Washington justices: Animal abuse can be domestic violence

The Washington Supreme Court has unanimously confirmed that animal abuse can constitute domestic violence. The court issued its ruling Thursday in the case of Charmarke Abdi-Issa, who was convicted of animal abuse with a domestic violence designation for savagely beating his girlfriend's dog to death in a Seattle parking lot in 2018. He was sentenced to 18 months in prison — 12 for animal abuse and six more because the attack traumatized a woman who witnessed it. The justices unanimously held that the purpose of the domestic violence designation is to enforce existing criminal statutes in a way that ensures victims are protected.

Oregon Zoo and scientists unveil a new plan to save the polar bears

PORTLAND, Ore. — The Polar Bear Research Council (PBRC), composed of zoo professionals and polar bear researchers, released its 2022 master plan, developed to help protect polar bears through advanced research, according to an Oregon Zoo press release. [caption id="attachment_2415868" align="alignright"…