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Watch Dogs Downgrade Backlash Changed Ubisoft's Approach to Showing Games, Says CEO

Watch Dogs Downgrade Backlash Changed Ubisoft's Approach to Showing Games, Says CEO Yves Guillemot says company now ensures games are running on target hardware before debuting.


Cats Are City Slickers

Cats may be city slickers that rarely venture out into the wilderness, a new study suggests. In fact, the new study shows that feral cats roam in urban and suburban parks and yards, but they rarely set their paws down in wilder green spaces. The new finding is good news for wildlife, especially birds, in more rural settings, said study author George Hess, an urban conservation scientist at North Carolina State University.

Fendi facing haute furore at Paris Fashion Week

An ensemble from Fendi's Mens collection for Spring-Summer 2016. With fashionistas baking in a mascara-melting heatwave and Italy's Fendi set to raise hackles with an all-fur collection, Paris Fashion Week, which began Sunday, may prove a tad too haute to handle. Five days of haute couture shows kicked off with Russian designer Ulyana Sergeenko's first ever showing at Paris Fashion Week, with several of her models decked out in fur bonnets or a fur coat. French film icon and ardent animal rights activist Brigitte Bardot has already registered her disapproval by writing a letter to Choupette Lagerfeld, the designer's pampered feline companion.


Cabrera out six weeks with calf strain, Tigers say

MLB: Toronto Blue Jays at Detroit Tigers (Reuters) - Detroit slugger Miguel Cabrera, the American League’s hitting leader, will be out of action for about six weeks with a severe left calf strain, Major League Baseball's website reported on Saturday. Cabrera, a two-time league Most Valuable Player, was injured on Friday while taking off from first base on a 3-2 pitch. "There's some fibers tearing, but not to the point where he’ll need surgery," said Detroit manager Brad Ausmus.


Baseball-Cabrera out six weeks with calf strain, Tigers say

Detroit slugger Miguel Cabrera, the American League's hitting leader, will be out of action for about six weeks with a severe left calf strain, Major League Baseball's website reported on Saturday. Cabrera, a two-time league Most Valuable Player, was injured on Friday while taking off from first base on a 3-2 pitch. "There's some fibers tearing, but not to the point where he'll need surgery," said Detroit manager Brad Ausmus.

Yellowstone loses radio frequencies used to track wildlife

This May 17, 2014 photo from Wolves of the Rockies shows a black female wolf known as 889F wearing a satellite tracking colla,r in the Lamar Valley of Yellowstone National Park, Wyo. This black female wolf has a white and black satellite collar on her neck. Government researchers have lost their license to a set of radio frequencies used to track more than 100 radio-collared wolves and elk at Yellowstone. Yellowstone biologist Doug Smith said Thursday, July 2, 2015 that new licensee NorthWestern Energy is letting the research work continue, allowing the park to avoid more than $450,000 in estimated costs to restart the program.(Wolves of the Rockies via AP) BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Researchers at Yellowstone National Park have lost their license for a set of radio frequencies used to track more than 100 radio-collared wolves and elk.


Lawsuit filed against U.S. over protections for rare wolf

A handout photo of an endangered gray wolf (Reuters) - A coalition of environmental groups filed a lawsuit on Thursday against U.S. wildlife officials arguing that the government's management plan for the endangered Mexican gray wolf, one of the most imperiled mammals in North America, does not go far enough. The Western Environmental Law Center filed the suit on behalf of several organizations in a federal Arizona court, alleging the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's plans for the wolves violate the Endangered Species Act and other laws. "Unfortunately, politics supplants wildlife biology in key parts of the USFWS Mexican gray wolf plan," attorney John Mellgren of the Western Environmental Law Center said in a statement.


America Ferrera Writes "Thank You" Letter to Donald Trump for "Ignorant and Racist" Speech

"Thank you for reminding us that there remains an antiquated and endangered species of bigots in this country that we must continue to combat."

Totally Tubular July 2, 2015: Zoo, Scream, The Spoils Before Dying, Comic-Con Preview, and More (PODCAST)

