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Confronting Dog Meat Horrors and Other Cruelties on the International Stage

Confronting Dog Meat Horrors and Other Cruelties on the International Stage

Today’s New York Times reports on Humane Society International’s major campaign to end the dog meat trade in South Korea, the only nation that eats dog meat and raises dogs on farms for the plate. There, in the run-up to the 2018 Winter Olympics, we’ve been converting dog farmers to humane alternatives, we’ve been rescuing dogs and bringing . . . 

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A Burst of Federal Rulemaking May Help Millions of Animals

A Burst of Federal Rulemaking May Help Millions of Animals

Last week was a big one for animal protection. Walmart announced it would go cage-free for its egg purchases, and a number of other retailers did the same. “In a virtual tidal wave of announcements, nearly 100 retailers, restaurants, food manufacturers and food service companies have revealed cage-free plans in the last year,” writes Meat & . . . 

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USDA Plans Its Own Big Step — To Strengthen Horse Protection Act and Crack Down on Soring

USDA Plans Its Own Big Step — To Strengthen Horse Protection Act and Crack Down on Soring

With the “Big Lick” segment of the Tennessee walking horse industry showing no willingness to root out the abuse festering in its ranks, the Obama Administration has signaled  readiness to take further measures  to crack down on the cruel practice of “soring.” Late last week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) sent a proposed rule to update its existing Horse Protection Act . . . 

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A Right to Farm, But No Right to Free Speech for Opponents of Animal Abuse?

A Right to Farm, But No Right to Free Speech for Opponents of Animal Abuse?

I’ve written recently about two outrageous and closely related maneuvers in Oklahoma: the first, an effort by the farm lobby and its allies in the puppy mill and cockfighting domains to pass a sweeping and overreaching constitutional amendment by referendum to establish a “right to farm,” and the second, an effort in the state legislature to bar national animal . . . 

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Building a Bridge, Not a Wall, to Mexico on Animal Welfare

Building a Bridge, Not a Wall, to Mexico on Animal Welfare

Those running for President of the United States sure talk about Mexico a lot. So we figured we should too. Humane Society International opened an office in Mexico City last week, hosting a well-attended event that brought together legislators, food companies, government officials, celebrities, and local organizations. We have an office in Canada, and we . . . 

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USDA Lab Results Show Horse Soring Crowd Looks More Than Ever Like Organized Criminals

USDA Lab Results Show Horse Soring Crowd Looks More Than Ever Like Organized Criminals

Trainers and owners in the “Big Lick” segment of the Tennessee Walking horse show world are addicted to injuring horses and breaking federal and state laws against animal cruelty in order to win ribbons at major horse shows. For evidence of that, look no further than the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s latest test results from . . . 

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State of the Animal Union

State of the Animal Union

President Obama goes to the well of the U.S. House tonight to deliver his final State of the Union Address, making the case for his presidency and forecasting what’s ahead for his final year in office. While the country may be fractured on many of the ideas the President advances, there’s one set of issues . . . 

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On the Eve of Greatness – As a Society

On the Eve of Greatness – As a Society

We live in an incredible nation – a nation, like the others, still a work in progress.  Think of it as a body bearing more than a few scars from past travails and battles, and one with its share of open wounds. And think of it as a country full of fault lines, and, as the . . . 

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Wins for Chimps, Elephants, Lions Mark the Biggest Federal Policy Gains in 2015

Wins for Chimps, Elephants, Lions Mark the Biggest Federal Policy Gains in 2015

This year, we helped secure an extraordinary series of gains in the federal policy-making realm — gains ushered in by Congress and federal executive agencies. More broadly, the government banned the use of chimps in experiments, saw new rules to protect elephants against the ivory trade, established new protections for African lions from American trophy hunters, . . . 

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Chimps, Lions, and the Five Freedoms for Farm Animals Take Center Stage: Top 10 Victories of 2015

Chimps, Lions, and the Five Freedoms for Farm Animals Take Center Stage: Top 10 Victories of 2015

Looking back on 2015, think Cecil, Ringling, McDonald’s and Walmart, the National Institutes of Health, the FBI, the European Union, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. They were just a few of the big names at the center of so many big things that happened for animals. It was the highest-impact year in the . . . 

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