In one of the early episodes of "Portlandia," the satirical show that makes fun of all things Portland, Ore., a couple dining out interviews the waitress about their potential chicken dinner.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The Humane Society of the United States and other animal welfare groups filed a lawsuit Tuesday to restore federal protections for gray wolves in the western Great Lakes region that were lifted last year.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Two national groups have filed notice with the federal government that they intend to sue to restore wolves in the western Great Lakes region to the endangered list. The Humane Society of the United States and The Fund for Animals filed the 60-day notice with the Fish and Wildlife Service Monday, as required under the Endangered Species Act. If the agency doesn't restore federal protections to wolves in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan during that period, they'll ask a court to do it.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The Humane Society of the United States says it's under attack by a new group that's trying to starve it of funding by urging donors to send money to local animal shelters instead. The society has long been a thorn in the side of some in agriculture with its undercover investigations and campaigns against animal cruelty. It claims the new group is the brainchild of conservative public relations executive Rick Berman, who spearheaded an earlier campaign against it, and that it's supported by big agricultural interests.
DEERWOOD - Charles William Salb passed away to his eternal home on Sept. 12, 2012. He was born on February 26, 1934 in Milwaukee to Charles and Cecilia Salb. Known affectionately as "Charlie," he was a graduate of Pius XI Catholic School in Milwaukee and earned a degree in geology at the University of Wisconsin. He later served in the U.S. military twice (1957-1958 and 1961-1962), including during the Berlin Crisis and was honorably discharged.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Efforts to outlaw the undercover recording of animal abuse in livestock operations appear to have stalled in Iowa and other states in the face of complaints that the proposals were intended primarily to protect the industry with little concern for animals' welfare.A measure to punish those who make secret videos initially appeared to be sailing through the Iowa Legislature, but after clearing the state House it has sputtered out in the Senate and appears dead for this session. Similar measures also have faltered in Minnesota, Florida and New York.
HASTINGS, Minn. (AP) - A Minnesota animal shelter is aiming to end prejudice against dark-furred pets by holding a "Black Friday" sale. To clear out its backlog of black animals, the Animal Ark No-Kill Shelter in Hastings cut adoption fees in half for any black dog or cat. The sale began Friday and continues through Sunday. "People tend to want an animal that is more flashy and beautiful," shelter manager Mallory Eiynck told the St. Paul Pioneer Press (http://bit.ly/rrvXbP ). "Black is attractive to lots of us, but other people see black animals as plain. You see them everywhere."
LAKE TAHOE - Before he built the massive stone and wood lodge on the edge of the lake, when he and his wife were living in a Walnut Creek, Calif., condo, David Duffield made a vow to a friend: ''I promised her if we ever made some money, we would give it back.''
DEAR ABBY: Now that summer is here, please remind your readers never to leave their dogs or other pets in their cars - even for ''just a minute.'' I understand that owners may think they will be gone only a brief period and the animal will be OK, but it takes only three minutes for the inside of a car to become much hotter than it is outside. In such heat, the pet's body can shut down, and it will die.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Three officials from Minnesota's Department of Natural Resources will lobby Sen. Rod Grams next week to support a landmark conservation bill that would provide $38.5 million to the state next year.
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