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TAIPEI - Animal rights group PETA on Monday praised Taiwanese police for raiding a club which organised gambling on pigeon races, claiming that such races kill 1.5 million birds a year on the island. Credit: Associated Press Agents from The Criminal Investigation Bureau last week searched the office of the club in the southern city of Kaohsiung and froze about Tw$120 million ($3.95 million) in assets. Police also detained three employees on charges of violating the animal protection law and illegal gambling. The move came in response to complaints from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) about the pigeon race gambling industry. "Taiwan authorities have shown the world...

WASHINGTON - The animal rights group PETA has increased its reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of a man filmed kicking a squirrel into the Grand Canyon. Credit: Getty Editorial In addition to the $15,000 bounty it offered last month, PETA on Wednesday added a free vacation to the Grand Canyon, including air fare and lodging for two, in its bid to identify the culprit seen in a video that went viral on YouTube. It showed the man luring a squirrel with food to the edge of what appeared to be the Canyon's South Rim, and then with a flick of his foot, flinging the animal into the abyss. The Grand Canyon is a mile (1.6 kilometers) deep and up to 18 miles (29...

MIAMI - US theme park operator SeaWorld said Friday it would build new, giant tanks for its killer whales, whose captivity has caused uproar and hit the company's earnings. Credit: Getty Editorial SeaWorld also pledged $10 million in funds for killer-whale research and announced a multi-million-dollar ocean health partnership, but animal rights groups were quick to savage the initiatives. The Orlando, Florida company, whose shares have hit their lowest point since going public in April 2013, has faced rising criticism since last year's release of the documentary "Blackfish." The film probed the impact of captivity on SeaWorld's orcas and the fatal 2010 attack by one of them, Tilikum, on...

New York City residents were treated to an unusual sight yesterday as a snow-white duck made its way past the turnstile and waddled onto the platform toward the trains. The duck subsequently appeared in an unknown number of blogs and Instagram accounts as delighted commuters took its picture. Perhaps unsurprisingly, though, the duck turned out to be part of a corporate marketing stunt. That wasn't just any duck. It was the Aflac duck. Gothamist ratted out Aflac to PETA, asking the animal-rights organization for their opinion of a company releasing an animal into the subway. PETA told Gothamist that they are contacting Aflac "with concerns about taking a live duck into a busy New York City...

You think any story dealing with "The Hangover" franchise would be a laughing matter, but not in this case. According to Radar Online, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is calling out the film for including scenes of animal cruelty as jokes. The animal rights group believes using scenes of giraffe decapitations and smothered roosters for laughs is unacceptable and insensitive. Additionally, the group is disappointed that directors choose to use real animals in films, since the creatures usually have to undergo...

Do you have a plan for your pet's safety in case of a bad earthquake or hurricane? Even those who do their best to prepare ahead of time may sometimes be caught off guard by a natural disaster. Maybe there's some variable they forget to account for, or some supplies they forget to stock up on. If you're a pet owner, don't let your animal's health and safety be the thing you forgot to consider in case a hurricane, earthquake, tornado, wildfire or other disaster strikes. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) offers tips for protecting your pet before, during and after a disaster. Have an emergency kit readily available. This should include clean water and both wet and dry...