Totally Tubular July 2, 2015: Zoo, Scream, The Spoils Before Dying, Comic-Con Preview, and More (PODCAST) Happy Thursday, guys and gals! Here in the States, it's time to celebrate our Independence Day—which really just means a three-day weekend, American flag tank tops, cheap fireworks, and even cheaper beer. But there's a new addition to the annual American tradition: Totally Tubular. In this week's episode, we chat about the pilot episodes of Zoo and Scream, preview IFC's The Spoils Before Dying, and give you some tips and tricks of how to survive another annual event: San Diego Comic-Con (which begins next week). Tim also remembers the time he took a shot with a Stormtrooper. Click below to listen to Episode 34! You can do us a favor and subscribe/rate on iTunes, and now you can also subscribe to the show on Stitcher. Here's the segment rundown: ... 01:47 – 09:37 – News Round-Up ( Hannibal actors getting out of their contracts, NBC ditching Donald Trump, Fox's planned Fatal Attraction event series, and more) ... 09:38 – 21:18 – CBS' Zoo ... 21:19 – 29:39 – MTV's Scream ... 29:40 – 38:24 – IFC's The Spoils Before Dying ... 38:25 – 55:39 – Comic-Con 2015 Survival Guide ... 55:40 – 01:16:47 – Mailbag! (Including which shows you should binge this weekend) This week's song: "The Lion Sleeps Tonight," by the Tokens Last week's podcast, in which we talked about Mr. Robot, Humans, and Big Brother, is right here. As always, we'd really love to hear from you folks. Leave your questions about anything TV-related in the comments, or get in touch with Tim and me on Twitter (@timattvdotcom and @corybarker).


2 red panda cubs born at Chicago's Lincoln Park Zoo

CHICAGO (AP) — For the first time, red panda cubs have been born at Chicago's Lincoln Park Zoo.

TV Ratings: 'Zoo' Opens Soft in the Demo, Women's World Cup Is Big on Fox

Final ratings give the Women's World Cup 8.4 million viewers and a 3.0 rating among adults 18-49.

Love your country, love your dog: Keep pets safe over July 4

In this Sunday June 21, 2015 photo provided by Steph McCombie, Steph McCombie takes a selfie of her and her dog, in Gibsons, British Columbia, Canada, for a challenge to raise money and awareness about pet safety during the Fourth of July holiday. More pets go missing over the Fourth of July holiday any other time of the year, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. (Steph McCombie/@ifitwags via AP) LOS ANGELES (AP) — To us, fireworks are the sparkling embodiment of July Fourth. But to dogs, they truly are bombs bursting in air.


