposed to the practice. Only 29 percent of the 1,032 people polled this month said they would refuse to buy foie gras in protest against the ill-treatment of animals, but this was 10 points higher than a poll in 2009. In all, consumption of foie gras dropped three percent last year.

  • U.S. judge restores protections to Great Lakes wolves 19 Dec 2014 | 9:10 pm

    By Laura Zuckerman (Reuters) - A federal judge on Friday restored U.S. Endangered Species Act protections to gray wolves in the western Great Lakes in a decision hailed by wildlife advocates for halting wolf hunting and trapping planned in such states as Minnesota and Wisconsin. U.S. wildlife managers in 2012 lifted federal protections for wolves in the western Great Lakes, including Michigan, after determining that the animals had rebounded from near-extinction. The decision opened the way for state-regulated hunting seasons. ...

  • Sleeping with polar bears: French zoos evolve 18 Dec 2014 | 10:43 pm

    Two women look at Taiko, a polar bear playing in its pond, from their lodge in the zoo of the French western city of La Fleche, on December 12, 2014Forget trekking to the Arctic. French tourists are opting for the luxury way to spend the night with a polar bear: beside a log fire not far from home. Since it launched "A night at home with the bear" in October, La Fleche zoo in western France has booked up its comfy lodge overlooking Taiko the polar bear's enclosure until the end of 2015. La Fleche zoo, which opened in 1946, was in need of boost when it opened its first lodge in 2013.

  • New York Mayor de Blasio named PETA's Person of the Year 18 Dec 2014 | 3:48 pm

    New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio attends a news conference to announce a tentative contract agreement with the Uniformed Superior Officers Coalition at City Hall in New YorkNEW YORK (Reuters) - New York Mayor Bill de Blasio was named 2014 Person of the Year by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) for opposing horse-drawn carriages in Manhattan and advocating other animal-friendly causes, the group said on Thursday. De Blasio, a liberal who took office less than a year ago, campaigned partly on the promise to push for a ban on horse-drawn buggy rides in Central Park, a cause that has won him the support of PETA and other animal rights groups. “I’m humbled to receive this support from PETA," de Blasio said in a statement. ...

  • A tourist in Detroit: Motown, coney dogs and art 18 Dec 2014 | 9:17 am

    This Dec. 3, 2014 photo shows a structure that is part of the Heidelberg Project in Detroit. The open-air project uses abandoned buildings and discarded objects to create urban art. Although the project has been plagued by arson, it remains a colorful, symbolic effort to transform the city’s blight. (AP Photo/Beth J. Harpaz)DETROIT (AP) — I arrived in a power outage, got a $45 parking ticket and drove past dozens of abandoned homes. But as a tourist on my first trip to Detroit, I also sang in the Motown studio, saw the paintings that were nearly sold to pay the city's bills, and bumped fists with the sculpture of boxer Joe Louis' powerful arm.

  • Rights groups criticize use of dog skin in China 18 Dec 2014 | 4:18 am

    By Natalie Thomas and Megha Rajagopalan WUJI, China/BEIJING (Reuters) - Dog skin produced by Chinese factories is used to make gloves, shoes and other products destined for export, footage provided to Reuters by an animal rights group shows. China has faced criticism for its treatment of animals, including bears, whose bile is used in traditional medicines. Tigers are also bred and killed, in some areas, for their pelts and bones. ...

  • Pampered pets that don duds move to the mainstream 17 Dec 2014 | 9:22 am

    This undated photo provided by American Eagle Outfitters shows a beagle wearing an American Beagle Outfitters beanie and a puffer vest. For some pet owners, clothing plays into a luxury lifestyle. For others, it's a way to match man's best friend; and sometimes it's simply about keeping animals warm this winter. (AP Photo/American Eagle Outfitters)LOS ANGELES (AP) — These clothing designers have to think about pattern, fabric and fit — as well as where to put the poo bags.

  • Rare white rhino dies at San Diego zoo, leaving only five on earth 15 Dec 2014 | 4:18 pm

    A northern white rhinoceros named Angalifu that died on Sunday is seen in this San Diego Zoo Safari Park handout photo(Reuters) - One of only six northern white rhinoceros left on earth died over the weekend at a San Diego zoo, bringing the species closer to extinction, zoo officials said on Monday. Angalifu, who was about 44 years old and being treated for age-related conditions, died on Sunday, according to the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. The world's only known remaining northern white rhinos are an elderly female still at the Safari Park, one at a zoo in Europe and three in Africa, the California zoo said in a statement. ...

  • Rare northern white rhino dies at California zoo 15 Dec 2014 | 2:19 pm

    This Oct. 21, 2014 photo provided by the San Diego Zoo shows Angalifu, a northern white rhinoceros at his enclosure at the San Diego Zoo. Zoo officials said that Angalifu, was only one of six left in the world. He died Sunday, Dec. 14 at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. Angalifu, who was about 44 years old, apparently died of old age. (AP Photo/San Diego Zoo, Ken Bohn)SAN DIEGO (AP) — A northern white rhinoceros that was only one of six left in the world died Sunday at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, zoo officials said.

  • Pope Francis turns out not to have made pets in heaven comment 13 Dec 2014 | 5:54 pm

    Pope Francis releases dove prior to delivering Holy Mass at Holy Spirit Cathedral in IstanbulBy Frances Kerry and Philip Pullella WASHINGTON/VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - It was a heartwarming story for legions of pet owners and animal lovers around the world. Pope Francis, talking to a distraught boy whose pet had died, declared there was a place in heaven for the creatures we share our lives with. His comment was reported this week by many news media outside Italy, with dozens of articles in the United States. It was veritable catnip to social media. However, it turned out the pope had not made the comment. ...