Companion Animals

Judge stays Montreal’s reckless and ineffective breed ban ordinance

Judge stays Montreal’s reckless and ineffective breed ban ordinance

In a judicial act that counts as both a reprieve for pet owners and a stay of execution for dogs, Quebec’s Superior Court has temporarily suspended Montreal’s widely condemned pit bull ban, in response to a request for injunction filed by our friends at the Montreal SPCA. The suspension will continue until a full hearing . . . 

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Montreal fumbles the ball with breed-specific dog ban

Montreal fumbles the ball with breed-specific dog ban

Montreal is bucking a North American trend by enacting an ordinance that bans “pit bull” and “pit bull type” dogs within city limits, setting the stage for the possible euthanasia of hundreds of dogs who’ve done nothing wrong and are targeted solely because of how they look. Most jurisdictions with similar bans, whether cities, counties, . . . 

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The HSUS helps rescue 150 dogs, cats, goats from North Carolina puppy mill

The HSUS helps rescue 150 dogs, cats, goats from North Carolina puppy mill

It’s happened in North Carolina again – not a civil rights controversy or a boycott, but yet another case of animal cruelty exposed. The Cabarrus County Sheriff’s Office teamed up with the HSUS Animal Rescue Team to deliver 105 dogs from the bowels of yet another filthy, overcrowded puppy mill. There were cats and even . . . 

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A stay of execution for 31 more dogs from South Korea

A stay of execution for 31 more dogs from South Korea

Humane Society International’s campaign to stop the slaughter of dogs for meat is unremitting, and today we are announcing that 31 dogs on the verge of being butchered after living on a South Korean dog meat farm are bound for the United States. The dogs arriving today came from an unlicensed and therefore illegal backyard . . . 

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The long march to secure a strong legal framework for animal protection

The long march to secure a strong legal framework for animal protection

Today, Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Penn., tried to pass the Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture (PACT) Act, S. 1831, on the Senate floor. He was pitch-perfect in making the case for the enactment of a federal anti-cruelty statute to punish people who do the worst things to animals on federal property or in relation to interstate . . . 

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Putting a stake in the ground for animals in Puerto Rico

Putting a stake in the ground for animals in Puerto Rico

In 2015, The HSUS, Humane Society International, and the Government of Puerto Rico announced a comprehensive partnership involving governmental agencies, all 78 provincial mayors, and other stakeholders, to transform animal welfare on the island. The partnership covers specialized training for law enforcement officials, animal control agents, social workers, and teachers as a way of dealing . . . 

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Coach Switzer carries the ball in fight against Oklahoma ‘right to farm’

Coach Switzer carries the ball in fight against Oklahoma ‘right to farm’

Coach Barry Switzer gets right to the point. “If SQ 777 passes, it will make it easier for puppy mills to exist. Puppy mill operators will be able to classify themselves as farmers and their animals as livestock,” wrote Switzer, the legendary coach of the University of Oklahoma football team, in a Tulsa World column. . . . 

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Breaking news: HSUS investigation connects New Jersey pet stores to notorious Midwest puppy mills

Breaking news: HSUS investigation connects New Jersey pet stores to notorious Midwest puppy mills

An HSUS undercover investigation covering every known pet store in New Jersey that sells puppies has revealed that many of these businesses sourced animals from puppy mills with Animal Welfare Act violations. Federal inspectors, in some cases, found bleeding or injured dogs and even dead puppies at the worst of the breeders. At some of . . . 

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New York sends lifeline to lab animals

New York sends lifeline to lab animals

In The Humane Economy, I muse about the life of my dog Lily—a mixed breed whose beagle background yowls most prominently—before a rescue group pulled her from a rural shelter that had her on a euthanasia list. A veterinarian with Lost Dog and Cat Rescue said she was four or five when she came into . . . 

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A series of advances for animals—from rescuing animals in crisis to bullhook bans to protecting whales around the world

A series of advances for animals—from rescuing animals in crisis to bullhook bans to protecting whales around the world

I’ve said before that there’s no group like The HSUS—operating on a global scale, advocating for all animals, using every reasonable avenue and approach, and doing it with remarkable impact and force. Yesterday alone provides a great example, with progress on multiple fronts. I wrote in yesterday’s blog about an announcement from the National Institutes . . . 

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