A Florida-based animal rights organization that is suing New York state to give legal personhood for chimpanzees holds a neutral stance on abortion.
The Nonhuman Rights Project of Coral Springs has refused to take a position on the debate over whether en utero human life also deserves legal personhood recognition.
Michael Mountain, spokesman for the project, told The Christian Post that regarding the abortion debate "we don't have any position on that." more >>
A buggy crash in northwestern Pennsylvania left two dead this weekend, including an 11-year-old girl. The victims died of blunt force trauma, and State Police are still investigating the collision between the buggy and a semi-truck.
Mary Byler, 34, and her husband, William, 35, were in the buggy at the time of the accident; she was accompanied by her 11-year-old daughter, whose name has been withheld. Mary and her daughter passed away due to injuries after their buggy collided with a semi-truck. Coroner Brad McGonigle told the Associated Press the cause of death for both was blunt force trauma. Unfortunately, due to the severity of injuries, the family's horse also had to be euthanized.
The driver of the semi, Matthew Coulter, 36, survived but his condition was unknown at press time. The Pennsylvania Amish community to which the Bylers belonged is now mourning the death of two of their own. Buggy and vehicle collisions are not uncommon in Amish communities, where buggies are the main means of travel. Too often, "outside" vehicles unused to sharing the road with buggies are either driven too fast or some other incident occurs that leads to a serious accident. more >>
A couple in New Jersey was jailed for abusing their 17-year-old Cocker Spaniel this week.
Keith Morgan and Shauna Ewing Morgan were sentenced to six months in jail after a court hearing on Monday, Nov. 18.
An animal lover in San Antonio, Texas may be seeking legal action after a 12-week puppy she gave to a local shelter was euthanized for having "demons."
Elaine Buchhorn was devastated when she received news recently that the 12-week-old Chihuahua-Dachshund mix she had fostered for a month had been euthanized by the Humane Society of New Braunfels, near San Antonio. Buchhorn says the puppy, who she named Baby George, was sweet and docile, so much so that she allowed it to play around her young granddaughter and two other dogs. Her son had reportedly found the puppy near his apartment and taken it to his mother, who has helped take care of young animals before.
Buchhorn had fostered the puppy for a month and tried to find it a home, but when she was unable to she brought the puppy to the humane society with the hope they could find the animal a home. She tells local WOAI-TV that she then learned from the shelter on Oct. 14, three days after taking the puppy there, that the dog had been put down because he had "demons" and was showing aggression toward employees, even biting one employee. more >>
A judge has sentenced a New Jersey woman to 18 months parole for abandoning her dog in 2011, dumping the pit bull in a trash can when she went on vacation.
Kisha Curtis allegedly threw her dog in the garbage when she went on vacation in 2011. When Curtis' pit bull, Patrick, was later found in a trash compactor, it weighed just 19 pounds and was covered in sores.
Curtis has denied the claims, maintaining that she left the dog in the hallway, but pleaded guilty to fourth-degree animal cruelty in July. more >>
Lionfish, a venomous and predatory fish native to the Pacific and Indian Oceans, has been discovered in the Atlantic and Caribbean at deep-sea depths, according to reports. Researchers believe the fish could be having a negative impact on other fish, as the lionfish have no natural predators to control their already burgeoning population.
The lionfish were located last month on an Atlantic deep-sea expedition to areas 300 feet beneath the surface. Stephanie Green, a post-doctoral associate at Oregon State University's Hixon Lab and the lead scientist on the project, said the lionfish "invasion" most likely started near South Florida, when residents released their unwanted pets.
"Genetic work has showed that the whole invasion began from a few releases," said Dr. Green. "There is strong evidence that the lionfish is having negative effects on the native population," she said. "We don't see any signal that anything is controlling lionfish population." more >>