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Is NBC's upcoming Animal Practice
a breakthrough in comedy – or another example of televised animal cruelty? Gavin Polone argues that the series, starring Crystal the monkey
, promotes the inhumane treatment of animals both on and off set. Plus, the misleading portrayal of monkey behavior, he continues, may encourage fans of the show to buy a similar pet. Polone asks viewers not to tune in so "fewer of these intelligent, complex and beautiful creatures will be mistreated."
Queen rocker Brian May is a fan of badgers – and he's taking on Britain's cattle farmers in their name. Although the government approved a plan to kill specified populations of badgers – which are seen as a burden to farmers because they spread bovine tuberculosis – the guitarist is a part of a coalition of animal welfare groups who are working to save the black-and-white creatures.
Would you tote your pooch around in a stroller? Or treat your favorite four-legged friend to some fine dining? Consumers continue to reach deep into their pockets on items like luxury doghouses and ways to memorialize their pets when they die.
Meet Kiara, a baby cub thought to be the world's first liliger. Born in August at the Novosibirsk Zoo in Siberia, her mom, Zita, is a liger (lion-tiger hybrid) and her dad, Sam, is an African lion. Zoo visitors are due to catch a glimpse of the liliger as early as October.
A puppy is back home after getting lost and sold by its owner's neighbors. A western Pennsylvania couple found the puppy Sept. 3 and sold it for $50 instead of returning the dog to the owners; they were charged with conspiracy, not making a reasonable effort to return lost property and making a false report to police.