Zoo Series Premiere Review: We Had It Coming

Zoo Series Premiere Review: We Had It Coming Zoo S01E01: "First Blood" "Am I gonna get bit?" The words echoed through my head as I stared at a dog that was pissed off at me this one time. The latest show in CBS' summersploitation genre, Zoo actually resonates on a deeply personal level because I used to work as a dog-walker for the good people of Los Angeles. If I wanted my $9.50, I would have to sometimes get bit. That was the deal. No chomps, no cheese. So watching Zoo wasn't all that surprising to this writer, as I had more or less already lived it. Adapted from our generation's Charles Dickens, this James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge export begs the question "What would happen if one day animals got sick of humans and decided to bite us all to death?" The answer went something like this... But let's back up a bit to the peaceful days before the beginning of the end. Our guide through the animal apocolapyse was none other than James Wolk embodying the character of "Jackson Oz." He was a human male who cared for the animals like a real good dude. See? Chill. But sadly, this would be last of Oz's stubbled hunk grin we would see for a while, as just around the corner hiding in the brush of fate were some vengeful lions. For now though, Jackson ran a safari company with his best friend Abraham who you might recognize as the guy that tried to trick Daenerys in Game of Thrones but instead ended up locked in a vault. Here he spent his days getting his lazy bones business partner to go on safari. Jackson's life in Botswana might seem pretty good, but he lived everyday in the shadow of his crazy father with crackpot theories about impending animal uprisings that may or may not play into the theme of this show. The reason I liked Oz was because he protected wildlife in caddish ways. Like when some poachers showed up he and Abraham exchanged glances and then set into motion a scheme to play a radio that spooked the animals away from man's deadly grasp. The poacher dude was so mad because he paid $200,000 to kill some animals and couldn't. Note: if you got $200 large to play around with, you should spend it helping the planet and not murdering it. The good thing was that the poacher totally accepted this denial and was willing to let it go and not hold a grudge that could play out in bad ways for Oz later on in the episode. Phew! Next: When animals attack... Los Angeles! (Continued from Page 1) Now off to a city that's a jungle in its own right except for the part where there are wild animals... There are however, party animals, like these two chill bros who both went looking for spots to piss in an alleyway and talk about relationship drama. Ha ha, no one does this! Our first confirmed kill! Got to say I was rooting for the lions on this one. I'm sure the world lost some wonderful advertising bankers/excellent quoters of Family Guy or what have you, but anyone who pisses in an alleyway deserves to be bitten to death by lions. Anyhoo, we're informed that these very same lions escaped from the City of Angels Zoo after killing their trainer. Off this scoop we landed in the hustle and bustle of the LA Telegraph, competitor to The Los Angeles Times, where ace reporter Jamie Campbell was chasing down scoops about suspicious animal food the zoo switched to. Unfortunately, this lady yelled at Jamie for those very same scoops as presented in Jamie's personal blog, which were highly critical of the company that owns their newspaper. Ha ha ha, so Jamie stood accused of running a blog under the pseudonym "The Girl with the Genie Tattoo," in which she blew whistles on Reiden Global, the same biotechnology company that sold cheap weird food to zoos AND happened to be owned by JDG International, which owns the LA Telegraph. Got that? Meanwhile back in the airspace above Botswana, Oz and Abraham had a nice heart-to-heart worthy of ABC's The Bachelor. Like any good one-on-one, they chatted about what life path would be best for Abraham's son Daniel, which naturally veered into Oz moping about his crazy dead father. The two traveled to Misisimko Safari Camp in order to deliver some radio parts to Abe's cousin Simon, but oddly enough no one was in the camp. Luckily, Oz found a clue in the form of a camera. Naturally, Oz and Abe were concerned because not only was everyone gone, there was lion dung in the area. I guess lions don't crap just anywhere. Surely something was UP. Next: Surprise! More animals attacking! (Continued from Page 2) Meanwhile the identity of the Girl with the Genie Tattoo was revealed: Turned out Jamie has a history of poking her nose where it didn't belong, and also a history of sleeping with coworker Dan from Veep. He hated her hunches almost more than her scoops. Having been fired from her job, Jamie had the day off, and her nose for news just couldn't help but sniff out another hunch in the form of Director of LA City Parks and Recreation Lawrence Fremer. He was sure to have a comment on the bad-food being sold to half the zoos in the country by Reiden, so she followed the hunch all the way to his backyard bbq like Mickey Mouse being beckoned by cartoon pie scent fingers. Then it was off to Brentwood, home of OJ Simpson and other notable monsters! But something wasn't right in the land of wealthy psychos, as subtly demonstrated by all the "Missing Cat" posters blanketing the neighborhood. There were primary-colored balloons which made me assume the Fremers were celebrating a child's birthday party, but for some reason Jamie told Fremer it was bad taste for him to have a party one day after some lion attacks. I don't know I think that's all the more reason to have a party. Anytime I celebrate it's usually at least in part because I have not been bitten to death yet. C'est la vie! Jamie yelled at him about Reiden being bad and instead Fremer suggested she focus her "dogged journalistic efforts" on discovering who had been abducting all the cats in the neighborhood. Then Jamie asked "Who would steal cats" and Fremer responded "I have no idea but when you find him let me know because I want to smash his face in." See, Brentwood is full of psychos! There was beginning to be too much crazy on this side of the planet, so then it was back to Africa where Abe and Oz chanced upon one of Abe's cousin's empty vehicles. Then Oz got attacked by a French Witch. You guessed it, a French Witch scrambled up to Oz and started cursing him in her native tongue. I was just thankful she didn't catch a rifle butt to the dome, given the heightened mood. Eventually she calmed her gibbering down to English and warned Oz that they needed to get the heck out of there. In that same moment, a lion devoured Abe. Oz and the French Witch scrambled to safety and reached the jeep just in the nick of time. Once the two had made a safe getaway, Oz forced the French Witch to down some Kentucky Bourbon which she did with gusto. I wonder what I would do in this situation, if I would want to distant myself from my senses or stay sober and sharp for the next assault. Either way it definitely loosened up the French Witch's tongue (whose name was Chloe) because when Oz asked her what happened she gave a way too detailed account of her own recent lion attack. Chloe then posited my favorite question of the episode and probably the TV season: Suffice to say things were not going well in Botswana. Next: Lions with their brains scooped out, seriously. (Continued from Page 3) Thankfully, half-way across the globe it was business as usual at the City of Angels Zoo where Jamie went to have some snoops and demand answers from Bella's dad during work hours. Jamie's main line of questioning concerned the mystery as to why these lions had killed their trainer and the men downtown. Naturally Bella's dad ("Mitch") showed her some dead lions and prattled on about science and biology and the call of the wild. Mitch was not what you'd call a people person, as Jamie correctly sussed out. In fact, he preferred animals, pizza, beer, torrential rain storms, and traffic to people (not jokes, actual dialogue). Who doesn't love a crotchety scientist? Despite his hatred of humanity, Mitch seemed to take a shine to Jamie and her theories about Reiden global's pesticide food and how more people die from hot dogs than lion attacks. Could this be why the animals were mad? Apparently the wildlife of Botswana did not get this hot dog memo as evidenced by Oz and Chloe still fleeing for their lives while partaking in some expository chit chat. Things were going about as good as they could go for this sort of post-massacre situation right up until Mr. Broken Radiator reared his ugly head. You see in the lion tussle, one of the lions had scratched apart the car parts, and AAA doesn't cover this sort of thing, leaving the two left to make their way on foot to a camp with a radio like two walking shish kebabs. I hate to have to be the one to say it, but the animal apocalypse does NOT seem like a fun time for anyone. It was here that Oz recalled his dad's rambling about "defiant pupils" and started to think that maybe his old man wasn't so crazy after all. Lions, being lions, couldn't give a care about human epiphanies and one of them took a swipe Oz. Finally the two chanced upon some good luck though, as Chloe and Oz arrived at at the safari camp from before where Oz got to divulge more on his father's theories. His dad was tragically driven mad by his inability to back up his zoological theories about why predators with the ability to rise up didn't. Like any lunatic, Papa Oz videotaped his manifestos and the tapes were back at the camp. Could these hold the key to defeating the animals? And so as the sun set on another vibrant Botswana day, so to did the star of Phoebes descend upon the Los Angeles news cycle. Jamie cleaned out her desk while Ethan tried winning her back with promises of trips to Ojai and the chance to work once more for LA Telegraph, on the condition she shut down her blog. Instead she chose self-respect and went looking for stray cats with a stranger. Even more terrifying was the reveal that the very elementary school where this tree lived was to play host to a summer day camp that. STARTS. TOMORROW. So not only are animals uprising, I guess they can also read calendars? Or just maybe a happy coincidence. To make matters even worse, the only other guy in the planet who suspected something was up (Jackson Oz) had his own problem pile grow a few inches when after offering some refreshing nighttime coffee to Chloe, the Botswani police arrested him for that little poaching-stopping stunt he pulled early on. And so the humans sealed their fate. So there you have it folks. Round 1 definitely went to the beasts of the world. And what of Zoo? It's a fun, strong, summery start to what looks to be a show just dumb enough to keep the dial untouched (the conceptual dial that is). Here's hoping we see some more animal attacks because come on that's what we signed on for, right? Okay, bye going to go mean mug the anteaters at my local zoo. ANIMAL TRACKS – Is Zoo a chilling vision of things to come, or just animal slander? – Do you agree with PETA about this show? – Are you rooting for the humans or the animals? – Who was your favorite character, human or otherwise? – Did this show make you side-eye your dog/cat? – What animal attack do you wish to see most? – What animal would you want to be eaten by the most?


