Companion Animals

Breaking news: Mexico adopts felony-level penalties for dogfighting

Breaking news: Mexico adopts felony-level penalties for dogfighting

In a groundbreaking victory for countless dogs caught up in Mexico’s animal fighting trade, the nation’s Senate has put the final stamp of approval on a comprehensive law that bans all dogfighting in the country and establishes tough penalties, including imprisonment and fines, for anyone involved in dogfighting activities like organizing fights, owning or trading . . . 

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Cuomo signs budget to provide $5 million for NY shelters

Cuomo signs budget to provide $5 million for NY shelters

Yesterday, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a 2017-18 state budget that includes a little-noticed item—one that until this year never found its way into fine print in the state’s spending plan. It’s a $5 million funding source, designated as the Companion Animal Capital Fund, that provides independent humane societies, SPCAs, and nonprofit and municipal . . . 

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10,000 dog adoptions, through HSUS pet stores conversion program

10,000 dog adoptions, through HSUS pet stores conversion program

This week, the HSUS Puppy-Friendly Pet Stores conversion program surpassed a milestone: participating pet stores have adopted out more than 10,000 shelter and rescue dogs since we started the effort. After launching this campaign in 2013, we’ve worked with 20 pet stores across the country to stop selling puppy mill dogs and to make homeless . . . 

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This week, lawmakers introduced a swirl of major reforms to help animals, taxpayers

This week, lawmakers introduced a swirl of major reforms to help animals, taxpayers

A few years ago, a group of very special citizens trekked from a number of states to Capitol Hill to lobby for a ban on shark finning in U.S. waters. Some of them had a bit of difficulty getting around, parts of their legs missing. Other took extra time to dress for the occasion, given . . . 

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South Korea, Indonesia, and other fronts in the dog meat battle

South Korea, Indonesia, and other fronts in the dog meat battle

This week, we celebrated the transport of 55 dogs from South Korea to the United States, rescued just before they were splayed on a butcher’s block and destined for the pot. It’s our seventh major rescue in South Korea, where we help transition the farmers to other professions or welcome them into retirement. While the . . . 

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Humane Society International closes another dog meat farm in South Korea (our seventh)

Humane Society International closes another dog meat farm in South Korea (our seventh)

“When I first entered the darkness, the overpowering stench of feces and urine made me retch,” said Adam Parascandola of Humane Society International. “The ammonia burned the back of my throat. We could hear the cacophony of desperate barking but we couldn’t see their faces, just their eyes peering out.” Some of the dogs cowered . . . 

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Arkansas poised to enact draconian ag-gag measure

Arkansas poised to enact draconian ag-gag measure

The attack on animals – and the people who defend them – isn’t just happening on the federal level. It’s happening in some important states, too. The Arkansas Senate yesterday approved a controversial state “ag-gag” bill that allows employers in Arkansas to sue workers who expose cruelty at their workplaces. It had passed the House . . . 

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HSUS 2016 annual report: Transformational progress for orcas and elephants, farm and lab animals, and others

HSUS 2016 annual report: Transformational progress for orcas and elephants, farm and lab animals, and others

Today, we officially release our 2016 annual report. I hope you’ll read and take pride in the progress we are making across such a wide range of issues and challenges. Below, I’ve closely reproduced my President’s essay from the report. I’m proud to note that thanks to you, we grew our net assets by nearly . . . 

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The United States needs a federal anti-cruelty statute

The United States needs a federal anti-cruelty statute

I’ll get to that matter, but some background first. In 2014, South Dakota became the 50th state to adopt felony-level penalties for malicious cruelty. That action puts an exclamation point on the notion that opposition to the worst forms of cruelty is a universal value in the United States and that people who commit such . . . 

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Airplane-aided hunting, contest killing, ag-gag, tigers in the backyard, and dogs in hot cars flare up in legislative debates across the nation

Airplane-aided hunting, contest killing, ag-gag, tigers in the backyard, and dogs in hot cars flare up in legislative debates across the nation

Legislative activity is furious at the federal and state level. This week, lawmakers introduced three new animal protection bills (banning the sale of dog and cat meat in the United States, creating a federal anti-cruelty statute, and outlawing the sale of shark fins). Next week, the U.S. Senate may take up H.J. Res. 69, or . . . 

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