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  • Western governors tout sage grouse conservation efforts 2 Apr 2015 | 2:20 am

    BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A group of Western-state governors has released a report on voluntary efforts in 11 states to conserve the habitat of sage grouse as part of an effort to avoid a federal listing of the bird under the federal Endangered Species Act.

  • After 2,000 years, Easter lamb falling off the menu in Italy? 2 Apr 2015 | 1:58 am

    A lamb named "Mignon" is pictured at The Green Place, a refuge for abandoned and rescued animals in NepiWhat could be more redolent of Easter than a sizzling piece of suckling lamb studded with slivers of garlic, crowned with sprigs of rosemary and roasted to a deep, golden hue? Yet as this year's celebration of the Crucifixion and Resurrection of Christ approaches, all the signs are that lamb is losing the broad appeal that had made it a symbolic staple of celebratory meals for centuries. According to the national statistics institute (ISTAT), the number of lambs sent to slaughter in Italy fell from 4.6 million in 2010 to just over two million last year. Animal rights activists say the trend, which has accelerated in the last two years, reflects a groundswell of revulsion at the practice of dragging tiny lambs -- and on a much smaller scale goat kids -- away from their mothers and into the slaughterhouse when they are as young as four-weeks old.

  • From drug estate to animal sanctuary: Honduras's reborn zoo 1 Apr 2015 | 10:21 pm

    A white tigress rests in her enclosure at Honduras's Joya Grande zooKenia, a white tiger cub at Honduras's Joya Grande zoo, is lapping up her newfound attention. She is among 500 animals at the Joya Grande sanctuary in Honduras, recently taken over by the government from one of the country's top drug cartels, which financed the land with illicit funds from the international narcotics trade.

  • Virtual Reality for Dogs Announced 1 Apr 2015 | 6:30 am

    Virtual Reality for Dogs AnnouncedPawculus Rift is "the future of fetch," and is also an April Fools' Day joke.

  • Exclusive Photos: See Why Dancing's Michael and Peta Are the Goofiest Pair 29 Mar 2015 | 5:17 pm

    Exclusive Photos: See Why Dancing's Michael and Peta Are the Goofiest PairDancing with the Starscontestant Michael Sam might be a big, tough football player, but he's not above enjoying cucumber facials with his partner Peta Murgatroyd. In our exclusive photos, the duo takes us behind the scenes from spas and selfies to Week 4's run-through. Check them out! ... Read More > Other Links From Dancing with the Stars Michael Sam Peta Murgatroyd

  • Animal shelters let kids cozy up to pets at summer camps 25 Mar 2015 | 1:56 pm

    In this Monday, March 16, 2015 photo, Ashley Carter, 14, looks at a red-tailed boa constrictor during the Arizona Animal Welfare League & SPCA spring kids camp in Phoenix. Thousands of youngsters from 6 to 17 will attend similar summer camps this year at hundreds of animal shelters across the country. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Children who love to dance, act or play sports have summer camps specialized just for them. But many parents don't realize that kids who are passionate about pets can have the same immersive experience.

  • Heave, ho: Elephants rescue 18-wheeler stranded on Louisiana road 25 Mar 2015 | 12:22 pm

    Two elephants support a stranded eighteen-wheel truck in danger of tipping over in Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana in this handout photoWhen an 18-wheeler truck became stranded by the side of a Louisiana road, two elephants inside came to the rescue. Sheriff's deputies in Natchitoches Parish on Tuesday morning received a call about a stuck truck. The truck's driver, also an elephant trainer, walked the elephants out of the cargo compartment and directed them to help prop up the vehicle, sheriff's Captain Tony Moran said in an interview. The truck had pulled over on an interstate shoulder near Powhatan, Louisiana, about an hour south of Shreveport.

  • Lombardy, the new Caspian for caviar 25 Mar 2015 | 3:55 am

    Lombardy, the new Caspian for caviarWith pools 85 times the size of the nearby pitches where Rugby Calvisano plays, the company Agro Ittica Lombarda is putting this northern Italian town on the map again -- as the world's top caviar producer. The world's most prized caviar comes from wild sturgeon in the Caspian Sea. Agro Ittica was the first sturgeon farmer in Europe and well positioned in 1998 when under CITES, the international convention to protect endangered species, fishing of the Caspian sturgeon was restricted, then banned outright in 2010. While most consumers associate caviar with Russia, Agro Ittica points out that sturgeons were historically found in many parts of the world, including Italy.

  • Washington goose poop prompts officials maybe to let the dogs out 24 Mar 2015 | 2:26 pm

    File photo of Canada Geese fly by the U.S. flags at the base of the Washington Monument, in WashingtonThe U.S. Park Service is weighing using dogs to drive off Canada geese that each foul the U.S. capital's National Mall with up to three pounds (1.4 kg) of droppings a day, the agency said on Tuesday. The Park Service is considering using border collies to harass the large and growing population of Canada geese from tourist draws like the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool, the Washington Monument grounds and John F. Kennedy Hockey Fields. The droppings damage pumps and filters of the Reflecting Pool, degrade the park and are a potential public health hazard, the Park Service said in a statement. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said that local populations of Canada geese were increasing rapidly throughout the lower 48 U.S. states.

  • PETA Claims Warner Bros. 'Harry Potter' Studio Tour Mistreats Owls 23 Mar 2015 | 2:36 pm

    Footage from the animal rights group posted to YouTube claims to show "owls who were clearly distressed were suspended in tiny cages and repeatedly forced to perform demeaning tricks."