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PNS Daily News - May 22, 2017 


Today’s news highlights several issues: a new era in U.S. – Arab relations? The Catholic church commits to major fossil fuel divestment before G-7 meetings. And some farmers are accused of using immigration threats to discourage legal claims.

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Public News Service - ID: Animal Welfare

A number of undercover investigations have revealed cruel conditions for cows on dairy farms. (Scott Olson/GettyImages)

BOISE, Idaho – The state of Idaho is appealing a court decision that struck down its so-called ag-gag law, which was passed to punish food safety and animal rights activists who secretly film and reveal conditions for animals at agricultural facilities. Oral arguments on the law, which was r

A federal judge struck down Idaho's ag-gag law, which cracks down on whistleblowers who reveal conditions for animals at agricultural facilities. (Stephane Mignon/Flickr)

BOISE, Idaho -- When a district court threw out Idaho's "ag-gag" law, the state appealed the ruling - and that case is still in court. Oral arguments in the federal appeals case are expected in April over the Idaho law that makes it illegal for food-safety and animal-rights activists to gain emplo

Conservation and fishing groups say four dams on the lower Snake River keep many migrating salmon from getting to Idaho. (Bureau of Land Management)

LEWISTON, Idaho - A "Free the Snake Flotilla" is floating the Snake River on Saturday, calling for the removal of four dams on the lower Snake to help improve salmon and steelhead habitat. The second annual event includes members of the Nez Perce Tribe, sport fishermen, biologists, and others who be

A screenshot from a video made at the Bettencourt Dairy in Hansen, which sparked Idaho's ag-gag law. (Mercy for Animals)

BOISE, Idaho – An Idaho law that discourages undercover investigations at large-scale livestock farms is headed for a showdown in federal court, in a case that could have implications across the West. Last summer, a district court struck down Idaho's so-called "ag-gag" law. The state appealed

Cows in Bettencourt Dairy, the case that sparked Idaho's

BOISE, Idaho - Animal-welfare groups are slamming Idaho's attempt to revive the state's Agricultural Security Act, which critics call an "ag-gag" law. The state is appealing a federal judge's decision in August to invalidate the law, which made it illegal to secretly film animal abuse on farms. The

PHOTO: The Idaho Conservation League is exploring ways to protect pets and non-target species getting caught in traps. Trapping has become more popular in Idaho because of demand for fur from Asia, with bobcat pelts bringing around $400. Photo courtesy U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

BOISE, Idaho - The fur business is good in Idaho. The number of licenses issued for trapping fur-bearing animals has doubled in five years, according to Idaho Fish and Game. But those traps have also caught dogs and even threatened species. The Idaho Fish and Game Commission has required a new mand

PHOTO: Native American tribal members and volunteers have been walking from Portland, Ore., to Idaho to show support for wolves as part of their cultural heritage and a healthy ecosystem. Photo provided by Mato Woksape

BOISE, Idaho - They call themselves 'wolf walkers.' Native Americans and volunteers left Portland, Oregon, on foot earlier this month, headed for Idaho to show support for wolves. Mato Woksape, a Lakota, organized the walk. He says they are praying for wolves and restoration of healthy ecosystems al

PHOTO: A panel discussion on Idaho's so-called 'ag-gag' law is planned for today at the Idaho State Bar classroom in Boise. The law is being challenged in federal court on constitutional-rights grounds. Photo credit: Deborah C. Smith.

BOISE, Idaho - Idaho's so-called "ag-gag" law is up for discussion Thursday. The law was already controversial when it was being considered by lawmakers in the Idaho statehouse, with supporters saying it was needed to prevent animal rights activists from staging video that would lead to false accus

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