Animals News Headlines

File photo of elephants from the Ringling Bros and Barnum and Bailey Circus parading in front of the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington

Ringling Bros. circus to stop elephant acts by 2018

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus will eliminate its elephant acts - long an integral part of the spectacle billed as "The Greatest Show on Earth" - by 2018 amid criticism by animal welfare activists, the circus' parent company said on Thursday. Feld Entertainment said the 13 Asian elephants used in its traveling shows will live at the company's 200-acre (81- hectare) Center for Elephant …

  • Moncton's Magnetic Hill Zoo helps animals cope with snow

    Staff at Moncton’s Magnetic Hill Zoo have been busy trying to help the animals deal with the heavy snowfall that has covered the city this winter. Bernard Gallant, the zoo’s co-ordinator, said dealing with the series of snowstorms has kept staff busy. “We have precautions," said Gallant. Jamie Carson, an animal care …

  • FILE - In this March 19, 2013 file photo, a performer waves as elephants with the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey show, pause for a photo opportunity in front of the Capitol in Washington, on their way to the Verizon Center, to promote the show coming to town. The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus will phase out the show's iconic elephants from its performances by 2018, telling The Associated Press. exclusively that growing public concern about how the animals are treated led to the decision. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

    The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus will phase out the show's iconic elephants from its performances by 2018, telling The Associated Press exclusively that growing public concern about how the animals are treated led to the decision. Executives from Feld Entertainment, Ringling's parent company, said the decision …

  • Deer rescued from deep snow in Pointe-Verte

    A group of people in Pointe-Verte, N.B., risked danger on Wednesday to rescue a deer that got stuck in deep snow on the beach. The villagers say they didn't hesitate, but wish the Department of Natural Resources had taken action to avoid the deer getting trapped. During the daytime, the deer are often afraid to cross …

  • April Dawn Irving, accused Alberta dog hoarder, has history of animal neglect

    The Alberta SPCA has filed 13 charges under the Animal Protection Act against April Dawn Irving. Irving is accused of hoarding more than 200 dogs that were removed from a southern Alberta acreage near Milk River. The charges allege Irving either caused or allowed the dogs to be in distress and failed to provide them with …

  • Britain's Prince William, left, meets with students as he attends the Premier Skills football coaching event at Nanyang Secondary School in Shanghai, China Tuesday, March 3, 2015. William focused his China trip on promoting links between the countries in football and film Tuesday, watching students kick balls around with Premier League-trained coaches ahead of a movie premiere. (AP Photo) CHINA OUT

    Prince William fed carrots to an elephant in southwestern China and raised the plight of its African counterparts being killed for their tusks in a speech Wednesday that called on China to do more to deter poaching. He urged China, which has come in for criticism that its citizens' demand for ivory has fueled poaching, …

  • B.C.'s lone Green Party MLA Andrew Weaver has presented a private members bill he says will curb trophy killing of grizzly bears by forcing hunters to bring home the meat. Currently in B.C., grizzly bear hunters can take certain parts of the animal, like the head, hands and fur, and leave behind the rest. "One of the …

  • Dr. Daniel Drucker, an endocrinologist and senior scientist at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto, is shown in a handout photo. Researchers are probing a link between bariatric surgery and higher colon cancer risk. THE CANADIAN PRESS/ HO-Mount Sinai Hospital

    Bariatric surgery has been a boon to obese patients hoping to shed significant pounds or to treat weight-related diabetes, but the downside is an increased risk of developing colon cancer. In studies in laboratory mice, a research team led by Drucker found the digestive hormone GLP-1 was "a pretty potent growth factor" …

  • Traffic pollution tied to slower cognition in schoolchildren

    Children who attend school in heavy traffic areas may show slower cognitive development and lower memory test scores, Spanish researchers have found. About 21,000 premature deaths are attributed to air pollution in Canada each year, according to the Canadian Medical Association. The detrimental effects of air pollution …

  • Firefighters rescue cat from Winnipeg house fire

    Winnipeg firefighters rescued a cat from a house fire in the city's West Broadway area on Tuesday morning. Crews were called to 153 Furby St. shortly after 11 a.m. Smoke could be seen coming out of the 2½-storey wood frame house. Firefighters at the scene told CBC News they were giving the cat oxygen in an effort to revive …

