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Philly Dawg bids farewell

I launched this blog in January 2009, only a few months after Gov. Rendell signed into law legislation creating the toughest laws in the nation governing commercial dog breeding kennels - widely known as "puppy mills." The bill signing did not come without a fight. The battle waged between dog...

Aramark to go 'cage-free' by 2020

One of the nation's largest food service companies is going totally cage free. Philadelphia-based Aramark said late Thursday it will phase out the use of liquid (or pre-cracked) eggs from suppliers that use battery cages by 2020. The company is poised to complete its transition for purchases 20...

Aramark to go 'cage-free' by 2020

One of the nation's largest food service companies is going totally cage free. Philadelphia-based Aramark said late Thursday it will phase out the use of liquid (or pre-cracked) eggs from suppliers that use battery cages by 2020. The company is poised to complete its transition for purchases 20 million pounds of shelled eggs from cage free producers by the end of the year.

Ringling Brothers to retire elephants

Elephants soon will no longer star in "The Greatest Show on Earth." Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey circus, whose treatment of endagered Asian elephants has been the target of protests and investigations by animal welfare groups, said after 145 years it would phase out elephants by 2018 and focus...

Ringling Brothers to retire elephants

Elephants soon will no longer star in "The Greatest Show on Earth." Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey circus, whose treatment of endagered Asian elephants has been the target of protests and investigations by animal welfare groups, said after 145 years it would phase out elephants by 2018 and focus on their conservation.

Animal enthusiasts to flock to Farm Show for pet, horse expos

With record low temperatures and weekly wallops of snow and ice, animals and their people are going a bit stir crazy right now. Enough of frozen water troughs and slippery footing. Don't we all have dreams of spring? While gardeners gather at the Philadelphia Flower Show to get their bloom on,...

Animal enthusiasts to flock to Farm Show for pet, horse expos

With record low temperatures and weekly wallops of snow and ice, animals and their people are going a bit stir crazy right now. Enough of frozen water troughs and slippery footing. Don't we all have dreams of spring? While gardeners gather at the Philadelphia Flower Show to get their bloom on, horse enthusiasts in the region will be heading to Harrisburg next weekend for the 13th annual Pennsylvania Horse World Expo.
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