Endangered Mexican gray wolves born at suburban Chicago zoo

BROOKFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Officials of a suburban Chicago zoo say the birth of a litter of Mexican gray wolves marks a major milestone in the conservation of an endangered species.

Oscar winner Lupita Nyong'o joins fight to save African elephants

Oscar-winning Kenyan actress Lupita Nyong'o (centre) attends a press conference on June 30, 2015 at the Villa Rosa Kempinski hotel in Nairobi Oscar-winning actress Lupita Nyong'o has returned home to Kenya to spearhead a new campaign to stop the record slaughter of elephants for their valuable ivory. More than 30,000 elephants are killed every year to satisfy demand for ivory in China and the Far East where it is worth more than $2,000 (1,790 euros) a kilogram. The 32-year-old actress -- who won an Oscar for her portrayal of the slave girl Patsey in "12 Years a Slave" and will appear in "Star Wars: Episode VII" later this year -- said on Tuesday her visit to a national park and elephant orphanage in Kenya had been "life-changing".


The cars muscling back into the mainstream

2016 Ford Mustang GT Far from being an endangered species, the American muscle car is in fine health and, according to new data from Experian, experiencing something of a renaissance, even as buyers turn their attention towards cars with a crossover aesthetic or with more environmentally sound credentials. Demand for muscle cars -- i.e., an American car that has a big V8 at the front, room for four in the middle and power running to the rear wheels -- is at its highest for a decade. Data from Experian based on registrations, credit checks and financing options shows that muscle car registrations have grown by 35.4% between 2006 and 2015 and that the original pony car, the Ford Mustang, has galloped into the lead.


Florida cracks down on people posing pets as service animals

People who try to sneak their pets into restaurants, airplanes and other public places by claiming they are specially trained service animals could face 60 days in jail under a Florida law taking effect on Wednesday.    "I love my cat," Florida state Representative Jimmy Smith, a Republican who sponsored the legislation, said on Tuesday. Pet owners can easily obtain service animal vests and registration documents, even for untrained pets, by sending as little as $75 to otherwise legitimate training facilities.

