Companion Animals

200 more dogs saved from the butcher in South Korea

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

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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Rolling Stone crushes puppy mill trade

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

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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Top 10 victories for all animals in 2016

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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A holiday miracle for 110 dogs saved from Yulin’s meat market

A holiday miracle for 110 dogs saved from Yulin’s meat market

Today, Canada welcomed 110 new residents who just took a trip around the world. The dogs, once headed for the butcher’s block at the Yulin dog meat festival in China, were flown last night into Toronto, just in time for the holidays, by Humane Society International/Canada. They are now one giant step closer to adoption . . . 

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Top 10 gains for dogs, cats, and horses in 2016

Top 10 gains for dogs, cats, and horses in 2016

Companion animals are a great source of joy in our lives, in this and every season, and their welfare is a core priority for The HSUS. We celebrate the human-animal bond, and we work to uphold it in every possible way, for our pets as for other animals. Here’s an account of key achievements for . . . 

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In 2016, HSI struck blows to dog meat trade, factory farming, and more

In 2016, HSI struck blows to dog meat trade, factory farming, and more

Just this week, I reported on our progress toward a federal dogfighting ban in Mexico and the shutdown of a major dog meat trading and slaughter hub in South Korea. Our work abroad is expanding at a rapid and ambitious pace, as we continue to apply the skills, resources, and approaches that have made our . . . 

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Defending animals in the courts – key legal gains in 2016

Defending animals in the courts – key legal gains in 2016

At The HSUS, we don’t work only to pass laws but also to enforce them. And one of the best enforcement tools we have is our cadre of two dozen in-house lawyers who pursue a dizzying array of lawsuits and legal petitions in support of our major campaigns. The HSUS legal team also drafts state . . . 

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Riding to the rescue of Puerto Rico’s horses

Riding to the rescue of Puerto Rico’s horses

Vieques is a small island off mainland Puerto Rico, known for one of the world’s most remarkable bioluminescent bays, and for its beautiful, free-roaming horses. Months ago, the mayor of this island, Victor Emeric, called us after he learned about the work we have been doing in Puerto Rico, especially with street dogs. He had . . . 

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