  • Calgary news, weather and traffic for Tuesday, March 3

    After a chilly night, the weather will begin to take a warmer turn in the next few days. We're expecting a smooth commute this morning — road conditions are bare and dry throughout Calgary and southern Alberta. If you have updates on the weather and the road conditions, give us a call at #1010, *1010 or 403-521-1010. …

  • In this photo taken Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015, Kit Paulson, watershed planning manager for the city, cleans gear after she and a colleague waded through urban streams while researching whether a tiny destructive New Zealand mudsnail is present in the salmon-bearing stream in Bellevue, Wash. Scientists are turning to environmental DNA, or eDNA, an emerging surveillance tool that detects the presence of an organism by analyzing cellular material such as urine, hair, feathers or skin cells that are left behind in the environment. From Asian carp in the Great Lakes basin to salamanders in Kentucky to great crested newts in the United Kingdom, the tool is helping biologists look for reclusive or rare imperiled species, monitor unwanted creatures or gauge the overall biodiversity of a lake or stream. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

    It's this evidence that Kit Paulsen is seeking as she wades into an urban creek east of Seattle and fills a 4-litre jug with water. Spring is a difficult time to detect the fish because of high runoff, and it's also hard to get out into backcountry areas, said Matthew Laramie, a U.S. Geological Survey ecologist in Boise, …

  • Victoria police knee teen girl in ribs during arrest

    According to the teenager, an animal control officer tried to take away the abandoned dog, and when she intervened, the officer also threatened to take away her dog. Mike Russell said the Victoria police are reviewing the arrest. David Jones, a former police officer, said the takedown was difficult for both the officers …

  • A strange world has opened at the Glenbow Museum in Calgary — one that visitors can explore with both their eyes and hands. The creation of Edmonton artist Lyndal Osborne, Cabinets of Curiosity is an installation inspired by the 17th-century tradition of "Wunderkammer" (wonder-rooms). These collections and elaborate displays …

  • Three people are facing multiple animal abuse charges in connection to what the Calgary Humane Society called "one of the worst cases of neglect" it had ever seen. Despite the effort of the Calgary Humane Society veterinarians, Ruby died a week later while in surgery to repair one of her most severe injuries. Three people …

  • In this Feb. 19, 2015 photo, Ann Styles Brochstein holds her Havanese dog Samson near where Samson was attacked by a coyote outside her home in Chappaqua, N.Y. The suburban Town of New Castle, which includes Chappaqua, is divided over how to deal with the coyotes that have moved in over the last several years. (AP Photo/Jim Fitzgerald)

    This well-heeled hamlet north of New York City is embroiled in an increasingly nasty debate that seems oddly out of place amid the stately homes and tony boutiques: What should be done about coyotes? Self-styled coyote spotters in and around Chappaqua have counted 160 incursions into backyards and streets over the last …

  • Wild horses captured in Alberta roundup go to auction

    The Alberta government's wild horse roundup is halfway towards its target goal for 2015 and some of the newly penned animals found homes yesterday. This weekend, 17 mares and stallions went up for auction at Danny Daines' Innisfail Auction Market. The horses sold for between $500 and $800 to owners who either want to …

  • The family of 23-year-old Naverone Christian Landon Woods — shot and killed in a Surrey Safeway store in December — continues to raise questions about the circumstances of his death. Woods was fatally shot by transit police officers at the Safeway store at 10355 King George Boulevard​ shortly after 8 a.m. PT on Dec. 28. …

  • Manitobans who rely on service animals say they still encounter barriers when it comes to bringing them to public spaces such as schools, stores and restaurants. A report issued this week by the Manitoba Human Rights Commission found there is continued confusion at restaurants, hotels and even schools over service animals …

  • Canada's food safety organization says two cows discovered to have mad cow disease in the last five years were born on the same Alberta farm. Paul Mayers of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency said the most recent case detected earlier this month involves a cow born in 2009. Another cow born on the same farm in 2004 tested …

More Latest News »