New York state crushes ivory stockpiles in Central Park as an act of theater to rally the world against the ivory trade

By on August 3, 2017 with 1 Comment
New York state crushes ivory stockpiles in Central Park as an act of theater to rally the world against the ivory trade

With the federal government taking active and intentional steps inimical to animal protection and conservation — launching an assault on native predators, looking to roll back federal protections of national monuments, and distancing our nation from the active global fight against climate change — some of the biggest states are taking on the mantle of . . . 

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Illegal horse soring operators get shut down with their attacks on animal groups in the courts

By on August 2, 2017 with 5 Comments
Illegal horse soring operators get shut down with their attacks on animal groups in the courts

Horse soring – a practice where unethical and remorseless trainers intentionally injure the front feet and legs of horses by mechanical or chemical means to exaggerate the animals’ gait in order to win ribbons in the show ring – is one of the most disgraceful forms of organized cruelty practiced in a highly organized way . . . 

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Breaking news: Federal appeals court rules to maintain protections for Great Lakes wolves

By on August 1, 2017 with 10 Comments
Breaking news: Federal appeals court rules to maintain protections for Great Lakes wolves

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia has sided with The HSUS and other animal welfare groups and ruled that federal protections for wolves under the Endangered Species Act should be maintained for 4,000 or so wolves inhabiting the northern reaches of the boreal forests of Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan. This was . . . 

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The HSUS reports that bald eagles can’t soar with lead weighing them down

By on July 31, 2017 with 6 Comments
The HSUS reports that bald eagles can’t soar with lead weighing them down

Iconic symbols of the United States and also one of the first animals to be protected under the Endangered Species Act, bald eagles are dying in alarming numbers, according to an HSUS survey of news reports. The analysis reveals that lead poisoning has afflicted more than 70 bald eagles in the last year. These, of . . . 

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Great Danes recuperating, NH political leaders rallying to strengthen laws

By on July 28, 2017 with 3 Comments
Great Danes recuperating, NH political leaders rallying to strengthen laws

Last month, I wrote about a startling rescue The HSUS carried out with law enforcement officials in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire. Eighty-four Great Danes had been living in a suspected puppy mill being run out of a mansion that looked grand on the outside but was rotten on the inside. The situation had deteriorated so badly . . . 

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U.S. House votes to end VA’s painful experiments on dogs

By on July 27, 2017 with 4 Comments
U.S. House votes to end VA’s painful experiments on dogs

Yesterday, I called on you to take action to support a bipartisan amendment to a defense spending bill to halt federal funding of painful experiments on dogs at Veterans Affairs (VA) facilities for the upcoming fiscal year. So many of you responded, and Congress listened. The House passed the amendment last night by voice vote. . . . 

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U.S. House could vote today to ban VA’s invasive, painful experiments on dogs

By on July 26, 2017 with 9 Comments
U.S. House could vote today to ban VA’s invasive, painful experiments on dogs

Puppies and adult dogs are subjected to botched surgeries, induced heart attacks, and other invasive procedures, and then euthanized, as part of experiments carried out at Veterans Affairs (VA) hospitals – and you and other American taxpayers are funding it. This disturbing fact was recently uncovered at the McGuire Medical Center VA hospital in Richmond, . . . 

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HSUS undercover investigator documents sickness, mistreatment of puppies at New York City pet store

By on July 25, 2017 with 27 Comments
HSUS undercover investigator documents sickness, mistreatment of puppies at New York City pet store

A French bulldog puppy shed a quarter of her body weight – transforming a lean, four-pound dog to an emaciated three pounder. Two Pomeranians had a hard time seeing a thing after conjunctivitis caused their eyes to be swollen shut. An English bulldog had pneumonia so severe that the animal was struggling to breathe. A . . . 

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Zinke’s Department of the Interior mounting unprecedented attack on wildlife

By on July 24, 2017 with 31 Comments
Zinke’s Department of the Interior mounting unprecedented attack on wildlife

The Department of the Interior, under Secretary Ryan Zinke, isn’t mincing words or hedging its political bets. At least not so far. Last week, its leaders signaled that the department may dismantle a rule to restrict ruthless predator killing practices on some 20 million acres of National Park Service lands in Alaska. In his proposed . . . 

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Trophy hunter slays son of Cecil

By on July 21, 2017 with 3 Comments
Trophy hunter slays son of Cecil

This week, Vietnam agreed to the rescue and relocation of 1,000 bears who live on bear farms. These Asiatic sun bears are held in deplorable settings and “milked” in extraordinarily inhumane ways for their bile (used in tonics and in traditional Chinese medicine). The shut-down of this industry is a big moment in the global . . . 

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