American wolves need to be protected, not hunted

By on December 17, 2018 with 0 Comments

American wolves are once again under urgent attack. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is readying a proposal to strip Endangered Species Act protections from wolves across the entire continental United States, which would arrest the recovery of these animals and banish them forever to isolated remnants of their historic range. Already, Idaho, Montana and Wyoming allow trophy hunters, trappers and ranchers to kill wolves, and their programs are likely to expand dramatically once federal protection disappears. We recently got a taste of what this will look like nationwide, when a hunter killed a beloved wolf who stepped out of the protected confines of Yellowstone National Park into Montana.

For years, the Humane Society of the United States has been a bulwark against this war on wolves. We’ve won a series of landmark legal cases to keep wolves protected under the ESA, and we have fended off Congressional attempts to reduce protections for these iconic American carnivores. We’ve even advanced and won state ballot initiatives to keep wolves out of the crosshairs and defended those victories in court.

Americans love wolves, and we want to protect them, not stand by as federal and state agencies send them into extinction. That is why, today, we, along with the Center for Biological Diversity, are proposing an alternative way forward to give wolves the needed protections, including reclassifying gray wolves from “endangered” to “threatened” status under the ESA.

Just because wolves are doing relatively well in in one core area does not mean that the entire species is recovered, and cutting ESA protections across the country, as the FWS has in mind, can cause serious and irreparable harm. The petition we are filing today recognizes that wolves occupy only a fraction of their historical range and must be protected and allowed to flourish in areas of suitable habitat. It aims to continue federal protection and funding of wolf recovery efforts and encourages the FWS to develop a national recovery plan for the species.

Under our proposal, federal and state agencies would have the flexibility to address specific wolf conflicts and livestock and property damage. This would foster true recovery, while maintaining a degree of flexibility to address local concerns.

The strategy we have proposed is based on the best available science and sound legal grounds, rather than a narrative of politics and fear. We strongly believe that by accepting our proposed solution, the FWS can avoid prolonged litigation and advance the interests not merely of wolves but of most Americans, by protecting our country’s most iconic wildlife, not putting them in trophy hunters’ crosshairs.

Breaking news: WTO rules to protect dolphins from tuna fishing fleets

By on December 14, 2018 with 3 Comments
Breaking news: WTO rules to protect dolphins from tuna fishing fleets

The World Trade Organization delivered a decisive victory today to protect dolphins in one of the longest-running global fights for animal welfare. All tuna sold in the United States with the dolphin-safe label must be caught using methods designed to protect dolphins from harm. Fishing . . . 

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Breaking news: New Jersey becomes first state to adopt a sweeping ban on wild animals in circuses

By on December 14, 2018 with 18 Comments
Breaking news: New Jersey becomes first state to adopt a sweeping ban on wild animals in circuses

New Jersey has made history by becoming the first state in the country to ban the use of numerous wild animal species, including elephants, tigers, lions, bears and primates, in circuses and traveling shows. Governor Phil Murphy today signed into law a measure that recognizes . . . 

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Breaking news: Farm Bill clears Congress; House votes to protect pets from domestic violence, outlaw dog meat and prevent animal fighting in U.S. territories

By on December 12, 2018 with 31 Comments
Breaking news: Farm Bill clears Congress; House votes to protect pets from domestic violence, outlaw dog meat and prevent animal fighting in U.S. territories

The U.S. House has just passed the Farm Bill, and we’re celebrating great wins for animals. Most importantly, the bill does not contain the reckless King amendment, which could have nullified state and local laws that address, among other issues, prohibiting horse slaughter for food, . . . 

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HSUS asks feds to investigate Pilgrim’s Pride’s misleading claims about its chickens

By on December 12, 2018 with 4 Comments
HSUS asks feds to investigate Pilgrim’s Pride’s misleading claims about its chickens

Today, the Humane Society of the United States asked the Federal Trade Commission, the government agency charged with protecting consumers, to investigate allegedly deceptive marketing claims made by Pilgrim’s Pride, the second largest chicken producer in the United States, which wrongly leads consumers to believe . . . 

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Breaking news: Senate approves Farm Bill minus King amendment; includes major wins for animals

By on December 11, 2018 with 7 Comments
Breaking news: Senate approves Farm Bill minus King amendment; includes major wins for animals

Update! The U.S. Senate has just voted to approve the Farm Bill by a vote of 87 to 13. The bill did not include the dreaded King amendment that had the potential to nullify important state and local laws protecting animals, but senators approved three . . . 

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Undercover investigation exposes Petland’s treatment of sick puppies

By on December 11, 2018 with 25 Comments
Undercover investigation exposes Petland’s treatment of sick puppies

A dead puppy in the freezer. Puppies with hacking coughs and runny noses. Sick puppies confined to isolation. Overcrowded cages. These are just a few of the shocking details our undercover investigators found at two different Petland, Inc. pet stores last fall. It’s been 10 . . . 

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HSI rescuers battle natural and man-made disasters to help animals around the world

By on December 10, 2018 with 2 Comments
HSI rescuers battle natural and man-made disasters to help animals around the world

Every day, Humane Society International battles incredible odds to help and rescue animals in difficult and perilous situations, in countries scattered around the globe. The organization’s expertise and dedication is in evidence many times each year, whether they are responding within hours to a flood . . . 

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Pets in the workplace: Why we let the HSUS go to the dogs

By on December 7, 2018 with 0 Comments
Pets in the workplace: Why we let the HSUS go to the dogs

One of the great benefits of working at the Humane Society of the United States is that staff members can bring their pets to our offices. For me, that means Lilly, my sidekick, can come to work with me. She loves nothing more than visiting . . . 

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HSUS, HSI and partners sue U.S. over failure to protect giraffes

By on December 6, 2018 with 3 Comments
HSUS, HSI and partners sue U.S. over failure to protect giraffes

Giraffes are in desperate need of protection. There are fewer giraffes than elephants now in the wild, and if we are to protect these gentle and beautiful animals from going extinct, we need to act fast to keep them out of the sights of trophy . . . 

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