May 9, 2021
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Valley News – Groups push for limits on rat poison in Mass. after bald eagle dies

Published: 5/6/2021 9:59:29 PM

Modified: 5/6/2021 9:59:27 PM

BOSTON — Animal rights groups are pressing Massachusetts lawmakers to limit the use of highly toxic rat poison following the death of a bald eagle blamed on the poison.

The bald eagle that died in March along the Charles River was poisoned after ingesting a toxic substance meant to kill vermin.

State wildlife officials said the eagle succumbed to poisoning from a “second-generation anticoagulant rodenticide.” The second-generation anticoagulants prevent blood from clotting normally, resulting in a fatal hemorrhage. They are more toxic than first-generation poisons.

It’s the first time that such a

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North Dakota: Keller to retire from state vet position

Susan Keller is ready to spend more time with her family, cows and horses.

The long-time North Dakota state veterinarian will retire from the position the end of June.

As the state veterinarian for the N.D. State Agriculture Department and Board of Animal Health, she has served the state for nearly a quarter century, for two agriculture commissioners and many State Board of Animal Health members.

When her veterinary career started, she never thought she’d serve in a governmental capacity.

Growing up on the family dairy and beef farm near Kelly, Kansas, in the northeast corner of the state, she

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Plans Underway to Make South Carolina a No Kill State!


“No Kill” is a term used in animal welfare that refers to the goal of saving “all healthy and treatable dogs and cats, typically about 90%. No Kill communities do not euthanize animals for space and they use data-driven and research-based strategies to bring euthanasia rates down and improve the quality of care for animals.

The concept of No Kill was introduced as early as the 1970s but gained major attention on the West Coast entering the 1990s with an article entitled In the Name of Mercy penned by Ed Duvin and was later effectively

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Minnesota’s Backyard: Climbing, cacti and purebred bison at Blue Mounds State Park

While Minnesota does not boast a pharmacy with a western art gallery in it or famous people’s heads carved into a mountainside, at the risk of giving away a secret treat, there is better bison viewing to be had five hours closer, at Blue Mounds State Park.

In non-pandemic times, Blue Mounds offers a “Jurassic Park”-style truck tour in a specially-designed 12-seat vehicle which gets visitors up close to the local bison herd safely. The truck tours have been on hiatus due to COVID-19, but there is still wildlife viewing to be had on-site.

“The bison are still out

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NYS Senate Passes Bill to Shut Down the Puppy Mill Pipeline

NEW YORK, May 5, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Today, the New York State Senate approved S.1130, to shut down the puppy mill pipeline and end the retail sale of dogs, cats and rabbits in pet stores across the state. Sponsored by Senate Deputy Majority Leader Michael Gianaris (D-Queens), the bill is supported by leading animal welfare groups including the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®), the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), New York State Animal Protection Federation (NYSAPF), Voters For Animal Rights (VFAR), Companion Animal Protection Society (CAPS), Animal Legal

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For Bears, California Recalls Are the Perfect Circus

SACRAMENTO — He was new to politics but a working actor who has shared the screen with Kevin Costner. He posed. He swaggered. He did not obviously beg for the rotisserie chicken. He publicly refrained from his two favorite offstage habits, flatulence and belching, although at one point he did wash himself with his tongue as the cameras rolled.

Under a broiling Sacramento sun, Tag — a half-ton bear hired as a stunt by one of the Republicans hoping to replace Gov. Gavin Newsom of California in a likely fall recall election — hit all his marks in front of

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