Wildlife/Marine Mammals

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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Ringling announcement an indicator of broader shift toward animal protection

Ringling announcement an indicator of broader shift toward animal protection

It was the second thunderbolt from Ringling Bros. in the span of two years – a little more than a flash of time in the company’s 146-year history, but as dramatic and sensational as one could imagine. On Saturday night, during a long holiday weekend when people aren’t paying as much attention to the news . . . 

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Breaking news: A six-month reprieve for Yellowstone’s grizzlies

Breaking news: A six-month reprieve for Yellowstone’s grizzlies

The Obama Administration has passed a flaming-hot coal to the Trump Administration – pushing to the incoming leadership at the Interior Department the decision to remove federal Endangered Species Act protections from grizzly bears. Yesterday, news outlets reported that a Rocky Mountain region official with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said that the agency . . . 

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More gains in India, including on the trade in exotic animal skins and fur

More gains in India, including on the trade in exotic animal skins and fur

We’ve seen some extraordinary gains in the United States for animals in recent years, but India has more than kept pace, particularly since Humane Society International opened an office there five years ago. Working alongside local groups, our HSI team has just succeeded in persuading authorities to ban the import of the skins of exotic . . . 

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While China cracks down on ivory trade, U.S. House sets up attack on Obama-era rules

While China cracks down on ivory trade, U.S. House sets up attack on Obama-era rules

China announced last week a timetable to shutter the ivory market in the world’s most populous country and the biggest trading post for elephant tusks, which are carved into decorative trinkets, necklaces, bracelets, and other household items and jewelry. The year-long phase-out, expected to be completed by the end of 2017, was a follow-up on . . . 

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An open letter – looking back, and charging ahead in 2017

An open letter – looking back, and charging ahead in 2017

Dear Friends: Let’s start the New Year with thanks. Thanks to all of us. Whatever you did as part of the movement to help animals in the year just past, be proud. It was a challenging year. And so many, many people did so much, providing so much support and encouragement. For some, the compassionate . . . 

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Grizzly bear fate likely to rest with Trump Administration

Grizzly bear fate likely to rest with Trump Administration

With just three weeks until the Obama team transfers executive power to the Trump Administration, the current leadership of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is running out of time to remove federal Endangered Species Act protections from the grizzly bear population in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. Yet, with many leaders within the conventional wildlife . . . 

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California, Oregon lead on animal welfare policies, while Mississippi and the Dakotas have the lowest ranks

California, Oregon lead on animal welfare policies, while Mississippi and the Dakotas have the lowest ranks

Each year, The HSUS releases its Humane State rankings based on a wide set of animal welfare policies — covering a total of 93 policy ideas, from protecting farm animals to prohibiting bear and cougar hunting to regulating puppy mills. This year again, California occupies the top spot and handily so. It fortified its outstanding . . . 

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Top 10 victories for all animals in 2016

Top 10 victories for all animals in 2016

We’re operating in a time of punctuated change for animals. It hardly means that we’ve been on a glide path to reform. And it doesn’t mean that we haven’t had setbacks or that we don’t have immense challenges ahead. But what it does mean is that The HSUS’s strategic, focused action, brandishing, and using many . . . 

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Polar bears in the crosshairs of denial and greed

Polar bears in the crosshairs of denial and greed

For years, a small band of lawmakers in Congress – every one of them aligned with Safari Club International – has remained obsessed with securing a rider to allow 41 Americans to import the heads of polar bears they shot some years ago in Canada. Unable to import the heads because of federal animal protection . . . 

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