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Breaking news: Massive South Korean dog market shuttered by city government

Breaking news: Massive South Korean dog market shuttered by city government

Officials in the city of Seongnam today announced that they will permanently shutter the dog meat section of Moran Market, South Korea’s largest dog meat market. It is by far the biggest single blow ever against the dog meat trade in the country, and with a local government leading the charge, it’s a new front . . . 

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Mexico moves toward national ban on dogfighting

Mexico moves toward national ban on dogfighting

Last Thursday, Mexico’s Chamber of Deputies (the analog to our U.S. House of Representatives) gave its approval to national anti-dogfighting legislation, bringing us one major step closer to a countrywide ban on the barbaric practice. Many among Mexico’s 31 states and one federal district forbid the practice, but it’s essential that a national policy be . . . 

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Rescues, key U.S. and global campaigns highlight our top videos of the year

Rescues, key U.S. and global campaigns highlight our top videos of the year

The HSUS uses videos as a key instrument in our campaign to tell the story of our human relationships with animals. Nothing tells the story better. Some of these videos chronicle uplifting happenings – animals rescued and then placed in forever homes, or formerly abused animals with their lives entirely turned around and living in . . . 

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Ohio lawmakers crack down on cockfighting, bestiality, but give puppy mills a pass

Ohio lawmakers crack down on cockfighting, bestiality, but give puppy mills a pass

In Ohio, last night, it was the best of times and the worst of times. As the state legislature closed in on the end of its lame-duck session, state lawmakers gave final approval to a bill that became a veritable Christmas tree of issues, including three key animal-related measures (two of them very good and . . . 

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The HSUS and affiliates provided hands-on care to nearly 300,000 animals in 2016

The HSUS and affiliates provided hands-on care to nearly 300,000 animals in 2016

At The Fund for Animals Wildlife Center in San Diego County, the staff treats a wide range of native animals who are in some kind of trouble. But when a call came in from a hiker who claimed to have found a sick bald eagle in the woods, their bat ears and their skepticism went . . . 

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Obama actions, SeaWorld, Harambe among most popular blogs of 2016

Obama actions, SeaWorld, Harambe among most popular blogs of 2016

As part of my 2016 round-up of our accomplishments and activities, today I run through the 10 most popular blogs for the year – the ones that got the most page views (I write about 275 blogs a year, or one each weekday). These include four blogs covering a bill signing or a final rulemaking . . . 

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Daniel in the lying den

Daniel in the lying den

In March, the HSUS Animal Rescue Team freed about 300 animals from the horrors of an Arkansas puppy mill, which confined living dogs among their dead and decomposing kin. Inside a dilapidated shed filled with trash and used equipment, our team found Daniel, a little tri-colored Shepherd puppy, along with his mother and sibling. As . . . 

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Happy Thanksgiving to all and happy birthday to The HSUS

Happy Thanksgiving to all and happy birthday to The HSUS

Yesterday was the 62nd anniversary of The HSUS’s incorporation. The organization, founded in 1954, has changed the political, cultural, and economic landscape for animals in the United States and abroad. We’ve got so much more work to do, but this holiday is a good time to reflect on what we’ve done together, and to give . . . 

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Puppy mill cruelty rears its head in Iowa

Puppy mill cruelty rears its head in Iowa

A photo this week of George W. and Laura Bush’s new puppy, adopted from the SPCA of Texas, reminds us that our previous Republican president and his wife are avowed animal lovers. Their compassion also reminds us that so many tens of millions of us love animals and want to be their protectors and not . . . 

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A Trump administration and animal protection

A Trump administration and animal protection

In the United States, we fight like cats and dogs during elections. But in their aftermath, we’re not nearly as forgiving as creatures who get into a scrape and then put the tussle behind them. The nation has just gone through a tough battle, with half the country supporting one candidate and half backing the . . . 

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