Wildlife/Marine Mammals

Congressional effort to allow killing hibernating bears and wolf pups in their dens moves to U.S. Senate

Congressional effort to allow killing hibernating bears and wolf pups in their dens moves to U.S. Senate

Last week’s vote on H.J. Res. 69 was one of the most disturbing actions by Congress I’ve witnessed during more than a quarter century of political advocacy for animals. By a 225 to 195 vote, a narrow majority of the U.S. House voted to rescind a rule from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) . . . 

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USDA bends to massive national campaign to restore animal care inspection reports

USDA bends to massive national campaign to restore animal care inspection reports

Nobody much likes what the U.S. Department of Agriculture did two weeks ago in purging thousands of inspection reports for the animal facilities and horse shows under its authority, and pledging not to post new reports on a go-forward basis. USA Today panned the action hard yesterday. Today, the Des Moines Register said it was . . . 

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U.S. House sanctions killing hibernating bears, wolf pups in their dens on federal refuges in Alaska

U.S. House sanctions killing hibernating bears, wolf pups in their dens on federal refuges in Alaska

What the U.S. House of Representatives did today – actually a very narrow majority of the House – was shameful. Cruel. Callous. Venal. The vote in favor of H.J. Resolution 69, authored by Alaska’s Rep. Don Young, was 225 to 193. Those 225 members voted to overturn a federal rule – years in the works, . . . 

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Urgent alert: Your help needed to stop Congress from sanctioning cruelty to wolves and grizzly bears on refuges in Alaska

Urgent alert: Your help needed to stop Congress from sanctioning cruelty to wolves and grizzly bears on refuges in Alaska

Today, The HSUS launched a television advertising campaign to expose a hard-to-stomach and hard-to-comprehend effort in Congress to overturn a federal ban on the most inhumane and unsporting practices seen in the recent history of American wildlife management. This gambit involves the sanctioning, among other deplorable practices, of private citizens going into dens and killing . . . 

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Time to end the era of aerial gunning of grizzlies, other wildlife

Time to end the era of aerial gunning of grizzlies, other wildlife

One of the most despicable acts against animals in contemporary times is the aerial gunning of wildlife – chasing down these animals in aircraft and then strafing them with bullets, mainly as a way to wipe out local populations and artificially boost populations of moose and caribou for hunters to shoot at a later time. . . . 

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Movie producer speaks out on controversy over ‘A Dog’s Purpose’ and on American Humane Association

Movie producer speaks out on controversy over ‘A Dog’s Purpose’ and on American Humane Association

Gavin Polone is a big name in Hollywood, even if he’s not known to the average film-goer and television watcher. He’s an Emmy-nominated film and television producer behind such hits as “Panic Room,” “Gilmore Girls,” “Zombieland,” and “Curb Your Enthusiasm.” But those of us who fight for animals know him as a dedicated, principled advocate . . . 

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Where the Walter Palmers of the world hatch their plans

Where the Walter Palmers of the world hatch their plans

Safari Club International members have assembled in Las Vegas for the group’s annual gathering, which attracts individuals who’ve made a macabre hobby of traveling to the far reaches of the world to kill many of the world’s rarest animals for their heads and hides. What happens in Vegas doesn’t stay in Vegas, in this case, . . . 

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South Africa’s canned lion hunting industry cashes in on global trade in lion bones

South Africa’s canned lion hunting industry cashes in on global trade in lion bones

More than a year ago, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, reacting to a legal petition from The HSUS, HSI, and other animal welfare and conservation groups, announced that the United States was placing African lions on the list of threatened and endangered species. One consequence of enhanced U.S. protections for lions was that American . . . 

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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says it’s time to ban lead ammo, fishing tackle on federal lands

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says it’s time to ban lead ammo, fishing tackle on federal lands

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service last week announced a far-reaching, conservation-minded, and science-based action on the eve of the presidential inauguration – establishing a new policy to phase out the use of lead ammunition and fishing tackle by January 2022 on more than 150 million acres of National Wildlife Refuges and other agency lands . . . 

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Political shots fired as American lawmakers renew war on wolves

Political shots fired as American lawmakers renew war on wolves

Just days after the newly constituted Congress commenced its work in the new year, some legislators from the West and the Great Lakes region showed that they have their fangs out for wolves and other animals. They are threatening not just to enable a massive kill of the ecologically and economically beneficial native carnivores, but . . . 

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