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US to kill half a million barred owls to save spotted owl

United States wildlife officials have proposed a plan to kill half a million barred owls to save spotted owls. The plan is facing objections from animal welfare organizations.

Ship with 6,800 sheep and lambs stuck off the coast of Greece

A very old ship transporting 6,800 sheep and lambs became stranded off the coast of Greece on Friday. The live animal carrier encountered trouble when departing from Georgia and headed for Saudi Arabia.

Italian island Alicudi has too many goats and plans to give them away

The tiny Italian island of Alicudi, with a population of around 120 humans and 600 goats, faces a unique challenge: more animals than humans. Riccardo Gullo, the mayor of Alicudi, has proposed a plan to give away the goats to anyone interested.

Mass killing of 2 million chickens at US farm after bird flu outbreak

Cal-Maine Foods, the largest egg producer in the United States, is set to kill 2 million chickens at one of its Texas facilities after detecting bird flu.

Newborn lambs at feedlot South Africa ahead of live animal export, serious animal welfare concerns

Two newborn lambs were discovered among animals who are waiting to be loaded onto a ship for live animal export. The animal will be sent from South Africa to the Middle East.

Dog Khaleesi dies after horrific abuse in Aruba, sparking outrage

Khaleesi, a dog in Aruba who was rescued after being tied by the neck so severely by her owner that her skin was stripped away, died on Sunday, animal welfare organization Crijojo Trappers Aruba said. 

Orca Inouk dies at Marineland after 25 years in captivity

Inouk, an orca held in captivity at Marineland in France, died on Thursday after 25 years, marking the end of a life spent entirely within the park’s pools. His cause of death is not yet known. 

Dogs can understand words related to objects, study shows

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Dogs can understand some words that refer to objects, a new study has shown. Researchers at the Eotvos Lorand University in Budapest, Hungary, measured the brain activity of dogs to show that they can activate a memory of an object when they hear its name.

Humans give more viruses to animals than animals to humans, new study finds

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A new study found that humans give more viruses to animals —about twice as many—than animals give to humans.

US park agency wants to remove cats from Puerto Rico tourist site

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The animal welfare group Alley Cat Allies sued the United States National Park Service (NPS) on Wednesday to stop a plan to remove and in some cases kill cats from a historic place in Puerto Rico.

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