Animals/Wildlife

1:44am

Tue April 8, 2014
Shots - Health News

How Mouse Studies Lead Medical Research Down Dead Ends

Originally published on Wed April 9, 2014 6:59 am

I'm not trying to lead you astray. It's just that scientists are not skeptical enough about their mouse studies.
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Most experimental drugs fail before they make it through all the tests required to figure out if they actually work and if they're safe. But some drugs get fairly far down that road, at the cost of hundreds of millions of dollars, based on poorly conducted studies at the outset.

Medical researchers reviewing this sorry state of affairs say the drug-development process needs serious improvement.

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11:49am

Sun April 6, 2014
Around the Nation

As Man Faces Off With Nature More Often, U.S. Agency Scrutinized

The mission of the Agriculture Department's Wildlife Service is to mitigate conflict between humans and wildlife. But critics say some of its activities are cruel to animals and that it should be more transparent.

The USDA's inspector general is conducting an audit of the agency. Results are expected later this year.

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1:28pm

Wed April 2, 2014
The Salt

Should We Close Part Of The Ocean To Keep Fish On The Plate?

Originally published on Wed April 2, 2014 3:55 pm

A tuna fishing boat drags a cage of nets on the Mediterranean sea in 2010. (The Mediterranean is not considered to be part of the "high seas.")
Andreas Solaro AFP/Getty Images

For lovers of fatty tuna belly, canned albacore and swordfish kebabs, here's a question: Would you be willing to give them up for several years so that you could eat them perhaps for the rest of your life?

If a new proposal to ban fishing on the open ocean were to fly, that's essentially what we might be faced with. It's an idea that might help restore the populations of several rapidly disappearing fish – like tuna, swordfish and marlin — that we, and future generations, might like to continue to have as a food source.

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5:00am

Tue April 1, 2014
April Fools

Scratch That: One Cat's Struggle With Internet Stardom

Originally published on Tue April 1, 2014 9:08 am

No matter what the market's doing, a certain breed of entrepreneur tends to come out on top — or should we say, breeds? Domestic short hair, Persian, Siamese — if you have the right breed of cat, or at least one with a certain look, you may be feeding kitty treats to a potential gold mine.

Luckily, there's a road map to feline stardom — published Tuesday, it's called How to Make Your Cat an Internet Celebrity: A Guide to Financial Freedom.

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10:12am

Thu March 27, 2014
The Salt

Can The Meat Industry Help Protect Wildlife? Some Say Yes

Originally published on Thu March 27, 2014 1:15 pm

Fox Ranch, outside Yuma County, Colo., is a 14,000-acre nature preserve and working cattle ranch owned by The Nature Conservancy. The ranch is an experiment in planned grazing, which aims to improve soil health and help ranchers' bottom lines.
Luke Runyon Harvest Public Media

Last week we reported on a new campaign from the Center for Biological Diversity that hopes to persuade Americans to cut back on their meat consumption. Their pitch? Eat less meat and you will help save wildlife.

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