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Take out Pizza 

Take out Pizza 

Inside a glass-fronted enclosure at a bustling mall in China, a polar bear named “Pizza” paces around restlessly, swinging his head in frustration over and over. He finds neither comfort nor companionship; only throngs of gawking people, mainly kids, running back and forth, banging on the glass for his attention as they take selfies. It’s . . . 

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On whaling, Japan continues to swim against the tide

On whaling, Japan continues to swim against the tide

Our fight to save whales from commercial whaling continues after a proposal to establish a South Atlantic sanctuary for whales failed this week at the International Whaling Conference, which is still in progress in Portorož, Slovenia. A host of nations far from the South Atlantic voted against the proposal, urged on by Japan, which defied . . . 

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Breaking news: Taiwan votes to end cosmetics animal testing

Breaking news: Taiwan votes to end cosmetics animal testing

Taiwan has become the second major market in Southeast Asia to take a stand against cosmetics cruelty with a vote last week to ban animal testing in the beauty industry. With this new policy, more than 1.7 billion consumers in 34 global markets have directly felt the effects of Humane Society International’s #BeCrueltyFree campaign. The . . . 

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Breaking news: U.S. says `no way’ to trophy imports from South African canned lion hunts

Breaking news: U.S. says `no way’ to trophy imports from South African canned lion hunts

Starting today, the United States will not allow the import of captive-bred lion trophies from South Africa – the world’s leading lion trophy hunting nation by a long shot (600 of the 700 lion trophies that come into the United States each year are from South Africa). U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe . . . 

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Updates from South Carolina, Haiti on disaster response

Updates from South Carolina, Haiti on disaster response

Our disaster response work in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew continues in South Carolina, after our transfer of nearly 100 dogs from shelters there ahead of the storm. We’ve been on the ground in that state since last week, assisting in rescue and relief, which included additional transports of close to 100 other animals. We’re . . . 

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The HSUS responds in wake of destruction wrought by Hurricane Matthew

The HSUS responds in wake of destruction wrought by Hurricane Matthew

Partly because of the enormous interest in the Presidential race, Hurricane Matthew – a massive storm that affected an enormous area of Florida and contributed to immense flooding in the Carolinas – has not gotten the focus it would have otherwise attracted in the national media. We took the forecasts of a cataclysmic storm very . . . 

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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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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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