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  • Gene mutation explains why some dogs work for treats

    Scientists have discovered a gene associated with canine obesity after studying Labrador retrieversScientists have discovered a genetic mutation that appears to make certain dogs, like Labrador retrievers, extra motivated by food and treats and also more likely to be obese, a study said Tuesday. "We've found something in about a quarter of pet Labradors that fits with a hardwired biological reason for the food-obsessed behavior reported by owners," said lead author Eleanor Raffan, a veterinary surgeon and geneticist at the University of Cambridge. Researchers first identified the variation, which occurs in a gene called POMC, in a group of dogs that included 15 obese and 18 lean Labrador retrievers.




  • Kate Upton announces engagement to Tigers' Justin Verlander

    Kate Upton wears an engagement ring as she arrives at The Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Benefit Gala, celebrating the opening of "Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology" on Monday, May 2, 2016, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)NEW YORK (AP) — Kate Upton has announced her engagement to baseball star Justin Verlander.




  • France bans most foie gras production for three months

    France bans most foie gras production for three monthsFrance's foie gras production has ground to a halt for the next three months, but the reason behind the ban probably isn't what you think. SEE ALSO: Sacré bleu! Restaurants in France now have to give out doggy bags Foie gras producers in 18 départements in south west France will be banned by the Ministry for Agriculture from having any ducks or geese in their factories and slaughterhouses from this week until Aug. 15, bringing a halt to 71% of the national production of foie gras.  While animal rights campaigners have long been calling for a ban on the French delicacy — made from fattened duck or goose liver — the halt is down to an unprecedented bird flu epidemic that's hit southwestern France.  In November 2015, a highly virulent strain of the H5N1 virus was found at a chicken farm in the Dordogne region of France, prompting an intervention by veterinary watchdogs.  H5N1 is lethal for birds, but — unlike other forms of flu — it does not typically spread between people. Humans only contract the virus if they come into close contact with sick or dead poultry infected with the virus.  The ban will have a heavy impact on France's agricultural industry; with breeders claiming the production halt will amount to a loss of €130 million ($115 million).  "This interruption of business will cause cash flow difficulties, additional salary costs linked to the partial lay-offs of approximately 4000 employees, and fixed charges that must be paid despite the stop in business and income," Marie-Pierre Pé — general secretary of foie gras producers association Cifog — told Le Figaro . France's Ministry for Agriculture announced in January that it will provide compensation for producers to the amount of the estimated losses.  The long-term consequences of the three-month ban will likely take a toll on the price of foie gras, according to foie gras producer Christophe Barrailh.  Barrailh told Le Figaro  that there will be nine million fewer ducks on the national market, resulting in a noticeable price hike. 




  • PETA Says Neigh to HBO's 'Horse Porn' on 'Silicon Valley'
    In a week leading up to the Kentucky Derby, horse sex falls under the microscope after a "Silicon Valley" episode.

  • PETA Says Neigh to HBO’s ‘Horse Porn’
    In a week leading up to the Kentucky Derby, horse sex falls under the microscope after a "Silicon Valley" episode.

  • Circus elephants' retirement home promises pampered life

    An elderly elephant named Mysore gets a pedicure at the Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Center for Elephant Conservation in Polk City, Florida on March 8, 2016When Mysore performed in the Ringling Brothers' traveling circus, she waltzed, she hooked her trunk onto another elephant's tail, and she stood on her hind legs in a line for a trick known as the long mount. Now at the age of about 70 -- and one of the oldest Asian elephants in the world -- Mysore is retired at the circus's refuge in central Florida, where she gets weekly pedicures, daily baths, naps on a giant dirt pile, eats ground-up hay and more than six loaves of wheat bread a day. "Boy, she loves the bread," says Janice Aria, the director of animal stewardship at the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Center for Elephant Conservation, where Mysore arrived in 2006.




  • Last dance: Final performance for Ringling Bros. elephants

    An Asian elephant performs during the national anthem for the final elephant performance during the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, Sunday, May 1, 2016, in Providence, R.I. The circus closes its own chapter on a controversial practice that has entertained audiences since circuses began in America two centuries ago. The animals will live at the Ringling Bros. 200-acre Center for Elephant Conservation in Florida. (AP Photo/Bill Sikes)PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The curtain fell a final time for elephants performing at Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus as the circus ended a practice that enthralled audiences for two centuries but became caught between animal rights activists' concerns and Americans' shifting views.




  • PETA Slams Justin Bieber for Posing With Chained Tiger
    The animal rights group, in a letter to the pop star and manager Scooter Braun, said the big cat comes from the Bowmanville Zoo, where the owner faces five animal cruelty charges.

  • Elephants perform for final time at Ringling Bros.

    Ringling Brothers Circus Retires Elephant ActPROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus bid farewell to its performing elephants on Sunday, as the show closed its own chapter on a practice that has entertained audiences in America for two centuries but has come under fire by animal rights activists.




  • The Latest: Elephants give final Ringling Bros. performance

    An Asian elephant performs during the national anthem for the final elephant performance during the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, Sunday, May 1, 2016, in Providence, R.I. The circus closes its own chapter on a controversial practice that has entertained audiences since circuses began in America two centuries ago. The animals will live at the Ringling Bros. 200-acre Center for Elephant Conservation in Florida. (AP Photo/Bill Sikes)PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The Latest on elephants performing for the last time at Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus (all times local):





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