Archive for January, 2017

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

By on January 11, 2017 in Public Policy (Legal/Legislative), Wildlife/Marine Mammals with 3 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
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 . . . 

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200 more dogs saved from the butcher in South Korea

200 more dogs saved from the butcher in South Korea

Editor’s note: This post has been updated with a link to the HSI news release with a list of the shelters where the dogs are going. Our Humane Society International team has closed down yet another dog meat farm in South Korea, once again becoming . . . 

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

By on January 9, 2017 in Humane Society International, Wildlife/Marine Mammals with 1 Comment By Wayne Pacelle
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 . . . 

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

By on January 6, 2017 in Public Policy (Legal/Legislative), Wildlife/Marine Mammals with 2 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
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 . . . 

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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, . . . 

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Breaking news: Smithfield will complete transition to group housing for sows by end of 2017

By on January 4, 2017 in Farm Animals with 8 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Breaking news: Smithfield will complete transition to group housing for sows by end of 2017

Smithfield Foods, the world’s largest pork producer, has made more progress away from cruel gestation crates. The company announced today that it has converted 87 percent of its sow housing to group housing systems, and will be at 100 percent by the end of 2017. . . . 

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Rolling Stone crushes puppy mill trade

By on January 3, 2017 in Animal Rescue and Care, Companion Animals with 38 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
<em>Rolling Stone </em>crushes puppy mill trade

Of the entire dizzying array of animal cruelty concerns, there’s not one more top of mind for the American public than puppy mills. It’s a term we’ve all been hearing for decades and we’ve lamented the presence of the industry for at least as long. . . . 

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