'Zoo' Boss Compares CBS's New Summer Thriller to "a Really Good Beach Read"

The network's newest summer series is "Alfred Hitchcock’s 'The Birds' across the entire animal kingdom," showrunner and EP Jeff Pinkner tells THR.

It's an animal rampage on CBS's new summer show, 'Zoo'

"Zoo" premieres tonight, June 30, on CBS. Based on the James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge novel of the same name, the apocalyptic thriller will present a world in which animals have taken over. Jackson Oz, an American zoologist who offers safaris in Africa, begins to notice the animals' strange behavior and takes it upon himself to find the reason why before these attacks become more coordinated and ferocious. James Wolk, recently seen by audiences in "Mad Men," will play Oz, and French actress Nora Arnezeder, mostly known for work in her native country, will play Chloé Tousignant, an ecologist whose life Oz saves and who joins him on his quest to put an end to the animal attacks.


What to Watch Tonight: The Series Premieres of Zoo and Scream, Part 2 of Teen Wolf's Season Premiere, and Rizzoli & Isles

What to Watch Tonight: The Series Premieres of Zoo and Scream, Part 2 of Teen Wolf's Season Premiere, and Rizzoli & Isles What to watch on Tuesday, June 30... 8pm, ABC Family Pretty Little Liars Mona returns to Rosewood in "She's No Angel," and both Lesli's sister and the cops would like to have a word with her. Elsewhere, Emily encourages Sara to get emancipated, Alison grows closer to Lorenzo, and Spencer bumps into her sobriety coach Dean. SERIES PREMIERE, 9pm, CBS Zoo When the rest of the animal kingdom finally rebels against its human overlords, it's up to dreamy safari guide James Wolk and company to save the species in this adaptation of James Patterson's novel. "First Blood" opens the adventure with a series of coordinated critter attacks raising the first red flags. SEASON 5 PREMIERE, Part 2, 9pm, MTV Teen Wolf Stiles has his suspicions about a new classmate in "Parasomnia," but just because the kid doesn't speak and really loves bread doesn't mean he's definitely three ducks stacked on top of one another wearing a trenchcoat, that's just prejudiced, geez. In more cordial relations, Lydia helps a student combat night terrors. DOCUMENTARY PREMIERE, 9pm, PBS 1913: Seeds of Conflict This examination of Palestine under Ottoman rule focuses on the period before World War I, in which rising Arab and Jewish nationalism laid the groundwork for one of the 20th and 21st centuries' most intractable conflicts. 9pm, Fox Beat the Champions Amateur athletes test their limits against the pros, including NFL Pro Bowler Rob Gronkowski, swimmer Missy Franklin, and former NBA All-Star Scottie Pippen. Finesse Mitchell hosts. 9pm, TNT Rizzoli & Isles A murder victim turns up in a shallow grave at a research facility devoted to the study of human decomposition, because apparently someone took the concept of going the extra mile just a wee bit too far. Also buried in "Deadly Harvest" are Angela's secrets from Jane. 9pm, ABC Family Stitchers Clues in a conspiracy theorist's documents give Kristen second thoughts about her Stitcher coworkers in "Stitcher in the Rye." And the enigmatic messages she begins receiving from an unexpected source probably aren't helping ease those misgivings. SERIES PREMIERE, 10pm, MTV Scream A high schooler's slaying reawakens a small town's demons in this adaptation of the tongue-in-cheek slasher franchise. The pilot sees the brutal act dredging up memories of a similar incident from 20 years earlier. Although, as revivals of heinous deeds from 20 years earlier go, at least no one's doing Ace Ventura impressions again. 10pm, USA Royal Pains Hank and Olympia head to Manhattan in "Voices Carry." Back in the Hamptons, Divya greets a surprise visitor from her past, Evan believes Boris is hiding something, and Paige discovers the shocking truth behind the delay in her home renovations. 10pm, TNT Proof In "Showdown," the team looks into the case of an Iraq War veteran who claims to have PTSD tied to a past-life experience from the Korean War, though it's possible he's just recalling a particularly stressful M*A*S*H marathon. Meanwhile, Carolyn reconnects with an old med school chum. 10pm, FX Tyrant A Bedouin family offers Barry refuge, which they immediately regret when he won't stop going on and on about the events of Season 1. Elsewhere in "Faith," Tariq's military maneuvers stun Jamal, Molly digs into the Al-Fayeed family finances, and setbacks bedevil Leila's plans to boost Abbudin's cultural scene. 10pm, TBS Clipped Ben is embarrassed by his recent hookup in "Go Below," all the more so when he learns she feels the same. Meanwhile, Danni suspects A.J. and Charmaine's Spanish class may be a cover for something más caliente. 10pm, Comedy Central Inside Amy Schumer Amy gives a town the clap and takes a trip through time in "Wingwoman," as well as suffering through some abysmal stories. 10:30pm, Comedy Central Another Period Lillian hopes to jump on the latest hot trend in "Divorce," while Frederick and Garfield fall for a charismatic visitor. SEASON 2 PREMIERE, 12:30am, Comedy Central The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer fill in as hosts, and as proper substitutes they're just going to throw on a filmstrip and be done with it. Performers Andy Daly, Cameron Esposito, and Hampton Yount really hope it's "Your Gall Bladder and You," that one's a classic. LATE-NITE: – Kumail Nanjiani, Danielle Brooks, and Miguel on Conan, 11pm, TBS – Jon Hamm on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, 11pm, Comedy Central – Alyona Mink, Chris Distefano, and Boy George on The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore, 11:30pm, Comedy Central – Halle Berry, Rob Corddry, and Everclear on Jimmy Kimmel Live, 11:35pm, ABC WHAT ARE YOU WATCHING TONIGHT?


