More gains in India, including on the trade in exotic animal skins and fur

By on January 9, 2017 with 1 Comment
More gains in India, including on the trade in exotic animal skins and fur

We’ve seen some extraordinary gains in the United States for animals in recent years, but India has more than kept pace, particularly since Humane Society International opened an office there five years ago. Working alongside local groups, our HSI team has just succeeded in persuading authorities to ban the import of the skins of exotic . . . 

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While China cracks down on ivory trade, U.S. House sets up attack on Obama-era rules

By on January 6, 2017 with 2 Comments
While China cracks down on ivory trade, U.S. House sets up attack on Obama-era rules

China announced last week a timetable to shutter the ivory market in the world’s most populous country and the biggest trading post for elephant tusks, which are carved into decorative trinkets, necklaces, bracelets, and other household items and jewelry. The year-long phase-out, expected to be completed by the end of 2017, was a follow-up on . . . 

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An open letter – looking back, and charging ahead in 2017

By on January 5, 2017 with 8 Comments
An open letter – looking back, and charging ahead in 2017

Dear Friends: Let’s start the New Year with thanks. Thanks to all of us. Whatever you did as part of the movement to help animals in the year just past, be proud. It was a challenging year. And so many, many people did so much, providing so much support and encouragement. For some, the compassionate . . . 

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Breaking news: Smithfield will complete transition to group housing for sows by end of 2017

By on January 4, 2017 with 7 Comments
Breaking news: Smithfield will complete transition to group housing for sows by end of 2017

Smithfield Foods, the world’s largest pork producer, has made more progress away from cruel gestation crates. The company announced today that it has converted 87 percent of its sow housing to group housing systems, and will be at 100 percent by the end of 2017. A decade and a half ago, there wasn’t a single . . . 

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Rolling Stone crushes puppy mill trade

By on January 3, 2017 with 37 Comments
<em>Rolling Stone </em>crushes puppy mill trade

Of the entire dizzying array of animal cruelty concerns, there’s not one more top of mind for the American public than puppy mills. It’s a term we’ve all been hearing for decades and we’ve lamented the presence of the industry for at least as long. Yet, amazingly, there’s still so much confusion about puppy mills, . . . 

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Grizzly bear fate likely to rest with Trump Administration

By on December 30, 2016 with 1 Comment
Grizzly bear fate likely to rest with Trump Administration

With just three weeks until the Obama team transfers executive power to the Trump Administration, the current leadership of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is running out of time to remove federal Endangered Species Act protections from the grizzly bear population in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. Yet, with many leaders within the conventional wildlife . . . 

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California, Oregon lead on animal welfare policies, while Mississippi and the Dakotas have the lowest ranks

By on December 29, 2016 with 1 Comment
California, Oregon lead on animal welfare policies, while Mississippi and the Dakotas have the lowest ranks

Each year, The HSUS releases its Humane State rankings based on a wide set of animal welfare policies — covering a total of 93 policy ideas, from protecting farm animals to prohibiting bear and cougar hunting to regulating puppy mills. This year again, California occupies the top spot and handily so. It fortified its outstanding . . . 

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Trump should support reasonable federal regulations, not crony capitalism

By on December 28, 2016 with 2 Comments
Trump should support reasonable federal regulations, not crony capitalism

Yesterday, I got a lift to the Portland (Oregon) airport, took a cross-country flight to National Airport, and jumped in a cab to head home, hugging my dog and scratching my cat’s head for a good long time after walking through the door. Long-distance travel is a matter of routine for many of us now, . . . 

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Gains to limit animal research and testing in 2016

By on December 27, 2016 with 1 Comment
Gains to limit animal research and testing in 2016

At The HSUS and Humane Society International, as part of our commitment to all animals, we put our shoulder into the moral and scientific problems of using animals in research and testing. In doing this work, we follow the framework of the Three Rs – refining, reducing, and replacing the use of animals. That approach . . . 

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Top 10 victories for all animals in 2016

By on December 26, 2016 with 7 Comments
Top 10 victories for all animals in 2016

We’re operating in a time of punctuated change for animals. It hardly means that we’ve been on a glide path to reform. And it doesn’t mean that we haven’t had setbacks or that we don’t have immense challenges ahead. But what it does mean is that The HSUS’s strategic, focused action, brandishing, and using many . . . 

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