More states say ‘yes’ to breaking into cars when a dog is at risk

By on June 20, 2017 with 6 Comments
More states say ‘yes’ to breaking into cars when a dog is at risk

Yesterday, I wrote about Chinese authorities stopping a truck jam-packed with 800-plus dogs bound for slaughter. Today, I read a story about a truck with nearly 1,000 small animals crammed inside — including birds, chickens, bunnies, and guinea pigs – and left in the searing heat in Fresno County, California. The temperature inside the truck . . . 

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Authorities seize truck with more than 800 dogs, jam-packed in cages, bound for slaughter

By on June 19, 2017 with 23 Comments
Authorities seize truck with more than 800 dogs, jam-packed in cages, bound for slaughter

Working on a tip from activists (including Humane Society International partner groups) just two days before the “official” start of the dog meat “festival” in Yulin, authorities have seized a truck transporting more than 800 dogs to a dog meat market. After 10 hours of negotiation, the dogs were handed over to the activists. At . . . 

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Breaking news: The HSUS intervenes to stop outsized cruelty at a puppy mill in New Hampshire

By on June 17, 2017 with 139 Comments
Breaking news: The HSUS intervenes to stop outsized cruelty at a puppy mill in New Hampshire

Yesterday, The HSUS assisted the Wolfeboro Police Department with a puppy mill intervention not on a farm in Arkansas or a shack in North Carolina (two states where we’ve done major actions to help dogs), but rather in a mansion in northern New England. It is one of the most unexpected puppy mill operations our . . . 

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BLM plotting war on wild horses

By on June 15, 2017 with 60 Comments
BLM plotting war on wild horses

The Department of the Interior, under the leadership of Secretary Ryan Zinke, has signaled its intention to strip decades-old federal protections for wild horses and burros and to allow them to be shipped to slaughter by the tens of thousands. Public comments and Congressional testimony from Zinke and other high-ranking government officials represents the most . . . 

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Department of Commerce move to nix protections for whales, dolphins, turtles makes no sense

By on June 14, 2017 with 5 Comments
Department of Commerce move to nix protections for whales, dolphins, turtles makes no sense

On Monday, the Trump administration announced that it was cancelling plans that would have protected whales, dolphins, and endangered sea turtles from high levels of drowning deaths in drift gillnets set off the California coast. The most puzzling thing about this announcement is that the fishery itself had supported the plan. It’s yet one more . . . 

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New signs of hope and despair on dog and cat meat trade in China, with Yulin festival looming

By on June 13, 2017 with 47 Comments
New signs of hope and despair on dog and cat meat trade in China, with Yulin festival looming

This week, Chinese citizens recoiled after learning the story of a man who had baited 500 stray and owned cats with sparrows and other caged birds, captured them, crowded the poor animals into small cages, and made arrangements to sell them to restaurants for human consumption. Authorities discovered a cache of cats in the back . . . 

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Combating climate change by thinking about diet

By on June 12, 2017 with 3 Comments
Combating climate change by thinking about diet

There have been plenty of headlines about the United States pulling away from the Paris agreement on climate change. But even among individuals, institutions, and nations deeply committed to the cause of minimizing the human impact on climate, there is still too little attention to the role of agriculture. Despite being one of the biggest . . . 

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States on the attack against black bears, grizzly bears

By on June 9, 2017 with 3 Comments
States on the attack against black bears, grizzly bears

Throughout the country, humans are crossing paths with bears, and in almost every case, the bears end up on the losing side. This week, near the top of Togwotee Pass in Wyoming, a photographer snapped a picture of a grizzly bear with a Conibear-style furbearer trap clamped over one paw. Conibear traps are the biggest . . . 

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Some British politicians threaten to make foxhunting legal again

By on June 8, 2017 with 1 Comment
Some British politicians threaten to make foxhunting legal again

Election update: Prime Minister Theresa May’s plans to overturn the U.K.’s ban on hound hunting of foxes is almost certainly dead in the water, with the Tories losing their majority in Parliament and requiring a partnership with one or more of the smaller parties to retain control of the government. The Labour Party, which is . . . 

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Key federal lawmakers agree that U.S. should stop lagging on banning animal testing for cosmetics

By on June 7, 2017 with 1 Comment
Key federal lawmakers agree that U.S. should stop lagging on banning animal testing for cosmetics

We are in the midst of a global revolution to end the use of animals in cosmetics testing. In recent months, key countries have either banned this unnecessary and inhumane practice, or put in motion plans to do the same. More than a fourth of the world’s population already shops in markets cleansed of animal-tested . . . 

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