'Zoo' Creator on the Mysterious Animal Attacks and Expecting the Unexpected

THR caught up with showrunner Jeff Pinkner to preview what’s to come in the remainder of season one.

Zoo: What's It Like to Run a Show Where the Extras Are Animals?

Zoo: What's It Like to Run a Show Where the Extras Are Animals? This article, Zoo: What's It Like to Run a Show Where the Extras Are Animals?, originally appeared on TVGuide.com. Diva behavior abounds on the set of CBS' Zoo. According to executive producer Jeff Pinkner, it's not uncommon for an actor to go completely off-script, throwing a scene into chaos or to have a tantrum and stubbornly refuse to participate in filming. Of course, the actors in question are all extras - ... Read More > Other Links From TVGuide.com Zoo Jeff Pinkner James Wolk


PETA sues California over chicken slaughter methods

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals claims in the lawsuit that up to one-third of the birds, about 7 million a year, are inadequately stunned by the procedure, leaving them conscious and able to feel pain when their throats are slit. The lawsuit, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, argues that electric stunning of chickens violates the state's humane slaughter law, which requires that animals be rendered unconscious and unable to feel pain before they are killed. A spokesman for the California Department of Food and Agriculture declined to comment, saying the agency's lawyers had not yet reviewed the lawsuit.

Protected Florida mangroves razed for boat show

Handout of red and black mangrove in Miami By Zachary Fagenson MIAMI, Fla. (Reuters) - New revelations that a long strip of protected mangrove trees were illegally razed amid preparations for the 2016 Miami International Boat Show has outraged Florida environmentalists. The lost trees, critical to the marine ecosystem, were hacked away in mid-May by a Miami city contractor in advance of the five-day show expected to draw about 100,000 attendees and 1,500 boats. Environmental activists said in a letter to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers that staging the show in an environmentally sensitive region could violate a number of federal laws including the Endangered Species Act and the Clean Water Act.


Truffle dogs sniff out pungent fungus prized by foodies

In this Tuesday, March 3, 2015, photo, Bill Collins, left, and Alana McGee, right, follow their dogs while searching for truffles at the Robert Sinskey Vineyards Truffle Orchard in Napa, Calif. America’s growing appetite for truffles is feeding demand for dogs trained to sniff out the prized fungi beneath the ground. Most truffles, known as the diamonds of the culinary world, come from Italy and France and have to be imported for as much as $2,500 per pound. Now a small but growing truffle industry is taking root in Napa Valley and other U.S. regions where farmers are cultivating them or foragers seek them in the wild. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg) CARNEROS, Calif. (AP) — The growing appetite for truffles is feeding demand for dogs trained to sniff out the pungent fungus prized by chefs and foodies.


White lion from Vegas act dies during surgery at Toledo Zoo

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — A white lion on loan from the Siegfried & Roy animal and magic act has died after undergoing a medical procedure at the Toledo Zoo.

Aratana's experimental appetite stimulator succeeds in study on dogs

(Reuters) - Animal health drugmaker Aratana Therapeutics Inc said its experimental appetite-stimulating drug was found effective in dogs in a pivotal study. Aratana shares jumped 21 percent in extended trading on Friday. The study showed that an oral 3 mg/kg dose of the drug, AT-002, given daily for four days significantly increased appetite in dogs, compared with those on placebo.

