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In focus on our rundown today: President Trump says he’ll “renegotiate” NAFTA rather than pull out; Texas groups oppose Congress’ second try at a health care bill; and wildlife takes over a Florida school.

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Public News Service - MA: Animal Welfare

Question 3 on Massachusetts' November ballot would prohibit cruel confinement of farm animals. (HSUS)

BOSTON -- When Commonwealth voters cast their ballots in November, one box they may check will for Question 3: a measure to prohibit cruelty in the confinement of farm animals. There are currently no rules for the confinement of farm animals in Massachusetts, said Paul Shapiro, vice president of f

The Atlantic puffin is one of many species that are expected to benefit from President Obama's designation of the first-ever marine national monument in the North Atlantic. (Richard Bartz via wikimedia)

CAPE COD, Mass. - With the stroke of a pen, President Obama has designated a new national monument off the coast of Cape Cod. It is the first-ever marine national monument designated in the North Atlantic, according to Peter Baker, director of U.S. Ocean Conservation in the Northeast for the Pew Cha

Action by the National Marie Fisheries Service will expand protected waters in the North Atlantic for the right whale, which is more endangered than Siberian tigers or pandas. (NMFS/NOAA)

BOSTON - Wildlife protection advocates are calling it a lifeline that will protect the most endangered whales on earth, off the coast of New England and beyond. The National Marine Fisheries Service is extending the boundaries in the North Atlantic for the critically endangered right whale by appro

A new report ranks the Commonwealth in the top 10 states for both the strength and scope of its animal-protection laws. (Pixabay)

BOSTON – Massachusetts scores in the top 10 for animals in a new report that ranks protection laws in all 50 states. The report from the Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) compares the overall strength and comprehensiveness of each state's animal protection laws, and finds that the Commonwealt

Supporters are gathering petitions for a 2016 ballot initiative to curb farm animal confinement in Massachusetts. Courtesy: Humane Society of the United States.

BOSTON - People who are concerned about animal cruelty are hitting the streets gathering support for a 2016 Ballot Initiative to curb farm animal confinement in Massachusetts. Rob Halpin, director of public relations with MSPCA-Angell, says the majority of people, in the Commonwealth and the natio

U.S. cosmetic companies, once cruelty free, are testing on animals in China in order to sell products there - unbeknownst to many U.S. consumers. <br />Credit: PETA

BOSTON – It's World Week for Animals in Laboratories – a time to remember the millions of animals in Massachusetts and around the world that are experimented on for a variety of reasons. Monkeys, mice and rabbits are a few of the animals used for testing medical, chemical, cosmetic and

PHOTO: Hundreds of marine mammals are stranded on beaches in Massachusetts and around the country, and groups are asking Congress to restore critical funding to rescue them. Photo credit: © J. Cumes/Int'l. Fund for Animal Welfare

YARMOUTH PORT, Mass. – Hundreds of dolphins, seals and whales are stranded on beaches in the Bay State every year, but dwindling government support is making the job to save them extremely difficult for rescuers and scientists. Katie Moore is a marine mammal rescuer and scientist for the Inte

PHOTO: Ruth and Emily, elephants at New Bedford’s Buttonwood Park Zoo in this 2006 photo, are at the center of continuing claims of abuse leveled by an animal-rights organization. Photo credit: LGagnon/Wikimedia Commons

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. - A New Bedford zoo is again denying claims it abuses its elephants. The Buttonwood Park Zoo is, for the fifth year, on an annual list put out by the animal-rights group In Defense of Animals, or IDA. The group says the zoo is the fourth-worst in North America in its treatment of

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