Black Beauty Ranch residents stay safe and cool in the summer heat

By on August 13, 2020 with 0 Comments

I was happy to see that so many viewers enjoyed watching the fun video of animals enjoying the summer at our Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch in Texas. You can watch it here.

As it turns out, when it’s hot out, bears, gibbons, horses, monkeys, pigs and tigers in sanctuary are not different from us at all. Everybody loves the water and a chance to cool off, and at Black Beauty this month, with temperatures high, sprinklers, ponds, mud wallows, pools, and homemade ice pops are the order of the day, every day.

There are more than 700 animals representing 43 species at Black Beauty, most having landed there as survivors of cruelty cases, abandonment, and other adverse circumstances. Each one of them has his or her own story. But their stories all converge at Black Beauty, where they’re safe and they’re well cared for by a dedicated team. COVID-19 has certainly had its effects, but the standard of care doesn’t waiver at Black Beauty, and neither does our determination to make this forever home one of the best there is.

One of the animals enjoying the water in the video is Loki, a tiger discovered several years ago by law enforcement officials in in the garage of a vacant Houston home. He could barely stand up or turn around in his cramped, makeshift cage, and spent his days lying in a mix of rotting meat, straw, trash, mold, maggots, and his own waste. Loki’s come a long way since then and now has plenty of room—complete with his own waterfall—to spend his days enjoying life.

Black Beauty, like other sanctuaries around the world, is part of a vital network devoted to helping animals harmed or imperiled by crisis. Ensuring safe haven for animals threatened or trapped in bad circumstances is an integral element of humane work. For those displaced, rescued, relinquished or confiscated, sanctuaries are likely to become still more important in the future. That’s one of the reasons we have strongly supported the work of the Big Cat Sanctuary Alliance and the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries in building out this sector for the long term.

In a society that frequently treats animals as expendable and neglects its responsibilities toward them, sanctuaries are sites of moral repair and new beginnings. In these special places, we have a chance to alter the course of mistreatment, misuse and trauma, and to mitigate their impact for the animals who have suffered. In this sense, sanctuaries are alternative spaces in which a new vision of the relationship between humans and other creatures can take root and flourish. They are essential to the idea of a humane world, one in which those creatures who are dependent on our goodwill and our mercy are the beneficiaries of the best we can offer.

Every one of us involved in humane work knows that there are a lot of animals out there who are not as fortunate as Loki and the other residents at Black Beauty, and we spend our waking hours trying to improve their situations. But I think it’s important, even necessary, to dream of a better day for them all. To me, Black Beauty offers a glimpse of the kind of world we can build for animals, a world in which they too can thrive.

This dog’s a survivor!

By on August 12, 2020 with 0 Comments
This dog’s a survivor!

Riptide the dog is a survivor. His story speaks of the worst of humanity, and the best. And his resilience says volumes about the animals we have sworn to help, protect and defend, wherever and however they may be suffering. Whatever we can do for . . . 

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Shaking it up for sharks in 2020

By on August 11, 2020 with 0 Comments
Shaking it up for sharks in 2020

We’ve never cared for the cheap, lurid television programming tied to Shark Week, preferring to join with other groups and media outlets in a celebration of this apex species found in all of the world’s oceans and even sometimes in rivers. Sharks are part of . . . 

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Celebrating lions – and protecting them – across the globe

By on August 10, 2020 with 0 Comments
Celebrating lions – and protecting them – across the globe

Today, on World Lion Day, we celebrate lions as an iconic wild cat species, and we recommit to our campaigns to halt their exploitation and destruction in the United States and abroad. We are giving it all we’ve got. In the wild, of course, this . . . 

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Puerto Rico sets the stage for long-term veterinary support, as HSUS programs to help underserved communities thrive

By on August 6, 2020 with 0 Comments
Puerto Rico sets the stage for long-term veterinary support, as HSUS programs to help underserved communities thrive

The Humane Society of the United States and its affiliates have been pressing hard and with steady success to reduce companion animal overpopulation since the 1970s. Lately, we’ve done so with a special focus on underserved communities and constituencies through our Rural Area Veterinary Services, . . . 

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Virtually the best conference ever: registration open for Taking Action for Animals Online 2020

By on August 5, 2020 with 0 Comments
Virtually the best conference ever: registration open for Taking Action for Animals Online 2020

The fundamental purpose of our marquee advocacy training event, Taking Action for Animals Online, occurring on September 19 and 20, is to support greater political and social engagement by those who care about animals. COVID-19 hasn’t changed a thing in that regard, and TAFA 2020 . . . 

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Attorney for USVI speaks out on animal fighting as HSUS plans trainings on Guam and in USVI

By on August 4, 2020 with 1 Comment
Attorney for USVI speaks out on animal fighting as HSUS plans trainings on Guam and in USVI

We were pleased with today’s news that U.S. Attorney Gretchen C.F. Shappert of the U.S. Virgin Islands has reminded Virgin Islanders that animal fighting is now illegal there under federal law. Shappert’s announcement reflected not simply her strong grasp of the connections between animal fighting . . . 

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Utah’s wildlife agency goes trigger happy with cougar killing quota increase

By on August 4, 2020 with 5 Comments
Utah’s wildlife agency goes trigger happy with cougar killing quota increase

For the better part of a decade, the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources (DWR) has proposed annual increases to the number of cougars that trophy hunters can kill in that state, despite widespread public opposition. Now, DWR is looking not merely to increase hunting quotas, . . . 

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Breaking news: Parent company of Giant Food, Food Lion and Stop & Shop to eliminate cruel cages for egg-laying hens, mother pigs

By on July 31, 2020 with 1 Comment
Breaking news: Parent company of Giant Food, Food Lion and Stop & Shop to eliminate cruel cages for egg-laying hens, mother pigs

Ahold Delhaize, the company that owns some of the largest grocery chains in the United States, including Food Lion, Giant Food, the GIANT Company, Hannaford and Stop & Shop, has announced it will only sell eggs from cage-free chickens across all its stores by 2025 . . . 

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House passes second funding package with welcome news for chimpanzees, right whales and farm animals

By on July 31, 2020 with 2 Comments
House passes second funding package with welcome news for chimpanzees, right whales and farm animals

The U.S. House has just approved additional help for animals, including right whales, chimpanzees and farm animals, as it continues the process of appropriating funds for federal agencies and departments for FY2021. The provisions that passed the full floor today by a vote of 217 . . . 

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Risk of coronavirus among pets remains low, health officials say

By on July 30, 2020 with 1 Comment
Risk of coronavirus among pets remains low, health officials say

We received the sad news today that Buddy, the first dog in the United States known to have contracted the novel coronavirus, passed away on July 11. We share in the grief Buddy’s family is no doubt feeling over the loss of their beloved companion . . . 

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Industry support for Humane Cosmetics Act grows, with 900 companies supporting an end to animal testing

By on July 29, 2020 with 7 Comments
Industry support for Humane Cosmetics Act grows, with 900 companies supporting an end to animal testing

Momentum for passing a federal law against animal testing for cosmetics continues to grow, with some of the strongest support coming from the industry that makes and markets these products. This week, we reached an important milestone with 300 independent companies now officially endorsing the . . . 

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