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Ron Kagan, who’s run the Detroit Zoo for 28 years, will retire from his role as executive director and CEO of the Detroit Zoological Society this summer. He led the zoo through significant changes, bringing it from an entertainment-based attraction to a conservation-focused, educational destination. Stateside spoke with Kagan about his approach to his work and some of the zoo’s accomplishments under his leadership.

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Today on Stateside, the Humane Society of the U.S. talks about the 36 beagles being used to test toxic chemicals in a West Michigan laboratory, and its efforts to have the dogs released and put up for adoption. Plus, a coming-of-age story that draws inspiration from the music of 1970s Detroit.

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The Humane Society of the United States is pushing for the release of three dozen beagles it says are being force-fed fungicides in a West Michigan laboratory.


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A state House committee has approved a bill to give egg producers more time to convert their facilities to less confining conditions for the chickens.

Sarah Waun testified at the hearing.  She's a Senate policy advisor who appeared on behalf of state Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof.

Waun says restaurants and other buyers have committed to only buy eggs from facilities that allow chickens enough room to move and turn around and spread their wings  - but not until 2025.

Current law requires egg producers to be less confining by 2020.

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A rescue group picked up 10 dogs from Detroit’s city-run animal shelter today, in what it hopes will be the first of many visits.

The dogs walked — in some cases, galloped — out the shelter doors and into the custody of volunteer handlers with the Detroit Dog Rescue.

That non-profit group operates the city’s first no-kill shelter.

Executive Director Kristina Rinaldi says DDR and other animal rescue groups have been pushing for just this kind of access to Detroit's shelter for years.

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Detroit officials announced a major overhaul of the city’s animal control operations Friday.

Animal Control will again become part of the city’s health department. It’s been under police department oversight since 2012.

And the city’s animal shelter will reverse its no-adoption policy, allowing the Michigan Humane Society to help transfer “dozens of dogs a month” to animal rescue and foster groups.

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Veterinarians and diagnostic labs across Michigan now must notify the state if they suspect canine flu or see a positive test for the disease.

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Top officials from the Detroit Zoological Society are headed to Beijing, where they’ll lead a workshop for senior staff from China’s three largest zoos.

CEO Ron Kagan is touring the zoos in Beijing, Shanghai, and Guangzhou to scope out current animal care practices there.

Chief Life Sciences Officer Scott Carter says Kagan will brief the team on his findings in Beijing, so they have a good sense of where the Chinese zoos stand going into the four-day workshop.

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The question of how many stray animals are in Detroit has been talked about ever since Bloomberg News put out this piece with the typical "Detroit is a hellhole" headline:

Abandoned Dogs Roam Detroit in Packs as Humans Dwindle

Chris Christoff reported that the city had "as many as 50,000 stray dogs."

Michigan Radio's Sarah Cwiek reported that other groups said there's no question that the number has been "wildly inflated."

Tom McPhee of the World Animal Awareness Society estimated there were between 1,000 to 3,000 stray dogs in the city.

Now, yet another estimate has been published.