Animals

Last year 4 million people visited SeaWorld's theme parks, where the top shows feature orcas, also known as killer whales. For years, activists have charged that keeping orcas in captivity is harmful to the animals and risky for the trainers who work with them, a case that gained urgency in 2010 when Dawn Brancheau, a veteran orca trainer, was dragged into the water and killed by a whale at the SeaWorld Park in Orlando, Fla. When Brancheau died, there was some dispute as to whether the whale's intent was aggressive and whose fault the incident was.

AMARILLO, Texas — Officials are investigating how 1,121 cattle went missing from a dairy facility in the northeast Texas Panhandle.

The Amarillo Globe-News reports the steer calves were discovered missing during an annual inventory by Braum’s Dairy.

It's been 20 years since San Francisco helped start a revolution: It became the first U.S. community to guarantee a home to every adoptable dog and cat.

Since then, the no-kill movement, as it's called, has been credited with greatly reducing the number of dogs and cats that are euthanized, from some 20 million down to about 3 million each year.

Plagued by controversy and sharp drops in attendance and stock prices, SeaWorld has announced that CEO Jim Atchison will step aside.

U-T San Diego reports that the amusement park also plans on cutting an unspecified number of jobs. Atchison, according to the newspaper, will receive a $2.4 million payout and become vice chairman of the board.

Chairman David F. D'Alessandro will take on the job of chief executive officer while a permanent replacement is sought.

Joey Palacios / Texas Public Radio

The Animal Defense League of Texas and the City’s Animal Care Services Department have entered into a new multimillion-dollar partnership to prevent dogs from being euthanized. 

The ADL now has three new buildings to take in dogs from the ACS — one for puppies, and two for adult dogs. The city’s 2012 bond program allowed for $2 million toward the construction of these kennels.

ACS Director Kathy Davis said it would allow thousands of dogs to be saved. “We are so close to no kill that we think that this is final jewel in the crown, which will launch us to that level.”

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