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Deer spread COVID to humans multiple times, new research suggests

The CDC has previously urged Americans to avoid close contact with wildlife and their droppings, both to minimize the spread of SARS-CoV-2 as well as other dangerous so-called zoonotic diseases that spread between humans and animals.

How to get rid of invasive green iguanas

Effective April 29, 2021, green iguanas were added to Florida’s Prohibited  species list. Here's how to get rid of these prolific invaders ...

Dogs help lifeguards conduct rescues at Maine beach

Among the American Academy of Canine Water Rescue trainees is Beacon, a Newfoundland who will assist lifeguards at the state park.

ThunderShirts, dance parties and anxiety meds can help ease dogs’ July Fourth dread

PHOENIX (AP) — On the Friday before the Fourth of July, more than a dozen dog owners waited in triple-digit temperatures in south Phoenix to get into a microchipping event inside a shelter. It didn't hurt that Maricopa County was offering a discount. But, several were there because they knew having a microchip with their contact information implanted in their pups would increase the likelihood of their pet being returned if the worst happens on...

With Reversed Hind Legs and a Loose Tongue, a New Ugly Dog Champion Is Crowned

THE NEW YORK TIMES – Perhaps it was Scooter’s resemblance to a glossy black jelly bean that earned him the title on Friday night as champion of the World’s Ugliest Dog Contest. Or maybe it was his shock-headed, mohawk-like hair — strands that stood high in defiance of gravity — that pleased the judges in Petaluma, Calif., at the Sonoma-Marin Fair. His tongue hangs loose from his mouth. His hind legs are reversed. His wee and...

PETA Activist Arrested Protesting ‘Monkey Labor’

“The day I spent in jail is nothing compared to the lifetime that chained monkeys spend picking coconuts.”

Animal Rights Extremists Continue Anti-Bacon Campaign

FOOD SAFETY NEWS – California’s market for bacon and other pork products is large enough that a May 11 Supreme Court decision apparently has not ended the fight over Proposition 12. The conservative tilt to that decision was that barring any federal statutory or constitutional restrictions, California is free to put its own dictates on meat sold in the state. Proposition 12 regulates animal housing requirements that must be followed for access to the California market,...

Churchill Downs ‘troubled’ after 12th horse death in past 2 months

Company officials say they have yet to find a “conclusive discernable pattern” as they await findings of investigations into the horses’ injuries and deaths.

State closes Dungeness crab zones to save whales; meanwhile, whales try to kill each other

FOX Weather, SAN FRANCISCO – The State of California recently announced it is temporarily closing critical Dungeness crab fishing zones, during an already shortened season, due to the expected arrival of humpback whales in feeding areas off the Golden State. According to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, the restrictions will run from north of San Francisco to the U.S.-Mexico border and begin April 15. The Dungeness crab season typically begins in November and runs...

Exotic cat rescued from a tree in Ohio tests positive for cocaine

A serval named Amiry was rescued from a tree in Cincinnati and tested positive for cocaine.

Raccoon Dogs Latest Scapegoat for COVID Origins

(Headline USA) Officials are scrambling to find an alternate explanation for the origins of COVID, as increasing evidence points to a lab leak from Wuhan, China, with the newest diversionary culprit being raccoon dogs. Genetic material collected at a Chinese market near where the first human cases of COVID-19 were identified show raccoon dog DNA comingled with the virus, suggesting the pandemic may have originated from animals, not a lab, international experts claimed. Other experts have...

Do-not-eat listing draws lawsuit from Maine lobster industry

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A coalition representing the Maine lobster industry is suing an aquarium on the other side of the country for recommending that seafood customers avoid buying a variety of lobster mostly harvested in their state. Industry groups including Maine Lobstermen's Association are suing the Monterey Bay Aquarium in California for defamation, arguing in a lawsuit filed Monday that their prized catch shouldn't be on a "red list" published by Seafood Watch, a...

Wyoming landscape littered with frozen carcasses

The Wyoming Game and Fish Department estimated that approximately 200 so-called American antelope have died since mid-February, centered around the southern end of the Mesa south of Pinedale.

Dog flu cases on the rise in some U.S. regions this winter season

CBS NEWS – Veterinarians are advising dog owners to get their pups vaccinated against the canine influenza as cases have surged in several parts of the U.S. this winter. Canine influenza, also known as the dog flu, is a contagious respiratory disease in dogs caused by specific Type A influenza viruses known to infect dogs, and is different from the seasonal influenza viruses that spread annually among people, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease...
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