Archive for June, 2017

Department of Commerce move to nix protections for whales, dolphins, turtles makes no sense

Department of Commerce move to nix protections for whales, dolphins, turtles makes no sense

On Monday, the Trump administration announced that it was cancelling plans that would have protected whales, dolphins, and endangered sea turtles from high levels of drowning deaths in drift gillnets set off the California coast. The most puzzling thing about this announcement is that the . . . 

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New signs of hope and despair on dog and cat meat trade in China, with Yulin festival looming

By on June 13, 2017 in Companion Animals, Humane Society International with 51 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
New signs of hope and despair on dog and cat meat trade in China, with Yulin festival looming

This week, Chinese citizens recoiled after learning the story of a man who had baited 500 stray and owned cats with sparrows and other caged birds, captured them, crowded the poor animals into small cages, and made arrangements to sell them to restaurants for human . . . 

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Combating climate change by thinking about diet

By on June 12, 2017 in Farm Animals, Humane Economy with 3 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Combating climate change by thinking about diet

There have been plenty of headlines about the United States pulling away from the Paris agreement on climate change. But even among individuals, institutions, and nations deeply committed to the cause of minimizing the human impact on climate, there is still too little attention to . . . 

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States on the attack against black bears, grizzly bears

States on the attack against black bears, grizzly bears

Throughout the country, humans are crossing paths with bears, and in almost every case, the bears end up on the losing side. This week, near the top of Togwotee Pass in Wyoming, a photographer snapped a picture of a grizzly bear with a Conibear-style furbearer . . . 

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Some British politicians threaten to make foxhunting legal again

Some British politicians threaten to make foxhunting legal again

Election update: Prime Minister Theresa May’s plans to overturn the U.K.’s ban on hound hunting of foxes is almost certainly dead in the water, with the Tories losing their majority in Parliament and requiring a partnership with one or more of the smaller parties to . . . 

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Key federal lawmakers agree that U.S. should stop lagging on banning animal testing for cosmetics

Key federal lawmakers agree that U.S. should stop lagging on banning animal testing for cosmetics

We are in the midst of a global revolution to end the use of animals in cosmetics testing. In recent months, key countries have either banned this unnecessary and inhumane practice, or put in motion plans to do the same. More than a fourth of . . . 

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Online retailer for Prada, Gucci, Michael Kors, and Burberry goes fur-free

Online retailer for Prada, Gucci, Michael Kors, and Burberry goes fur-free

One of the world’s leading online retailers for high fashion has joined the fur-free wagon, building the momentum of our campaign to keep fur off the racks and on the backs of wild animals. This morning, Yoox Net-A-Porter (YNAP), a popular and expanding presence in . . . 

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Nevada joins list of U.S. states to ban trafficking in ivory, rhino horn, and shark fins

Nevada joins list of U.S. states to ban trafficking in ivory, rhino horn, and shark fins

In recent days, Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval has signed a series of animal protection bills into law, including a measure to crack down on wildlife trafficking. It’s the latest example of policy makers and animal advocates teaming up to stop the killing of wild animals . . . 

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Japan’s infamous dolphin hunts target two new species

By on June 2, 2017 in Wildlife/Marine Mammals with 14 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Japan’s infamous dolphin hunts target two new species

The 2009 documentary “The Cove,” by Louie Psihoyos, pulled back the curtain on Japan’s Taiji dolphin hunt, which gave vivid images and details of the gruesome annual killing of dolphins at an isolated inlet in a small town in Wakayama Prefecture. The swell of outrage . . . 

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More dogs pulled from the depths of the South Korean dog meat trade

More dogs pulled from the depths of the South Korean dog meat trade

Our rescue efforts continue for dogs destined for the butcher’s block in South Korea. Today, 12 recently rescued dogs are on the final leg of their journey into loving homes, prepped to start new lives that will bear almost no resemblance to their recent circumstances. . . . 

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