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If you are not already aware, there is a battle brewing that will potentially affect the standards by which our food-production animals are raised. It will also negatively impact people and pets from the the perspective of food and public health. Credit: Thinkstock. The Huffington Post article Amendment To Farm Bill Could Be End To Humane Farming Standards states: "A proposed amendment to the $1 trillion federal farm bill is of concern to both states' [California and Iowa] rights and humane farming advocates as Congress looks to finalize the bill passed in the House earlier this year. "The Protect Interstate Commerce Act, introduced by Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa), would amend the farm bill...

UJUNG KULON - On a leaf-covered dirt path overlooking lush paddy fields in western Indonesia, the world's rarest rhino had left a trail of hoofprints in the soft mud and bite marks on foliage. A Javan rhinoceros in Indonesia. Credit: AP Photo/WWF - National Park Ujung Kulon. For people seeking a glimpse of the Javan rhino -- revered in local folklore as Abah Gede, or the Great Father -- such small signs are likely to be the closest they get. There are thought to be only around 50 of the animals left in existence, all living in the wild in Ujung Kulon National Park, an area of stunning natural beauty on the western tip of Indonesia's main island of Java. But now conservationists are...

An Italian army reservist will stand trial for insubordination after saving a cat's life while serving as a medical officer on a NATO base in Kosovo, the Guardian reported Sunday. NATO soliders in Kosovo in 2011. Credit: Armend Nimani/AFP/Getty Images Lt. Barbara Balanzoni rescued a cat on the military base when the cat was suffering from life-threatening complications during birth. Military personnel called Balanzoni to the infirmary because they were alarmed by the cat's howls. "If the cat had died, the entire area would have had to be disinfected," Balanzoni said. "What is more, the ... kittens could not have been fed. So they too would have died and created an even greater public...

Biologists say that a highly aggressive species of python is threatening to invade South Florida in a major way, adding its numbers to those of the Burmese pythons that already plague the state, the Associated Press reported. African rock python. Credit: Thinkstock. The snakes in question are African rock pythons, which are the largest snakes in Africa, reaching 16 feet in length. Experts describe these pythons as among the most aggressive snakes in the world, willing to eat anything they can manage to swallow. Wildlife officials conducted a survey on Friday to locate some of the pythons in an area of South Florida where several have been seen and captured in recent years. The survey...