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Archive: April, 2011

POSTED: Friday, April 22, 2011, 8:13 AM

Sometimes we wonder, if we are living in 2011 in Pennsylvania or 1963 in Birmingham, Alabama. A Sunday incident provided yet another example of the latter. Once again a small group apparently peacefully protesting a live pigeon shoot, was attacked by pigeon shoot supporters - all of it captured on video.

What started as name calling and verbal  threats has escalated to armed confrontations and now, assault. "The people who are supposed to be protecting us do not," said Stuart Chaifetz , spokesman for the animal rights group Showing Animals Respect and Kindness (SHark). "It's as if it's ok to harass and attack activists." 

Activist Steve Hindi, founder of the group, and an associate were filming on a public right of way outside of Wing Pointe hunting preserve in Hamburg when two men confronted them. One reached inside a vehicle to hit a woman in a vehicle. In the other incident, Hindi -  reports a man hit him with the metal snap leaving him with a bloody wound on his head. We do not yet know if any charges have been filed against the attackers.

POSTED: Friday, April 22, 2011, 5:30 PM

A little white and fluffy bundle of joy has arrived at a nursery high above the streets of Harrisburg.

The baby peregrine falcon, or eyas, hatched sometime Wednesday evening. The egg was the first to hatch of four laid by a new female who took over the nest in the state Department of Environmental Protection building earlier this year.

POSTED: Thursday, April 21, 2011, 3:51 PM

(Photo/Schuylkill Center)

What a lucky duck goose.

POSTED: Tuesday, April 19, 2011, 11:18 PM

What happens when a pipsqueak penguin gets tickled?

Brace yourself. Cookie, a miniature breed of penguin and the mascot at the Cincinnati Zoo's birdhouse, goes positively wild. 

No more than 12 inches tall, this litttle guy's giggle fit has become an internet sensation, drawing half-a-million views.

POSTED: Tuesday, April 19, 2011, 9:37 AM

In his more than quarter century career fighting for animals, most recently as president of the Humane Society of the United States, Wayne Pacelle has witnessed the best and worst of human behavior toward animals.

From factory farming and baby seal clubbing to puppy mills and dog fighting, humankind continues to exploit and abuse animals even as we have developed a growing reverence toward them and raised our voices to stop the cruelty. 

Witness the extraordinary efforts of so many to save the victims of abuse, be they pigeons or elephants, the hundreds who stayed behind with their pets during Hurricane Katrina - many losing their lives in the process - and the billions of dollars Americans shell out each year to pamper their pets.

POSTED: Tuesday, April 19, 2011, 12:01 AM

Last week it looked like Proposition B, "The Puppy Mill Cruelty Prevention Act," in Missouri was dead.

Lawmakers in the puppy mill capital of the nation had scuttled the voter-approved referendum aimed at making commercial kennels - of which there are more than 1,000  - more humane.

Today Gov. Nixon announced a deal to save the major provisions of the proposition, drawing praise from animal welfare advocates, breeders and the farm lobby alike.

POSTED: Sunday, April 17, 2011, 2:27 PM

Where's Steve? Back home in Ridley we are happy to report. Last week the piglet escaped from his yard only to be picked up by police and whisked away to an undisclosed location, During that time he garnered global attention - and first place in a contest of favorite pigs of all time, ahead of Arnold, the Green Acres pig. Today Steve's a pig in a blanket, cozy and warm, wrapped in his own bed and the loving arms of his family. 

The Daily News reports on the jubilant reunion:

POSTED: Friday, April 15, 2011, 8:59 AM

A Monroe County man was found guilty on ten counts of animal cruelty two months after neighbors discovered seven starving German Shepherds and the bodies of three others in an unoccupied building near Hazleton.

Calling the case "appalling" a judge on Thursday orderd the dogs' owner Pete Zervas to pay a $5,000 fine and have no conact with animals for three years.

Three of the dogs, believed to have been between 4 and 6 months old, were found dead, while the others were emaciated.

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Amy Worden is a politics and government reporter for the Inquirer. In that capacity she has explored a range of animal issues from dog kennel law improvements and horse slaughter to the comeback of peregrine falcons and pigeon hunts. From hamsters to horses, animals have always been part of her life. To pass along a tip or contact Amy, click here. Reach Amy at

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