The Northern Arapaho tribe in Wyoming has won a permit to hunt two bald eagles for religious purposes. It's the first time federal authorities have granted such approval for bald eagles. The move comes in the wake of a lawsuit that alleged that refusing such permits violated tribe members' religious freedom.
In October of 2011, Terry Thompson opened the cages of dozens of wild animals on his farm in Ohio — lions, bears, leopards, tigers, monkeys and wolves — and then shot himself in the head. The nearby city of Zanesville was put on lockdown as police tracked and killed many of the escaped animals.
Iowa's so-called "Ag-Gag" law targets undercover animal rights activists who secretly take videos. Farmers say they need the legal protection to block those trying to take down agriculture, but critics ask what the industry may be hiding.
Rhino poaching is on the rise. The animal's horn is believed to have medicinal properties, and some say legalizing the trade could help squelch the black market. One controversial way to reduce poaching may be rhino ranches, where the horns are harvested for sale.
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