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Virginia Bill Would Discourage Pet Stores From Doing Business With Puppy Mills

The Virginia House of Delegates is set to vote on a Senate-approved bill aimed at making sure dogs being adopted in the state don't come from puppy mills.
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'Piglet Smoothie' Fed To Sows To Prevent Disease; Activists Outraged

Undercover footage shows a hog farm feeding sows ground-up piglets that succumbed to a deadly virus. Veterinarians say it's the only method they have to protect herds against a fast-spreading disease.
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These Reindeer Really Do Glow, And It's For Their Own Good

It's not Rudolph's nose that's red. Herders in Finland are experimenting with fluorescent paint on their animals' antlers and fur. They hope to reduce the 4,000 reindeer deaths on highways each year.
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Americans Want Antibiotic-Free Chicken, And The Industry Is Listening

Chick-fil-A's plan to ditch antibiotics in its birds is part of a small but growing trend. Driving the growth is concern about the risks associated with routine use of antibiotics in farm animals.
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Eagles Make DTE Energy Plant Their Winter Home

The Michigan power plant dumps a lot of warm water into Lake Erie. The warm water attracts fish. The fish in turn attract bald eagles. Almost 200 of them have been nesting at the plant.
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Is Tyson Foods' Chicken Empire A 'Meat Racket'?

A new book argues that Tyson's system treats farmers like "modern-day sharecroppers." Author Christopher Leonard looks at Tyson's inner workings and the not-so-independent farmers who raise the birds.
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No Rest For Critters As Virginia Lawmakers Move To Lift Ban On Sunday Hunting

Hunting on Sundays is a no-no in Virginia under current law, but that could change if a bill passes the state Senate.

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Mayor Wants To Drive Horse-Drawn Carriages Out Of NYC

Carriage drivers say many of their horses have been rescued from abusive situations; animal rights activists argue that the rides are inherently inhumane. Now, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio wants to replace the horses — with vintage electric cars.

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Bird Watchers Flock To Illinois To Catch Sight Of Bald Eagles

The harsh winter has caused headaches for many in the Midwest, but there's a silver lining for some bird watchers looking for bald eagles. Jenna Dooley of member station WNIJ explains how this harsh winter is helping attract them to an unusual spot in Illinois.
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Research Shows New Flu Viruses Often Arise In Domestic Animals

Scientists have apparently been wrong about where new flu viruses come from, and they've underestimated the viruses' connection to horses. The dogma is that new viruses always incubate in wild migratory birds first, then get into domestic poultry, and then jump into mammals — especially pigs and humans.

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