Animal Rescue and Care

Feds, HSUS shutter one of nation’s biggest cockfighting arenas

Feds, HSUS shutter one of nation’s biggest cockfighting arenas

This week, the FBI with assistance from The HSUS raided one of the biggest cockfighting pits in the United States, in Citronelle, Alabama—a facility that, while empty when the raid occurred, had multiple pits and enough satellite sheds to house more than 1,000 fighting roosters awaiting their turn to slash other birds to death, or . . . 

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Hundreds of dogs saved from slaughter in China

Hundreds of dogs saved from slaughter in China

China is at the center of the dog meat industry, with as many as 10 million dogs slaughtered each year for human consumption. We are committed to abolishing the whole cruel, unscrupulous practice and enterprise, and last weekend, we put yet another dent in that rickety façade. Members of China Animal Protection Power, a coalition . . . 

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Breaking news: The HSUS pulls 46 dogs from dire circumstances in Arkansas

Breaking news: The HSUS pulls 46 dogs from dire circumstances in Arkansas

The HSUS Animal Rescue Team and local law enforcement officials descended this morning on a horrific sight on a property in Jefferson County, Arkansas – yet another animal crisis situation in the Natural State. In a darkened house, littered with filth, feces, urine, and junk, lived 46 dogs. Most were severely emaciated, with bald patches . . . 

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As Yulin dog meat festival starts, poll shows overwhelming Chinese opposition to dog-meat-eating spectacle

As Yulin dog meat festival starts, poll shows overwhelming Chinese opposition to dog-meat-eating spectacle

With a gruesome dog-killing spectacle about to play out in Yulin, China, in just hours, a new poll of Chinese citizens shows no appetite for the spectacle or the idea of dog eating at all. That poll, commissioned by Humane Society International and the group Avaaz, found that as many as 64 percent of people in . . . 

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Turning anger and pain into action in wake of Orlando tragedies

Turning anger and pain into action in wake of Orlando tragedies

The entire nation is grieving over a series of tragic incidents that have taken place in Orlando within the last week. The mass shooting on Saturday night at a gay nightclub in the city. A two-year-old baby killed by an alligator after he went missing Tuesday night. And in a separate incident on Friday night, . . . 

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Dogs, cats rescued from Yulin – as fight to end the spectacle gathers momentum

Dogs, cats rescued from Yulin – as fight to end the spectacle gathers momentum

This week, Humane Society International’s Peter Li, working with Chinese activists, helped save 29 dogs and five cats from the butcher’s block in Yulin, China, where preparations are on for an annual dog meat festival that begins June 21. “It was a great sense of relief to leave the slaughterhouse cages empty for one day . . . 

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Worse than having a tiger by the tail

Worse than having a tiger by the tail

The Thai authorities had seen enough. The discovery of 60 dead tiger cubs—frozen or preserved in jars—at a so-called tiger sanctuary operated by Buddhist monks in Thailand sparked worldwide outrage, and pressure on the government was mounting to do something. In recent days, authorities did take action, shutting down the operation and removing 137 live tigers . . . 

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Turning off the gas on last gas chamber in California

Turning off the gas on last gas chamber in California

Today, we saw the closure of the last known asphyxiant gas chamber operating at a California animal shelter. If there is euthanasia of healthy animals in that state – and we hope to see that end soon enough, too – dogs and cats will not endure the sometimes protracted and painful death that comes from . . . 

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Breaking news: Feds, The HSUS rescue 66 dogs from dogfighting operations in several states

Breaking news: Feds, The HSUS rescue 66 dogs from dogfighting operations in several states

This morning, at properties in five states as far afield as New Jersey and New Mexico, The HSUS assisted federal law enforcement agents in rescuing 66 dogs from a suspected dogfighting ring. Nine people have been charged with participating in an interstate dogfighting conspiracy. The news is breaking now, and authorities are withholding some information because the investigation is . . . 

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Dog butchering raising howls in Congress and throughout the world

Dog butchering raising howls in Congress and throughout the world

Rep. Alcee L. Hastings, D-Fla., introduced a congressional resolution today condemning China’s dog meat trade and the festival in Yulin, China, where thousands of dogs and cats are slaughtered each year. The resolution, which has 27 original cosponsors, doesn’t have the force of law, but it’s an opportunity for the United States to urge the government of China and Yulin authorities to protect against pet dogs being stolen . . . 

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