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PNS Daily Newscast - March 30, 2017 


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Public News Service - VA: Animal Welfare

The shad, an iconic fish in Virginia, has been denied saltwater protections. (Shermon Foote Denton)

RICHMOND, Va. -- Fishery regulators have refused to put ocean catch limits on shad and river herring, drawing criticism from recreational fishermen and conservationists in Virginia and across the nation. The iconic fish now are under badly needed protections for the parts of their lives they spend

PHOTO: Virginia's beach tourism industry groups are opposing plans to open up the Atlantic coast to offshore drilling. Photo by Krystle Chick and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.

RICHMOND, Va. - Virginia's beach tourism industry is unifying against offshore drilling in the Atlantic. The state's beach resort, restaurant, hotel and tourism trade groups have issued statements against expanded drilling, something the oil industry is pressing for in Washington. According to co

PHOTO: U.S. wildlife agencies and animal rights groups are working to help prevent poaching half a world away. As the African elephant population dwindles, the U.S. plans to strengthen its ban on importing and purchasing ivory. Photo credit: Copyright K. Branon/IFAW; used with permission.

RICHMOND, Va. – Close to 35,000 African elephants are killed every year for their tusks, according to some estimates, and U.S. wildlife experts are ringing the alarm bells in hopes the world will listen. Peter LaFontaine, campaign officer for the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW)

PHOTO: It may look like fun, but such close proximity to exotic animals invites trouble, according to an undercover investigation of Virginia's Natural Bridge Zoo. In addition to human safety issues, investigators say they found evidence of animal neglect and abuse. Photo courtesy Humane Society of the United States.

NATURAL BRIDGE, Va. - Abuse, neglect and unsanitary conditions are just a few of the terms used to describe the scene at a roadside zoo in Natural Bridge. The Humane Society of the United States says it conducted an undercover investigation at Natural Bridge Zoo, which displays exotic animals - pri

PHOTO Rep. Jim Moran is co-chair of the Animal Welfare Caucus, and says the testing of cosmetics on animals is no longer needed. Photo courtesy of Rep. Jim Moran.

RICHMOND, Va. - The time has come to ban animal testing for cosmetics, according to a northern Virginia Congressman. Rep. Jim Moran is sponsoring the Humane Cosmetics Act, which would phase out animal testing for U.S.-made cosmetics within a year, and imported cosmetics within three years. Moran s

PHOTO: A report released today by the National Wildlife Federation outlines how young critters, such as sea turtles in Virginia, are facing new challenges because of climate change. Photo credit: NOAA

RICHMOND, Va. - Spring means baby season for wildlife. A report released today by the National Wildlife Federation outlines how young critters are facing new challenges because of climate change. Chelsea Harnish, climate and energy manager at the Virginia Conservation Network, said brook trout fing

PHOTO: Last-chance pets are finding forever homes with our nation's heroes, with the help of some match-making. Courtesy of PetsForPatriots.org

RICHMOND, Va. - Last-chance pets are finding forever homes with our nation's heroes, with the help of some match-making. A nonprofit organization, Pets for Patriots, works with U.S. military veterans in Virginia and several other states to help them find, afford and adopt last-chance dogs and cats f

PHOTO: Pasture-raised hens get 2.5 acres per 1,000 hens to roam and feed, according to guidelines developed by the Virginia-based group Humane Farm Animal Care. Photo courtesy HFAC.

HERNDON, Va. – Free range or pasture raised – there are many such terms for eggs sold in grocery stores, and it's hard to decide what they really mean. But if there's a Certified Humane label on the carton, buyers can be assured it means what it says. That's because of a nonprofit or

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