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Ringling circus settles USDA charges on animal care

The owner of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus has agreed to pay a $270,000 fine to settle charges it violated federal animal welfare laws.Full story

Calif animal welfare laws evolve, face challenge

The U.S. Supreme Court seems poised to strike down California's 2009 ban on slaughtering sick animals for food, but 30 more new laws will still be on the state's books protecting animals. Full story

Animal welfare pact would double space for U.S. hens

U.S. egg farmers would give hens twice as much space as they now have under an agreement with an animal welfare group on Thursday that would be written into federal law and end years of state-by-state battles. Full story

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  Outrage after soccer player kicks owl in Colombia

Fans and animal welfare groups are outraged and calling for sanctions against Luis Moreno, a Deportivo Pereira player who kicked an owl on the playing field during a game in Colombia. Editor's warning; this video may be disturbing to some viewers.

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