Dead animals found in suspected satanic ritual in Texas

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The bodies of a number of dead animals found dumped by the side of a ride in El Paso, Texas, are suspected to have been part of a satanic ritual.

About 15 animals were found dead, cut-up and decapitated, close to an intersection in the northeast of the city on Sunday.

Animal-cruelty investigators are working the case, after a resident of El Paso alerted authorities to the finding.

Captain Ray Spears, of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD), told news channel KVIA: “It did not look like the portions for eating were removed from the goats. The bodies

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UK recognizes animals as sentient beings

While anybody who’s ever had a pet knows that animals are sentient beings, the U.K. government is legally recognizing animal sentience for the first time. The new laws are a victory for animals and the people who care about them. Legislation will offer many new protections for furry, finned and feathered U.K. residents.

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“We have long been calling for UK legislation that recognises animals as sentient beings and for sentience to be given due regard when formulating and implementing policy,” said James West, senior policy manager at Compassion in World Farming, as reported by

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“Put the baby bunny back.” Why you shouldn’t approach baby animals

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Springtime is the busiest time of the year for Raven Ridge Wildlife Center.

“Everything is having babies,” says Tracie Young, the center’s rehabber. But this year is shaping up to be a bit unusual.

“We are just booming with baby foxes. Last year it was skunks, this year it was foxes. We have eight foxes here right now, we have about ten baby great-horned owls.”

Why so many foxes and owls is anybody’s guess. If Tracie tends to use the word “about” when talking numbers, it’s because the critter count

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Woman faces 12 counts of animal cruelty after dog found emaciated

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A woman faces 12 counts of animal cruelty after officials say more than a dozen animals in her care were found living in “deplorable conditions” nearly a month ago. 

Phoenix police last month responded to a report of animal neglect at a home near Van Buren and 40th streets, said Phoenix police spokesperson Sgt. Maggie Cox. Police on April 19 had probable cause to arrest Rachel Ussery-Welch on suspicion of 12 counts of animal cruelty, Cox said.

Details about the events leading to Ussery-Welch’s arrest were not immediately available since she was not in the Maricopa County Superior Court’s system

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In China, Deaths of Mail-Order Pets in Mystery Boxes Set Off a Backlash

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HONG KONG — The mystery pet boxes are listed on e-commerce platforms in China as a bargain, priced at little more than a few dollars, and they often contain cuddly animals ready to be mailed straight to your doorstep.

The recipients of the pet “blind boxes” typically don’t know exactly what’s inside — other than that it’s a puppy, a kitten, a hamster or an unhatched turtle egg. Though the unauthorized transport of live animals across the country is illegal, that has not stopped vendors from openly holding cheap sales and promising fast deliveries. The practice has become increasingly popular.

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