U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says it’s time to ban lead ammo, fishing tackle on federal lands

By on January 25, 2017 with 5 Comments
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says it’s time to ban lead ammo, fishing tackle on federal lands

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service last week announced a far-reaching, conservation-minded, and science-based action on the eve of the presidential inauguration – establishing a new policy to phase out the use of lead ammunition and fishing tackle by January 2022 on more than 150 million acres of National Wildlife Refuges and other agency lands . . . 

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Bureaucratic bungling, rules freeze endanger horse soring rule

By on January 24, 2017 with 36 Comments
Bureaucratic bungling, rules freeze endanger horse soring rule

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s anti-horse-soring rule – put in motion after a damning 2010 Inspector General’s report identified deficiencies in the execution of the federal law against horse soring – is in peril despite the agency announcing final, favorable action on the issue just days ago. The trigger for the problem was bureaucratic bungling . . . 

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Unilever delivers on cage-free pledge three years ahead of schedule

By on January 23, 2017 with 5 Comments
Unilever delivers on cage-free pledge three years ahead of schedule

Today, Unilever – one of the world’s largest food conglomerates – announced that it has fulfilled its pledge to go exclusively cage-free for eggs in all Hellmann’s and Best Foods mayonnaise products, three years ahead of schedule. The acceleration of its previously-stated cage-free timeline – which translates into more than a million birds a year . . . 

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Political shots fired as American lawmakers renew war on wolves

By on January 19, 2017 with 10 Comments
Political shots fired as American lawmakers renew war on wolves

Just days after the newly constituted Congress commenced its work in the new year, some legislators from the West and the Great Lakes region showed that they have their fangs out for wolves and other animals. They are threatening not just to enable a massive kill of the ecologically and economically beneficial native carnivores, but . . . 

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Breaking news: Obama Administration sets sweeping new standard for farm animal welfare

By on January 18, 2017 with 39 Comments
Breaking news: Obama Administration sets sweeping new standard for farm animal welfare

In its final major action for animals – this one perhaps promising to improve the treatment for millions and millions of animals in the coming years — the Obama Administration today finalized a rule that clarifies and updates the requirements of the “organic” label, establishing clear and meaningful protections for farm animals raised under that . . . 

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Ringling announcement an indicator of broader shift toward animal protection

By on January 16, 2017 with 449 Comments
Ringling announcement an indicator of broader shift toward animal protection

It was the second thunderbolt from Ringling Bros. in the span of two years – a little more than a flash of time in the company’s 146-year history, but as dramatic and sensational as one could imagine. On Saturday night, during a long holiday weekend when people aren’t paying as much attention to the news . . . 

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After years-long anti-soring campaign, USDA bans torture of walking horses

By on January 13, 2017 with 181 Comments
After years-long anti-soring campaign, USDA bans torture of walking horses

Pushed to act by a series of HSUS undercover investigations and a national campaign that attracted the support of more than 300 members of the U.S. House and Senate across the political spectrum, the U.S. Department of Agriculture today announced strict new rules to crack down on the barbaric practice of horse soring — the . . . 

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Former HSUS doc gives lifesaving advice in new doc about food, agriculture, and health

By on January 12, 2017 with 0 Comments
Former HSUS doc gives lifesaving advice in new doc about food, agriculture, and health

Dr. Michael Greger, former director of public health and animal agriculture at The HSUS and author of the runaway New York Times bestseller How Not to Die, is an extraordinary fount of knowledge about health and diet, and his work and science-based thinking are on full display in a compelling four-part series, “Prescription: Nutrition,” on . . . 

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Breaking news: A six-month reprieve for Yellowstone’s grizzlies

By on January 11, 2017 with 3 Comments
Breaking news: A six-month reprieve for Yellowstone’s grizzlies

The Obama Administration has passed a flaming-hot coal to the Trump Administration – pushing to the incoming leadership at the Interior Department the decision to remove federal Endangered Species Act protections from grizzly bears. Yesterday, news outlets reported that a Rocky Mountain region official with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said that the agency . . . 

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200 more dogs saved from the butcher in South Korea

By on January 10, 2017 with 5 Comments
200 more dogs saved from the butcher in South Korea

Editor’s note: This post has been updated with a link to the HSI news release with a list of the shelters where the dogs are going. Our Humane Society International team has closed down yet another dog meat farm in South Korea, once again becoming the architect of a dramatic turnaround in the fortunes of . . . 

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