'Endangered' Cougar Has Likely Been Extinct for 70 Years

'Endangered' Cougar Has Likely Been Extinct for 70 Years The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) is planning to remove the eastern cougar from the endangered species list after determining the subspecies has likely been extinct for 70 years. The proposal comes after a formal review of the subspecies' status that concluded in 2011. Wildlife officials looked at more than 100 reports (going back to 1900) and found that recent "sightings" of the eastern cougar were actually of Florida panthers, wild western cougars or other cougars that escaped from captivity or were released.


Miami Dolphins owner and Qatar to bid for Formula One -source

* U.S. sports tycoon and Qatar want 35.5 percent of Formula One * Looking to acquire CVC's controlling stake * F1 chief says there are several potential bidders (Adds Breakingviews link) By Freya Berry LONDON, June 24 (Reuters) - The owner of the Miami Dolphins football team is joining forces with Qatar to buy a controlling stake in Formula One in a deal that could be worth up to $8 billion and inject new leadership into a sport facing falling TV audiences and ticket sales. Dolphins owner Stephen Ross is looking to acquire a 35.5 percent stake from private equity fund CVC Capital Partners Ltd through his investment vehicle RSE, a source familiar with the matter told Reuters on Tuesday, adding that a deal could be done within six weeks.

Retirees deciding whether new lifestyle will include pets

This undated photo provided by Stephen Zawistowski shows his wife, Jane Zawistowski, with their cats. Even those who have spent their entire lives working in the animal welfare field have to decide whether their future will include pets. "I'm edging up to that moment. I'm just about 60 and retired. We lost our dog of 15 years last year. We are thinking about what to do next," said Stephen Zawistowski, science advisory emeritus for the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals who had been with the organization for nearly 27 years. (Stephen Zawistowski via AP) LOS ANGELES (AP) — Denise and John Stevens have had pets their whole lives — then they retired.


Exclusive Video: Go Behind the Scenes of CBS' Under the Dome, Extant and Zoo

Exclusive Video: Go Behind the Scenes of CBS' Under the Dome, Extant and Zoo This article, Exclusive Video: Go Behind the Scenes of CBS' Under the Dome, Extant and Zoo, originally appeared on TVGuide.com. Lions and aliens and domes, oh my! That pretty much sums up CBS' summer drama slate, which kicks off this week with the Season 3 premiere of Under the Dome, followed by the next week's debut of new thriller Zoo, and the return of Extant. In a summer teaser video, exclusive to TVGuide.com, new Dome ... Read More > Other Links From TVGuide.com Zoo Extant Under the Dome


Spain proposes big fines for alleged Antarctic fish poachers

MADRID (AP) — Authorities in Spain have accused a company there of running a lucrative international operation that illegally captured vast amounts of an Antarctic fish prized in top restaurants.

Berlin Zoo puts down star polar bear cub Knut's aging mother

By Marina Adami BERLIN (Reuters) - The aging mother of Knut, the famous hand-reared polar bear who captured German hearts and the world's attention in his short life, was put down at Berlin Zoo on Tuesday because it said she was blind, deaf and suffering. Tosca, who rejected her cub Knut at birth in 2006, was nearly 30 years old, the zoo said. Knut, who died aged 4 in 2011 from an epileptic fit, became the zoo's star attraction after Tosca rejected him at birth.

Lion among 23,000 species threatened with extinction: conservationists

The lion is currently listed as vulnerable at a global level, with its western African subpopulation listed as 'critically endangered' due to over-hunting and dwindling prey The mighty lion, reclusive cave crabs and the world's rarest sea lion are among nearly 23,000 species at risk of dying out, a top conservation body warned on Tuesday. In an update to its "Red List" of threatened species, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature hailed some clear advances in saving endangered species like the Iberian Lynx. "Our natural world is becoming increasingly vulnerable," warned IUCN chief Inger Andersen, urging increased efforts to save species teetering on the edge.


Endangered wildlife list swells in 2015, from lions to orchids

By Alister Doyle OSLO (Reuters) - The number of animals and plants at risk of extinction rose in 2015 despite government pledges to improve protection, with species under threat ranging from lions in West Africa to orchids in Asia, a study showed on Tuesday. The Red List of Endangered Species, backed by governments, scientists and conservationists, grew to 22,784 species in 2015, almost a third of all animals and plants sampled, from 22,413 a year ago, it said. Lions in Africa retained an overall listing as "vulnerable", one of the least endangered categories, thanks to conservation in southern Africa.

