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The struggling theme park chain SeaWorld announced plans today to enlarge and improve the killer whale tanks at three of its parks.

The renovations will begin at the San Diego SeaWorld in 2015, where the total water volume in the killer whale environment will double to 10 million gallons and include a “fast water current” for the whales to swim against.

During New York City's mayoral race last year, then-candidate Bill de Blasio promised to fix big-picture problems, like income inequality and universal pre-K.

So he raised some collective eyebrows when he announced what one of his first initiatives as mayor would be:

"We are going to quickly and aggressively move to make horse carriages no longer a part of the landscape in New York City," he said. "They're not humane; they're not appropriate to the year 2014; it's over."

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Tyson Foods says it's ending a contract with a centra Oklahoma farm after an animal rights group says it videotaped workers at the farm abusing hogs.

Mercy For Animals distributed images of workers striking pigs and slamming piglets onto a concrete floor. In one portion of the tape, a worker is shown throwing a bowling ball at a pig, striking it in the head.

The animal rights group and Tyson have identified the farm as West Coast Farms in Henryetta, Okla. Phone calls to the farm have gone unanswered.

Banksy, the mysterious British graffiti artist known for his satirical work, has been making mischief around New York City this month.

His latest artwork makes a statement about the meat industry, or lost innocence — or something like that. In any case, it'll certainly make you stop and look.

Tulsa Zoo

The Tulsa Zoo has had to put down a 21-year-old giraffe who had a broken bone in his right, front foot.

Zoo officials said Sunday that Samburu, also known as Sam, died on Saturday. He was born at the zoo in 1992.

The zoo says Sam lived longer than average for a male giraffe cared for by humans. He suffered from osteoarthritis.

Obama Budget Moves to Block Horse Meat Processing

Apr 11, 2013

While a new Oklahoma law would allow a horse slaughter facility in the state, the new budget proposed by the White House would not spend any money on inspecting the facilities.

Pro-Horse Processing Groups Meeting Today

Mar 13, 2013
Close up of the eye of a horse.
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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Supporters of legislation that would allow for a horse slaughtering plant in Oklahomaplan to rally at the state Capitol.

The Oklahoma Farm Bureau is slated to hold the event Wednesday morning at the state Capitol to support bills that would pave the way for a horse slaughtering facility in the state.

The Oklahoma Quarter Horse Racing Association has also issued a statement saying it supports the "concept of the slaughter of horses in Oklahoma."

Anti-Horse Slaughter Groups Lobby Lawmakers

Mar 7, 2013
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 A legislative plan to pave the way for a horse slaughtering facility in Oklahoma is drawing fierce opposition from animal  rights groups.

Several animal protection groups plan to rally at the state Capitol Thursday for "Humane Lobby Day" and urge legislators to oppose the bill to allow horse  slaughtering in the state.