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Ex-Colorado veterinary regulator accused of animal cruelty

A former member of the board that regulates Colorado’s veterinarians faces animal cruelty allegations after authorities said pet birds were found living in bad conditions in her suburban Denver home. Ellen Kessler, 72, was issued a summons to appear in court May 23 to answer to 13 misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty after a visitor […]

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Feinstein wants probe into how many wild horses end up in slaughterhouses as Western drought forces roundups

By Scott Sonner, The Associated Press RENO, Nev. — Sen. Dianne Feinstein is calling on federal land managers to conduct an investigation to determine how many of the wild horses captured on public lands in the U.S. West end up at slaughterhouses. The California Democrat also wants the federal Bureau of Land Management to reevaluate […]

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Colorado Supreme Court rejects animal cruelty ballot measure strongly opposed by farmers, ranchers

The Colorado Supreme Court on Monday rejected a proposed 2022 ballot question on animal cruelty, saying the measure seeking to define common ranching and farming practices as sex acts violates a clause in the state constitution.  The court specifically ruled that Initiative 16 violates the Colorado constitution’s single-subject requirement, which says a ballot question or […]

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Animal cruelty initiative aggravates Colorado ranchers fresh off MeatOut Day controversy

Coloradans who participated in the great, governor-inspired meat battle of 2021 either tore into a juicy steak Saturday or opted for a vegan burger and a side of veggies.  But last weekend’s fight, prompted by Gov. Jared Polis’ proclamation of MeatOut Day, was nothing compared to a brewing battle over what ranchers are calling the […]

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Opinion: It’s time to ban wildlife killing contests in Colorado

The photographs are disarming: dozens of coyotes, their fur smeared with blood, strewn across the ground while grown men and sometimes children stand over them, proudly grinning from ear to ear. This is a familiar scene at wildlife killing contests, a little-known bloodsport rarely glimpsed by the general public. During these events, participants kill the […]

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Opinion: Closing down puppy mills isn’t a “radical animal rights” move — it’s all about decency

On Saturday, Sept. 21, I woke up to a news release titled “On Puppy Mill Awareness Day, Rep. Duran & First Gentleman Reis Draw Attention to the Need to Protect Our Canine Friends.”  They focused on the utterly reprehensible inhumane conditions at puppy mills in Colorado and across the United States. The timing for the […]

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Opinion: The mass killing of Denver’s geese is cause for concern and outrage

Denverites love dogs and cats like family. There is also a growing interest in protecting wildlife across our beautiful state.  Increasingly, more and more people recognize that companion animals and wildlife are individuals and not merely undifferentiated and anonymous beings lacking emotional lives.  They form meaningful social relationships and feel a whole host of emotions including […]