Animal Welfare

  • Environmental groups sue government to protect wolverine

    A coalition of advocacy groups on Monday challenged the government's denial of federal protections for the snow-loving wolverine, arguing in a lawsuit that officials disregarded evidence a warming climate will eliminate denning areas for the so-called "mountain devil." An estimated 250 to 300 wolverines survive in the Lower 48 states. The elusive but ferocious members of the weasel family give bir.... Read More
  • FBI turns animal cruelty into top-tier felony

    Young people who torture and kill animals are prone to violence against people later in life if it goes unchecked, studies have shown. A new federal category for animal cruelty crimes will help root out those pet abusers before their behavior worsens and give a boost to prosecutions, an animal welfare group says. For years, the FBI has filed animal abuse under the label “other” along with a va.... Read More
  • Activist group says it broke into Iowa fox farm

    An animal rights activist group admitted to breaking into an eastern Iowa fox fur farm and trying to free about 30 foxes. The group, Animal Liberation Front, said in a written release sent to news organizations that it had released 30 foxes from an Anamosa, Iowa, farm that raises foxes for fur. But the owner of the farm said over the weekend that the group had only managed to destroy property, inc.... Read More