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Pangolins and other imperiled species win big protections at United Nations wildlife gathering

Pangolins and other imperiled species win big protections at United Nations wildlife gathering

There’s mostly good news, but also some disappointing outcomes, coming from Johannesburg and the meeting of delegates from 183 nations at the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). In a marker of continuing momentum for our anti-ivory-trade campaign, the parties have approved a resolution recommending the closure of . . . 

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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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Burger King says no more battery cages and gestation crates in Western Hemisphere

Burger King says no more battery cages and gestation crates in Western Hemisphere

Today, Burger King — via its parent company Restaurant Brands International — became the first major fast food chain to set a timeline for switching to 100 percent cage-free eggs and gestation crate-free pork in its entire supply chain in Latin America. In 2012, our work with Burger King helped the company become the first . . . 

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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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Court affirms European ban on cruel cosmetics

Court affirms European ban on cruel cosmetics

Blinding, poisoning, and killing animals in the name of beauty has never stood a chance in the court of public opinion. But it’s survived for too long as a legal enterprise because industry has thwarted reform with pretenses about the lack of alternatives, and politicians have sidestepped our moral duty to innocent creatures. However, the . . . 

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States, corporations acting to end extreme confinement of animals on industrial farms

States, corporations acting to end extreme confinement of animals on industrial farms

Today, my colleague Paul Shapiro participated in a debate sponsored by WBUR, The Boston Globe, and UMass Boston about Question 3 – the statewide ballot measure in the Commonwealth that bans cage confinement of veal calves, breeding sows, and laying hens, and also stipulates that selling animal products from immobilizing cages and crates won’t be . . . 

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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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Breaking news: Latin American food giant goes cage-free

Breaking news: Latin American food giant goes cage-free

The tide in our cage-free campaign has now turned in Latin America, with Alsea, a major food retail conglomerate with operations throughout Latin America and Europe, announcing this week that it will switch to 100 percent cage-free eggs. The new policy, which follows several years of discussion with Humane Society International, will apply to all . . . 

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Mammoth news about elephants and their status

Mammoth news about elephants and their status

The number of elephants in the African savanna is in drastic decline, their population having dwindled by 30 percent between 2007 and 2014, according to the Great Elephant Census, the first-ever pan-African survey of savanna elephants. The report, released today, was funded by philanthropist (and HSUS supporter) Paul G. Allen. This extraordinarily detailed and comprehensive . . . 

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Merci to France for saying ‘non!’ to wildlife traffickers

Merci to France for saying ‘non!’ to wildlife traffickers

France has become the first European country to ban the domestic trade in ivory and rhino horn. This lifesaving policy, announced by Environment Minister Ségolène Royal, goes far beyond the European Union’s current wildlife trade regulations and follows a series of progressive steps that Royal has already taken to combat wildlife trafficking since 2014. Royal . . . 

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