Nine endangered fin whales found dead in Alaskan waters

Fin whales forage in Uganik Bay on the west side of Kodiak Island, Alaska in this undated handout photo (Reuters) - Nine endangered fin whales have been found dead in Alaskan waters in recent weeks, and researchers said on Friday they were searching for what might have killed them. The dead whales were discovered in waters from Kodiak Island, off the south coast of mainland Alaska, to Unimak Pass at the eastern end of the Aleutian Islands, researchers from the University of Alaska Fairbanks said in a statement. The number of dead whales reported since late May has vexed researchers who typically see no more than one fin whale carcass every couple of years, said Kate Wynne, an Alaska Sea Grant marine mammal specialist with the university.


Prince Harry ends decade in UK army; now to target poachers

Britain's Prince Harry photographed at Camp Bastion in Afghanistan's Helmand Province on December 12, 2012 LONDON (AP) — Prince Harry formally ended his full-time military service in Britain's army Friday, wrapping up a career in which he qualified as an Apache helicopter pilot and completed two tours of duty in Afghanistan.


Hundreds arrested in global crackdown on wildlife contraband

Workers put ivory items on a sliding belt before being destroyed in Beijing on May 29, 2015 A global crackdown on wildlife trafficking has netted "huge" amounts of whale bones, rhino horn, ivory and other contraband, leading to hundreds of arrests, European and Asian authorities announced Thursday. Operation Cobra III saw police in 62 countries swoop on suspected wildlife smugglers between mid-March and May, European police agency Europol said in a statement. The operation, which was "the biggest ever coordinated international law enforcement operation targeting the illegal trade in endangered species" yielded "huge amounts of wildlife contraband," said Europol, which is based in The Hague.


'Jurassic World': L.A. Zoo Zookeepers Among Those Recreating Chris Pratt's Raptor Training Scene (Photos)

Bend the knees and extend the arms.

Foster Farms suspends 5 after undercover video shows abuse

Bob Barker, former host of “The Price is Right” and a longtime animal rights advocate, speaks during a news conference in downtown Los Angeles on Wednesday, June 17, 2015. Barker criticized poultry producer Foster Farms after an animal-rights group released video showing chickens being slammed upside-down into shackles, punched and having their feathers pulled out while still alive. California-based Foster Farms says it has suspended five employees. (AP Photo/Amanda Lee Myers) LOS ANGELES (AP) — Poultry producer Foster Farms suspended five employees Wednesday after an animal-rights group released undercover video showing live birds being slammed upside-down into shackles, punched and plucked.


Sea Dogs Beat Rock Cats To End Skid

Portland, Maine — William Cuevas, making his Double A debut, allowed one run and four hits in five innings as the Portland Sea Dogs beat the New Britain Rock Cats 4-1 Tuesday night at Hadlock Field.

County says there are 5,000 cats living on the streets

Tuesday afternoon, the director of Clay County Animal Care and Control went before the Clay County Commission to ask for financial help to combat the county’s large feral cat problem.

Purrfect friend for homeless cats

MOVE over Catwoman, there’s a new group of modern day superheroes in town. Barbara Jackson and her team have rescued more than 700 cats since creating Wild Cats in 2010.

Rock Cats Home Opener on Thursday Night at NB Stadium

New Britain, CT- The New Britain Rock Cats Baseball Club, the Double-A Eastern League Affiliate of the Colorado Rockies, will host OPENING NIGHT 2015 this Thursday, April 16 at 6:35 PM against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Blue Jays affiliate).

Dogs reunited with owners far more than cats

Sometimes people maybe assume something bad has happened to their cat. Maybe they don’t look quite as hard. I do think cats aren’t maybe regarded as much as dogs. — Andrea McDonald, Coquitlam City Hall

More concerns about Raleigh neighborhood dogs: woman’s dog killed

Police were called again about a group of vicious dogs in one local neighborhood.

Releasing feral cats raises concerns

The Orange County animal shelter starts to get busy around this time of the year as people bring in newborn kittens and pregnant mother cats.Celesta Peterson, who has volunteered at the shelter for eight years, said she used to walk past feral cat...

Sick coyotes' habits boost encounters with humans

Certain coyotes are known to have frequent unnerving encounters with humans and their pets in residential neighbourhoods, and scientists now have an explanation. It turns out that coyotes infected with a common skin parasite tend to develop habits that make them problem animals. "These coyotes that were losing their hair and were sick were more likely to run into people in residential areas ...

Yates, Sea Dogs agree to split in surprising move

Sea Dogs couldn't replicate the magic behind their hot start, and it leads to a mutual parting-of-ways for coach and team.

QC’s ‘4 pets per house’ ordinance repealed

First, the good news: The controversial animal regulation ordinance limiting the number of cats and dogs Quezon City residents can keep has become null and void following the approval of another one which does not contain the provision.   The bad news, however, is that the "four domesticated animals per household" policy may still be incorporated into the implementing rules and regulations (IRR ...
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