Animals

Environment
9:03 am
Wed June 12, 2013

Numbers Of Red Wolf Pups Dwindling In North Carolina

A litter of red wolf pups
Credit U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Wildlife researchers have noticed a slight drop in the number of pups being born to the state's native red wolf population.  According to the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service, 34 wolf pups in seven litters were found in eastern North Carolina habitats.  That's down by an average of seven pups over the last three years. 

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Politics & Government
9:29 am
Sat June 1, 2013

Senate Bill Seeks To Halt Outside Undercover Investigations

A snapshot from inside the Butterball processing facility in Hoke County,
Credit Mercy for Animals

A bill in the state Senate could put an end to secret videos seeking to expose shoddy business practices.  The N.C Commerce Protection Act would stop advocacy groups from getting hidden-camera evidence of crimes unbeknownst to employers. 

Mercy For Animals made one such video at a Butterball plant in Hoke County in 2011 that led to charges.  The group's lead investigator Matt Rice says the bill would go beyond just animal cruelty.

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Politics & Government
5:01 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

Puppy Mill Bill Passes State House

A Rhodesian ridgeback mother dog and her puppy.
Credit m_h via flickr, Creative Commons

The State House has passed a bill that would require basic standards of care for commercial dog-breeding operations.

The "puppy mill bill," as it's known, would apply to facilities with more than ten breeding females. Breeders would have to provide food and water, exercise, appropriate housing, vet care, and humane euthanasia if needed.

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Education
2:00 pm
Wed May 8, 2013

Want To Hang Out With Lemurs? Duke Lemur Center Invites Visitors

The Coquerel's Sifaka lemur is the flagship species of the Duke Lemur Center. The center owns all captive animals of this species.
Laura Candler

A Walking with Lemurs tour at the Duke Lemur Center might just seem like an ordinary walk through the woods at first. But at the rustle of a food bucket, tiny, energetic animals begin to descend from the treetops, and you know you’re not walking in any normal forest. Lemurs zip past you at will, some of them with tiny infants clinging to their backs, and there are no barriers between you and the furry primates.

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Environment
4:22 pm
Fri April 12, 2013

Deadly Bat Fungus Spreading Through Western NC

Bat with white-nose fungus.
Credit Photo courtesy Ryan von Linden/New York Department of Environmental Conservation

A deadly fungus known as white-nose syndrome has been decimating bat populations in the Eastern United States and is spreading quickly through western portions of North Carolina. It was discovered in upstate New York in 2006. The infection is marked by a white frosting of fungus around the bat's nose, ears, and wings.

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Military
4:51 pm
Thu April 4, 2013

Fort Bragg To Phase Out Harming Animals In Army Training

Medics in training at Fort Bragg
Credit Sgt. April de Armas/82nd CAB, Fort Bragg

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) alleges that at least 300 goats are killed and maimed at Fort Bragg each month for medical training.  Now activists are applauding signs the army may be starting to the change the way soldiers are trained for trauma response. According to the 2013 National Defense Authorization Act, Congress has required the military to lay out a timeline to phase out the use of animals for training purposes.

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Arts & Culture
11:30 am
Fri March 29, 2013

Can Zoo Animals Hunt For Easter Eggs?

A chimpanzee eats treats from inside a papier-mâché egg.
Credit Zoo photo by Tom Gillespie

Who says animals can’t participate in an Easter egg hunt? This weekend, while thousands of children across the state hunt for candy-filled Easter eggs, the North Carolina Zoo will give its animals their own egg hunt.

The “Egg-Stravaganza” begins Saturday morning, and it involves zookeepers putting papier-mâché eggs filled with animal treats inside the animals' living spaces. Some of the lucky creatures that will be getting eggs include gorillas, elephants, ocelots, Red River hogs, seals, bears, and a cougar.

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Business & Economy
12:02 pm
Sat November 24, 2012

Undercover Investigation Reveals More Abuse at Butterball Turkey Plants

Another undercover investigation by an animal rights group has revealed patterns of abuse directed toward turkeys at Butterball poultry plants in four counties. This comes less than a year after the group Mercy for Animals documented abuse at a Hoke County Butterball facility. Vandhana Bhalla with Mercy for Animals says an undercover investigator was wired with a camera, which captured the abuse.

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State of Things
11:24 am
Thu August 30, 2012

Carolina Parakeet

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Today, parakeets are creatures of the tropics, but one breed in particular was native to the forests of the Eastern United States, including North Carolina.  The Carolina Parakeet went extinct in the early 20th century, but continues to fascinate the public.

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Politics & Government
6:10 am
Tue June 5, 2012

New Policy To Control Feral Cats In Wake County

In the past, Wake County euthanized all unwanted cats. But not anymore. The county is adopting a new approach to control its feral cat population.

Asma Khalid: Feral cats are unsocialized. They can't live indoors. This new policy allows private animal groups the right to trap, neuter, vaccinate and then return these alley cats to the outdoors.  The Wake Audobon Society opposes the plan. It fears more outdoor cats will mean fewer birds. But, Pam Miller says that's not true.

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