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Marineland: OSPCA Welcomes More Power from the Province

Published 10/11/12
By Liam Casey and Linda Diebel, The Toronto Star

The Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals wants more funding and sweeping changes to its powers, saying it is handcuffed in its investigations by the current legislation and animals are suffering because of it. With those new powers, the OSPCA would welcome government oversight, said Rob Godfrey, chairman of the board of directors. “There is nothing hidden and there shouldn’t be anything hidden,” Godfrey told the Star on Wednesday (Oct. 10).

Link: TheStar.com

Group Seeking End to Captivity of Animals Issues Report

Published 10/09/12

ENDCAP, which describes itself as "a pan-European coalition of animal welfare NGOs and wildlife professionals from countries throughout Europe, whose members specialise in the welfare and protection of wild animals in captivity," just published its report "Wild Pets in the European Union" (PDF)and sent it to the European Commission, the European Parliament and the European Council and the Council of Europe.

Ill Girl Gets Wish, Kills 335-Pound Bear (VIDEO)

Published 10/03/12

An 11-year-old girl waiting for heart and liver transplants fulfilled her dream of hunting a bear. WAOW reports.

Link: CNN.com

Horses Removed from 'Terrible' Conditions in Washington

Published 09/27/12
By Laura L. Myers, Reuters

Animal control officers in Washington state seized 39 emaciated and sickly horses on Wednesday from inhumane conditions in dark stalls filled with feces on a breeding farm outside of Tacoma, authorities said.

Link: Huffington Post

Chile's Pacific Paradise Endangered by Goats, Cats

Published 09/24/12
By Eva Vergara, Associated Press

It's still a natural paradise far out in the Pacific, with thick jungles and stunningly steep and verdant slopes climbing out of the sea. But much of the splendor in the tiny Chilean islands that likely inspired Daniel Defoe's "Robinson Crusoe" castaway novel is being eaten away.

Link: Yahoo! News

100 Most Threatened Species

Published 09/21/12

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the Zoological Society of London recently released a list of the 100 Most Threatened Species at the IUCN World Conservation Congress in South Korea.

Link: Huffington Post

Invasive Species In Europe Account For 22 Percent Of Mammals, Study Finds

Published 09/18/12
By Becky Oskin, LiveScience.com

Whether they escaped from zoos or accompanied migrating nomads, invasive species from giant Himalayan bats and porcupines to house mice now account for 22 percent of mammals in Europe, a new study finds. If bats and marine mammals are excluded, the researchers found aliens make up some 28 percent of terrestrial mammals in Europe.

Link: Huffington Post

Dead Fish, Birds Wash Up on Lake Erie Shores in Latest Mystery

Published 09/12/12
By Cavan Sieczkowski, Huffington Post

Tens of thousands of dead fish, along with dead seagulls, washed up on the shores of Lake Erie on Wednesday afternoon in yet another mysterious mass animal death. Rick Nicholls, member of Provincial Parliament for the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario, is mystified by the mass Lake Erie animal death, telling NewsNet5: “First thing that crossed my mind, is there any potential danger to humans from a health point of view? Secondly, as I got more and more into it, what’s the cause of this sudden fish kill in the lake?”

Link: huffingtonpost.com

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