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Tennessee governor vetoes ‘ag-gag’ bill that targeted animal rights activists

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam (R) on Monday announced he would veto controversial legislation that would have made it harder to expose animal abuse. “Our office has spent a great deal of time considering this legislation,” he said in a statement. “We’ve had a lot of input from people on all…

Congress considers law that would ban use of elephants in circuses

US circuses are circling the wagons against a proposed law in Congress that would ban using elephants under the big top, a tradition that animal rights activists say causes terrible suffering. The bill, introduced this month in the House of Representatives by Virginia Congressman Jim Moran, aims directly at traveling…

U.S. zoos step up elephant safety rules

WASHINGTON — The US zoo association has issued tougher safety guidelines on elephants that include a requirement for all institutions to provide barriers that separate handlers from the animals. The guidelines, believed to be among the most stringent in the world, won praise from animal rights activists, although the zoo…

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