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Taiwanese urged to avoid visiting farms with illegal animal performances

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — New Taipei’s animal welfare authorities are urging the public to avoid visiting farms with illegal animal performances as businesses could face hefty fines for viola...

AP PHOTOS: Bear costumes, dance at popular Romanian festival

COMANESTI, Romania (AP) — Centuries ago, people in what is now northeastern Romania would don bear fur and dance to fend off evil spirits. Nowadays, the custom lives on as a popular festival that has ...

Puppy cradled by monkey suffered broken back, starvation in southwest Taiwan

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — An autopsy conducted on a puppy that had been cuddled by a Taiwan macaque has found that it suffered a broken spine and starvation. Last week, a Taiwan macaque that is ...

California man avoids prison after 2021 attack on tortoise

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — A Northern California man avoided prison time Friday after he drunkenly trespassed at a preschool last year and attacked a pet tortoise named Michelangelo, The San Jose Mercury...

Taiwanese men caught playing with lifeless body of captured Formosan black bear

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A group of men shown in a video playing with the body of an apparently lifeless Taiwan black bear on a scooter are subject to a fine of up to NT$1 million (US$33,000), the...

Taipei motorcyclist suspected of dragging dog behind motorcycle

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A dog owner is suspected of dragging their dog behind a moving motorcycle on Sunday (Nov. 27), which is forbidden by the Animal Protection Act, the city’s Animal Pro...

Expert questions whether school shooter's mom drank heavily

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Prosecutors in the penalty trial of Florida school shooter Nikolas Cruz began their rebuttal of the defense case Tuesday by questioning whether his birth mother drank as h...

50 animal skeletons found in northern Taiwan dog shelter

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Dozens of animal skeletons have been found in a dog shelter in Taoyuan, in a case involving animal abuse and multiple violations of the law. A group of animal welfare v...

Judge halts horse racing authority enforcement in La., W.Va.

A federal judge said Tuesday a national horse racing authority cannot enforce its rules in Louisiana and West Virginia while a lawsuit challenging the organization is in court. In gr...

Kurt Zouma banned from keeping cats for 5 years for abuse

LONDON (AP) — West Ham defender Kurt Zouma was banned from keeping cats for five years and ordered Wednesday to carry out 180 hours of community service as a punishment for kicking and slapping his pe...

Trainer Asmussen seeks Derby breakthrough with Epicenter

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Steve Asmussen is caught off guard when asked about his achievements, mainly because he’s too focused on training horses to reflect. And the fun he’s had doing...

Authorities confront north Taiwan cat hoarder, find 47 cats in house

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — After receiving reports from a veterinarian and an animal welfare volunteer, two borough chiefs in Taoyuan City confronted cat-hoarding owners to find 47 cats in a single ...

Greek man held on suspicion of kicking kitten into the sea

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek authorities on Monday arrested a man suspected of enticing a kitten with food at a restaurant where he was dining and then kicking it into the sea, the country's minister f...

Abuse of hamsters, hedgehogs underscores lax pet management in Taiwan

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Animal welfare groups flagged the rise in animal cruelty cases involving small animals in Taiwan on Tuesday (April 19) and called for better pet management. Existing pe...

Southern Taiwan woman sentenced to 30-days in jail for killing guinea pig

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A Kaohsiung woman has been sentenced to 30 days in prison for viciously abusing her pet guinea pig and causing its death. On Aug. 27, 2021, a woman surnamed Chiang (江) ...