Jail sought for folks at dogfight
Watch a dogfight or cockfight, go to jail. A provision of a Senate-approved farm bill would impose a sentence of up to one year in jail and a $100,000 fine for attending a cockfight or dogfight and a maximum of three years in jail and a $250,000 fine for bringing along a child. A similar measure is pending in the House. Proponents say the measure will help authorities crack down on illegal animal fights by targeting what Wayne Pacelle, president and chief executive of the Humane Society of the United States, called "the entire cast of characters that sustain dogfighting and cockfighting."
Lead poisoning imperils condors
California condors, one of the world's most endangered species, are poisoned by lead from hunters' bullets "at epidemic levels," and will not recover unless more is done to prevent it, according to a study published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. A review of more than 1,150 blood samples taken from wild condors and tested from 1997 to 2010 found that 48 percent of the birds had lead levels so high, they could have died without treatment. Condors — the birds with the largest wingspan in North America — are scavengers. They eat dead deer, pigs and other animals, often that hunters have shot. They ingest bullet fragments and are poisoned.